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The Winner of MJSA’s 2017 Online Design Challenge Is…

Design by Liz Sabol

...Liz Sabol of Liz Sabol Jewelry Art,  Pittsburgh 

This year’s challenge involved designing a jewelry piece featuring three Sri Lankan blue sapphires, sourced from the project’s sponsor, Omi Gems in Los Angeles, for Jenny O’Leary, a young widow and mother of two boys. In the fictional scenario, Jenny’s mother-in-law wanted to have a special piece created for Jenny that would serve as a tribute to her son Tim, the man she and Jenny had both loved and lost too soon. Our nine participating designers created jewelry to honor Tim’s legacy and his devotion to his family and the community he served as a police officer. Throughout the year, we posted a different designer’s vision online, along with the story behind it. In October, we invited readers and viewers to vote for their favorite designs, and Liz Sabol claimed the top prize with her colorful pendant that featured two detachable tie tacks. To read the story behind the designs and to see other designers’ work, click here.

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Knowledge Center

Now Online: A Look Ahead


This month’s MJSA Journal features a look to the future, covering upcoming trends and technologies, as well as a look at the past, presenting tributes to one of the industry’s greats—Alan Revere.

A Look Ahead 
Jewelry trends
By Shawna Kulpa
Technologies and trends to watch in 2018

A Craft, Revered
Remembering Revere
By Shawna Kulpa
Paying tribute to a master who loves jewelry making and design—and helped others feel the same way

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"More than other publications, MJSA Journal is oriented toward people like me: those trying to earn a living by designing and making jewelry," says Jim Binnion of James Binnion Metal Arts. Click here for a FREE four-month trial subscription, and see how MJSA Journal can help your professional success.


AVAILABLE NOW: A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Guide for Jewelry Makers and Designers

Suitable for shop owners, students, and instructors alike, A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeships provides detailed insights into all aspects of setting up a training program in the shop. It includes tests and projects through which apprentices can best learn about specific tools and skills; safety checkpoints; and interviews with professional jewelers who relate their own successful experiences with apprenticeships. Click here to learn more.


MJSA Expo: The Future of Jewelry Making & Design

MJSA Expo 2018From its start in 1968 in New York City’s old Americana Hotel (now the Sheraton in Times Square), MJSA Expo has evolved to become the trade show dedicated to the best in jewelry-related tools, equipment, supplies and services—and its still showing the path forward. The 2018 show will run March 11-13 at the Javits Center (concurrently with the JA New York fine jewelry show). Click on the links to learn more—and sign up for our e-newsletter to learn when registration opens!

MJSA Expo 2018 Exhibitor List
MJSA Expo 2018 Seminars
MJSA Expo 2018 Exhibiting Info


MJSA’s At the Bench & Beyond Returns to Tucson

MJSA’s signature seminar program at AGTA GemFair Tucson will this year feature Nanz Aalund, Sam Patania, Gary Dawson, and Charles Lewton-Brain presenting sessions on everything from shop training to filing, foldforming, and the basics of custom design. Click here to see the full schedule.

Sourcing Help

Read the Latest Edition of the MJSA Retail Link

Retail Link Spring-Summer 2017Find the latest finished lines and designs from MJSA members, as well as display and packaging, watch accessories, and premier services and supplies to help meet your custom and repair needs. This issue also features a "Custom Design Insights" article by Gary Dawson on how to connect with customers.

Click here to read the latest edition.


More Online Sourcing

Click here to view the online edition of the 2017 MSA Buyer’s Guide.

Click here to view theMJSA Guide to Subcontractors.

Click here to view the MJSA Product Showcase.

Where to Find MJSA View Industry Events Calendar

AGTA GemFair Tucson— Jan. 30 - Feb. 4, 2018
AZ, | G-6, 2115
MJSA Expo— Mar. 11 - 13, 2018
NY, | 538
JCK Las Vegas— Jun. 1 - 4, 2018
NV, | B68050
JA New York Summer— Jul. 15 - 17, 2018
NY, | 3800
Atlanta Jewelry Show— Aug. 4 - 6, 2018
GA, | 9 Lobby
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About MJSA

MJSA is the trade alliance dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design. By tapping into the collective strength of our community, MJSA members find the expertise, connections, and support needed to maintain quality, reach new customers, and succeed. Click here to learn more about membership.

AGTA GemFair Tucson

Jan. 30 - Feb. 4, 2018

Finished fine jewelry, finished fashion jewelry, gemstones, beads, business services, contract services, manufacturing equipment and supplies, and retail displays. Includes seminars.



Mar. 11 - 13, 2018

Manufacturing tools, equipment, and supplies; finished fine jewelry; finished fashion jewelry; gemstones; beads; contract manufacturing services; business services. Special features include educational seminars and live demonstrations.


JCK Las Vegas

Jun. 1 - 4, 2018

Finished fine jewelry, finished fashion jewelry, gemstones, business services, manufacturing equipment and supplies, and retail displays.


JA New York Summer

Jul. 15 - 17, 2018

Finished fine jewelry, finished fashion jewelry, gemstones, beads, business services, manufacturing equipment and supplies, and retail displays. Includes educational program.


Atlanta Jewelry Show

Aug. 4 - 6, 2018

Finished fine jewelry, finished fashion jewelry, gemstones, beads, contract services, business services, manufacturing equipment and supplies, and displays.