Announcing the 2016 MJSA Vision Award Winners
Baiyang Qiu’s "Emerging" brooch/pendant (right) was among the 10 winning pieces in this year’s MJSA Vision Awards competition, which annually celebrates outstanding talent in jewelry design. Baiyan’s brooch was among four pieces honored in the "Professional Design Excellence" category; other professional categories included CAD/CAM Distinction, Custom Design Distinction, Laser Distinction, and, for the first time, Responsible Practices Distinction. In addition, two students received Future of the Industry Awards, along with scholarships to help further their pursuit of a professional career.
Click here to see all of the winning entries.
Thank you to the 2016 sponsors for helping to make this year’s competition a success: Century Casting (Custom Design Sponsor), EnvisionTEC (CAD/CAM Distinction), LaserStar Technologies (Laser Distinction), Rio Grande (General Sponsor), Umicore (Responsible Practices Distinction), the MJSA Education Foundaton (Future of the Industry Award), and Instore and Metalsmith magazines (Media Sponsors).
June MJSA Journal Features:
From Small Changes... by Shawna Kulpa
Despite annual sales increases of 50 percent a few years ago, Lashbrook Designs wasn’t operating efficiently. In this next installment in our periodic "Made in the USA" series, owner Eric Laker explains why and how his company made a team effort to embrace the kaizen principle of continuous improvement.
Everything’s Fine by John Shanahan
This is the next installment in a periodic series, "The Art of Handcraft," in which traditional metalworking techniques will be explored and explained. In this installment, Victoria Lansford discusses the intricate art of filigree and offers her best tips for mastering this demanding technique. MJSA Members Only.
Untangling the Web by Matthew A. Perosi
The internet has transformed the way we do business to the point that if you don’t have an online presence, you don’t exist for many consumers. Matthew A. Perosi discusses the most crucial components of a website and offers tips for how jewelers can get the most out of their sites. MJSA Members Only.
MJSA Online Design Challenge: A Long Time Coming
A loving couple finally tying the knot after 40 years and a 2.01 carat ruby at the heart of the seventh annual MJSA Online Design Challenge, where designers must create a custom piece for a fictional client. Read this year’s challenge and then check back every month through September for a new design.
MJSA thanks Omi Gems for its continued support of the MJSA Online Design Challenge.
MJSA ConFab Is Coming..Are You Ready?
Mark it down: On Oct. 30, MJSA ConFab will return to the Fashion Institute of Technology for a full day of "profit lessons" for jewelry designers. This year’s conference will include sessions by Andrea Hill on how to sell effectively online and how to use a sales forecast to plan expenses; Lisa Krikawa on how to establish (and maintain) a vision for your business; and two companion sessions by Andrea and Marlene Richey on how to create a business plan to propel success. Plus, we’ll debut MJSA ConFlubs, in which our speakers (and a few guests) will reveal the biggest mistakes they ever made in their careers, and what they learned from them.
We’ll have more about all of these sessions in a few weeks, but if you want to check out past sessions (as well as see a video), click here.
JCK Tucson to Launch MJSA Supplier Pavilion
To expand its current focus on designer jewelry and loose gems, JCK Tucson plans to launch a supplier pavilion featuring MJSA member companies at its 2017 show, Feb. 1-4 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort. Click here to read more.
The Spring 2016 MJSA Retail Link Is Online
The digital edition of the spring MJSA Retail Link features more than 80 new products—finished jewelry lines and one-of-a-kind designs, new watches and accessories, packaging and display options, and a "Vintage Marketplace" section devoted to antique and estate jewelry. Click here to see what’s new.
A print edition of the Retail Link is sent to 20,000 retailers of all sizes, from small independents to major chains like Kohl’s, Signet Jewelers, and Niemann Marcus. Every MJSA standard member is entitlted to a free placement. To learn more, e-mail MJSA Customer Service Manager Betty Costa or call her at 1-800-444-MJSA (6572), ext. 3050.
See the Latest Products in This Month’s Showcase
CAD/CAM updates from Asiga, B9Creations, Rio Grande, and Stuller; a new video series from Carrera Casting, and much more. Click to to go to the MJSA Product Showcase.