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Sunday, March 20, 2011

MJSA Announces Winners of Vision Awards

MJSA Announces Winners of Vision Awards

Winners were recognized at ceremonies during MJSA Expo New York


ATTLEBORO FALLS, MASSACHUSETTS--MJSA, the association for jewelry makers and designers, announced the winners of its annual Vision Awards, which honor excellence injewelry design as well as technical skill. The winners were presented with their awards at a ceremony during MJSA Expo New York at the Hilton New York on March 14, and the winning entries were on display for thousands of buyers and exhibitors during the show.

Gregoré Morin of Gregoré Joailliers, Santa Barbara, California, and Julie Buckareff of JJ Buckar, Toronto, took honors in the Professional Design Excellence category--Morin for anobjet d'art depiciting Hiruko, one of the seven lucky gods of Japan, and Buckar for "Bird's Nest," a locket brooch made of 18k rose gold wire and 19k white gold leaves. Both entries also received honors in the Laser Distinction category, sponsored by LaserStar Technologies Corp.

The competition also recognized entries in four additional categories: Visionary Technical Solution, for designs that overcame technical challenges or explored the use of new materials; Gold Distinction, sponsored by Hoover & Strong; Custom Design Distinction, sponsored by Gemvision; and the Future of the Industry awards for students, sponsored by the MJSA Education Foundation. Rio Grande was the general sponsor of this year's competition, and Instore and Metalsmith magazines were the media sponsors.

The winners of the 2011 MJSA Vision Awards are:

1st Pl. Professional Gregore MorinFirst Place, Design Excellence, and First Place, Laser Distinction
Gregoré Morin of Gregoré Joailliers, Santa Barbara, California, for"Hiruko." an 18k white and yellow gold objet d'art measuring 43 mm tall and 62 mm wide. The diminutive sculpture of Hiruko, one of the seven lucky gods of Japan, features a Mexican fire opal body and a round white gold head that are joined by hidden magnets. The figure's yellow gold traditional hat is topped by a Paraiba tourmaline and accented with diamonds along the rim and the bolo tie.

2nd Pl. Professional Julie BuckareffSecond Place, Design Excellence; Second Place, Laser Distinction; andSecond Place, Gold Distinction
Julie Buckareff of JJ Buckar, Toronto, for "Bird's Nest," an 18k rose gold and 19k white gold locket brooch featuring a Torré del Greco Italian hand-carved cameo shell. The leaves are set with 830 diamonds totaling 5.10 carats. The underside reveals two double-sided picture frames accented with pink and blue sapphires.

1st Pl. VTS Adam NeeleyFirst Place, Visionary Technical Solution
Adam Neeley of Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry Inc., Laguna Beach, California, for "Captivate," a pin/pendant hand-fabricated in "Iris Gold." Featuring a seamless gradient created by fusion, the gold gradually transitions in color from 24k yellow gold through seven colors of gold to 9k white gold. The pin is accented with an 11.1 mm Tahitian peacock pearl.

Second Place, Visionary Technical Solution
Edward Rosenberg and Mirella Connor of Edward Mirell, Deerfield Beach,2nd Pl. VTS Edward MirellFlorida, for "Wave," a women's black titanium signet ring featuring an insert of sterling silver set with diamonds. Modeled in Matrix software, this ring was milled in wax, finessed, and cast in black titanium (Black Ti). The resulting ring was polished in some areas and sandblasted in others to accentuate the delicate wave pattern. Last, the insert was cold-connected after polishing and the setting of the diamonds.

1st Pl. Gold Barbara Heinrich

First Place, Gold Distinction
Barbara Heinrich of Barbara Heinrich Studio, Pittsford, New York, for"Blossom," an 18k yellow gold brooch. The piece features 14 diamonds totaling 0.21ct.

First Place, Custom Design Distinction
Cynthia Zava of Cynthia Renée Inc., Carrboro, North Carolina, for "Torres del Paine," a ring1st Pl. Custom Design Cynthia Zavafeaturing a 5.69 carat ice-blue tourmaline from Afghanistan. Zava made the ring for a client who, with her family, had visited Torres del Paine National Park at the mountainous southern tip of Patagonia in Chile. The stone mirrors the color of the glacial lakes of Patagonia. Zava hand-carved the rose gold portions of the ring to echo the mountains of Torres del Paine, and used the horns of the ridges as prongs. She placed white gold "glaciers" between the ring's peaks. The glaciers' roughened surfaces were formed in wax from the combined fingerprints of each family member on the trip.

Second Place, Custom Design Distinction
2nd Pl. Custom Design Dorren SanbornDoreen K. Sanborn, DKS Designs Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, for "Art Deco/Art Nouveau," a 14k gold necklace featuring a 38.60 carat aquamarine carved by Michael Dyber and a 13 mm Eyris blue abalone pearl from New Zealand. The gem is carved on one side in an Art Deco style, and the other side in an Art Nouveau style. Sanborn's client had several specific requirements: she wanted to be able to wear either side of the gem as the front, to accompany the gem with an accent gemstone that could be added or removed, and to have the changes easy to make, yet the mechanics nearly invisible when the necklace was worn. Sanborn designed a removable and movable bar stockade setting for the pearl, and a stirrup attachment for the chain to attach to and detach from the aquamarine.

1st Pl. Student Young-Eun HanFirst Place, Future of the Industry Award for Students
Young-eun Han, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, for"Industrial Ring," a layered ring. The inner layer is a band of stainless steel. The outside layer was made by carving the shape out of wax, making a silicone mold of the model, and then casting it with a mixture of cement and resin. The result is a piece that combines industrial materials yet is still light and comforting to the hand.

2nd Pl. Student Natalia DaVidichSecond Place, Future of the Industry Award for Students
Natalia Davidich, Kharkiv State Academy of Design & Arts, Ukraine, for "Brooklyn," a yellow gold ring with a white insertion in the center. Gold filaments are passed through special rounded loops to imitate the cables of a bridge. The reflection from the inside of the ring creates a unique visual effect. The edges of the ring are decorated in diamonds.

MJSA recognizes Vision Award winners through both publicity and advertising in industry publications, which in 2011 will include full-page ads in Instore, Metalsmith, and the association's own MJSA Journal. Prizes included gift certificates of up to $500 (courtesy of Rio Grande), cash awards, book libraries, and, for student winners, scholarships of up to $1,000.

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