Winners of the 14th Annual American Vision Awards

Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America named the winners 2005 American Vision Awards during the MJSA Expo, held March 6-8 in New York City.

MJSA’s annual design competition recognizes the talent and innovation of designers whose work is influencing the future design trends in jewelry. The pieces were judged on originality, creativity, presentation quality, effective use of materials, wearability, and the design’s perceived manufacturing and marketing potential.

The 2005 AVA Winners are:

* Professional Category 1st place: Nicholas Licata of Licata Jewelers Inc. in Sylvania, Ohio; Diamondback Rings, 14k yellow and white gold with pearls and accented with diamonds.

* Professional Category 2nd place: H. James Kaya of Solair Jewelers in Boston; platinum and 18k gold rubellite Pendant with diamonds.

* 1st Place Category Student: Anne Lund, GIA, of Alamogordo, N.M.; 18k yellow gold wire necklace, set with diamonds, varying sizes of white and pink freshwater pearls, and a large white baroque pearl.

* 2nd Place Category Student: Yutao Liu, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City; reversible pendant: three-dimensional abstract flower, with diamonds and colored sapphires.

* Platinum Distinction 1st place: H. James Kaya of Solair Jewelers in Boston; platinum tension-set ring with natural yellow sapphire and diamonds.

* Platinum Distinction 2nd place: Omri Adelson Dejano of New York City; Forever Love, convertible brooch/pendant made of cobalt platinum with a trillion-cut diamond, natural blue sapphire cabochons, and diamond accents.

* Crystal Distinction 1st place: Chow Hartanti of Irienna?s Art in Duluth, Ga.; flower pattern necklace made with Swarovski crystals in fuchsia, olivine and clear colors.

* Crystal Distinction 2nd place: Michele Bock of Eve’s Circle in Normal, Ill.; Star Chrysanthemum Hairpins.

* Silver Distinction 1st place: Todd Reed of Todd Reed Inc. in Boulder, Colorado; 18k gold, 22k gold, and sterling silver hand-forged pin with patina, large raw diamond cube, and brilliant-cut diamonds.

* Silver Distinction 2nd place: Marie Scarpa of Marie Scarpa Designs in Petaluma, Calif.; Sole e Luna, sterling silver pin/pendant with curved spires set with freshwater pearls and citrines, and hand woven with fine silver and 18k wire.

* Mokume-gane Distinction 1st place: Steve Midgett of Earthshine Mokume Inc. in Franklin, N.C.; Shell Form brooch in 18k yellow and red gold mokume-gane with pink Belizean conch pearl and diamonds.

* Mokume-gane Distinction 2nd place: Lisa Krikawa of Krikawa Jewelry Designs in Tucson, Arizona; Mokume curls, 14k palladium white gold and mokume-gane ring with moissanite and diamond accents.

* Reactive Metals Distinction 1st place: Joan Dulla of Chandler, Ariz.; hand crocheted and anodized niobium-wire necklace with Swarovski crystals.

* Reactive Metals Distinction 2nd place: Charles P. Bahringer of Bayside, Wisconsin; titanium ring with diamonds (titanium is anodized aqua).

* CAD/CAM Distinction 1st place: Charles P. Bahringer of Bayside, Wisconsin; platinum ring with four slabs of onyx and diamond accents.

* CAD/CAM Distinction 2nd place: Lee Krumbholz of Krumbholz Jewelers in Cincinnati; 18k white gold ?flame? ring with 11.82 ct. peridot and diamond.

* CAD/CAM Distinction Honorable Mention: Vache Minassian of Golden Link of N.J. in New York City; 18k white and yellow gold reversible bracelet with blue, yellow, and pink sapphires, and diamonds.

All of the winners will receive cash awards of up to $1,000 as well as recognition in AJM Magazine and MJSA news releases, on MJSA Online, and in leading industry publications. In addition, the first-place winner for CAD/CAM Distinction winners will receive a Model Master CNC 1000 Milling Machine, valued at $15,500, courtesy of Model Master.