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.
California-based designer Megan Cochran checks in with the fifth entry in the 2023 Design Challenge. The challenge annually asks several designers to render a custom piece of jewelry based on a fictional story, and to incorporate into that piece a selection of responsible gems contributed by the project’s sponsor, Columbia Gem House. Read more about Megan’s versatile and fun earrings here!
In this issue: Two designers test their skills in the 2023 Mystery Box Challenge, advice on how to keep your staff by upping your management game; a step-by-step guide to creating common prong tips, upcoming color trends for fall/winter, and much more! Read the online articles.
The MJSA Mentor & Apprenticeship Program (MAP) was developed with the input from leading jewelers and educators throughout the industry, and offers guidance into all aspects of setting up an apprenticeship. Funded in part by a grant from the JCK Industry Fund, the kit is available free of charge and leads to MJSA’s Advanced Jewelry Apprentice (AJA) certification. Click here to learn more.
Promotions from MJSA Members
May 18, 2023
Offered in 14k and 18k yellow gold, this Fairmined findings collection includes 9 mm and 11 mm lobster claw clasps, French hook earring wires with jump rings, and French hook earring wires sans jump rings. The lobster claw clasps are laser engraved with the graphic portion of the Fairmined logo, while the earring wires carry the Fairmined name without the graphic. They are available only to Fairmined-licensed designers, brands, and retailers. Available from MJSA member Riva Precision Manufacturing • rivaprecision.com.
May 18, 2023
Featuring a woven design, these hoop post earrings measure 12 mm and are made from 1/20 14k gold fill. Matching woven bangles and woven stacking rings are also available. Available from MJSA member JK Findings • jkfindings.com.