Celebrating a Life Lost Too Soon: MJSA Online Design Challenge 2017

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Celebrating a Life Lost Too Soon

The 2017 MJSA Online Design Challenge

By Shawna Kulpa

Congratulations to Liz Sabol of Liz Sabol Jewelry Art in Pittsburgh for winning the 2017 MJSA Online Design Challenge! Click here to see her winning design!

A loving family struck by tragedy is at the center of this year’s MJSA Online Design Challenge. For the eighth year, we’re hosting this online-only project, a favorite among our readers and website visitors. Last year, we asked nine designers to create a special gift featuring a 2.01-carat vivid red ruby from Mozambique in our "A Long Time Coming" Challenge. The winning entry by Joel McFadden was featured in the December 2016 issue of MJSA Journal.

This year’s Design Challenge features three Sri Lankan blue sapphires from the project’s sponsor, Omi Gems in Los Angeles. We’ve supplied nine designers with the fictional scenario featured here about a mother wanting to give her grieving daughter-in-law a special gift in remembrance of a devoted husba...