If you’re a jewelry designer, it’s that time again to strut your stuff!
The 2016 MJSA Vision Awards is now accepting applications through April 1 in a number of now familiar categories but also an entirely new one for this year: Responsible Practices Distinction. This category honors designs that use responsibly sourced materials, including recycled metals and fair-trade gems. Qualified designs must also have been created using environmentally sensitive manufacturing processes.
Winning entries —like last year’s first-place winning entry (right) from designer Adam Neeley—benefit from extensive promotion: MJSA publishes feature articles and ads about the winners in MJSA Journal, sends announcements to all the trade publications, runs full-page ads in Instore and Metalsmith magazines, and displays the winning entries at its MJSA Expo. The winners also receive cash prizes, gift certificates, and (for student entries) scholarships.
Click here to learn more about the Vision Awards.
Sponsors for the 2016 MJSA Vision Awards are: RioGrande, LaserStar Technologies, EnvisonTEC, Century Casting Co. Inc., Umicore Precious Metals, the MJSA Education Foundation, and Metalsmith and Instore magazines.
In the February MJSA Journal, we feature the results of our fifth annual Mystery Box Challenge, in which we send three designers a box of "mystery materials" and ask them to create something special—in just four weeks. Too see how they did, click here. Also in this issue, we provide the a short primer on CNC milling and 3-D printing: where they shine, where you might need to make accommodations, and what to expect in quality, time savings, and cost.
MJSA Custom Jeweler 7.1: When Customers Take Part
See how Tom and Sandy Linenberger of Old Town Goldworks in Fort Collins, Colorado, give customers a chance to take part in the custom jewelry process, making it a magical experience for everyone. Plus: Hope Wixon of Minneapolis-based Wixon Jewelers shares a few lessons she’s learned in her career, and designer Calla Gold dissects the final cost, fee by fee, in a custom ring. The new Custom Jeweler is ready for you!
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.
From the future of 3-D printing to techniques for freehand sketching, the seminar program of the 2016 MJSA Expo (March 13-15 at the Javits Center in New York City) offers something for everyone. Presenters this year include (clockwise from top left) Andrea Hill (who will moderate two seminars on the "Shop of Tomorrow"), designer Remy Rotenier, technology gurus Steve Adler and Matt Perosi, and custom jewelers Joel McFadden and Lee Krombholz. Click here to see the full schedule.
BEaJEWELER Adds New Resources
The BEaJEWELER outreach initiative—a joint effort of the MJSA Education Foundation and the New Approach School for Jewelers—aims to bring "new blood" into the jewelry industry by helping schools and businesses connect with the next generation of jewelry workers, and also guide students interested in pursuing jewelry-making careers. Two new additions to the BEaJEWELER.com website are: A Gallery of Jewelry-Making Videos offering insights into various processes (CAD and 3D printing, wax carving, lost-wax casting); and a Guidance for New Jewelers section that shares resources with aspiring jewelers to help them in their pursuit of a professional career.
What’s new about the 2016 MJSA Buyer’s Guide print edition? Well, it features a new design format offering more information about each member supplier. It also features new articles on everything from ordering alloys to working with subcontractors. But one thing remains the same: It’s still the industry’s largest source of suppliers offering jewelry-making tools, supplies, and services. Copies have already been sent to MJSA members. If you’re not a member, it can be purchased for $35 (additional copies for members are $10); just go to the MJSA Bookstore. You can also e-mail MJSA Customer Service Manager Betty Costa or call her at 1-800-444-MJSA (6572), ext. 3050.
MJSA Buyer’s Guide Online
The searchable online Guide enables you to search for specific products by category or keyword. MJSA members can also access a library of Buyer’s Tips to help them make the best purchasing decisions. Click to to go to the Buyer’s Guide Online.
MJSA Retail Link 1.2 Now Online
The latest edition of the MJSA Retail Link is a premier selection of finished jewelry from MJSA members. It also includes the new It’s Time! section devoted to the latest watches and related accessories/tools. To view the online edition of the current MJSA Retail Link, click here.