Design Dominates in 2013 Vision Awards

Andrea Carnahan-Koenig
Andrea Carnahan-Koenig tied for first place in the Custom Design Distinction category for her Navajo Bug Collection necklace.

MJSA, the U.S. trade association for jewelry makers, has announced the winners of its 2013 Vision Awards, honoring creativity and technical excellence in jewelry making and design. Nominees competed for Professional Design Excellence as well as Gold, Palladium, Platinum, Laser and Custom Design Distinction awards. A Future of the Industry Award, recognizing students enrolled in jewelry making and design programs, was also presented during ceremonies at the 2013 MJSA Expo New York in March.

Adam Neely
Adam Neeley’s hand-fabricated Spectra earrings took top honors in both the Professional Design Excellence and Gold Distinction categories.

The winner in both the Professional Design Excellence and Gold Distinction categories was Adam Neeley of Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry, Laguna Beach, Calif., for his hand-fabricated Spectra earrings. The Platinum Distinction award went to Susan Drake of Spectrum Art & Jewelry, Wilmington, N.C., for Spanish Dancer ring. Tied for the first-place Palladium Distinction award were Susan Drake for Glacial ring, and Ontario artist Ezra Satok-Wolman of Atelier Hg & Co., Inc, for Mandarin ring. Nghi Nguyen of NGHI Design, Brooklyn, N.Y., won the Laser Distinction award for Hephaestus ring, and double first-place winners for Custom Design Distinction were Andrea Carnahan-Koenig of Annie K. Jewelry, Louisville, Ky., for her Navaho Bug Collection necklace and Patricia Daunis-Dunning of Daunis Fine Jewelry, Portland, Maine, for Gold Egg.

Jiarui Lu of the Savannah College of Art and Design won the Future of the Industry Award for her Auspicious Cloud brooch, which honors the traditional ivory carving and kingfisher feather inlay that were popular in China’s Ming and Qing dynasties.

Judges for this year’s awards were Chris Ploof of Chris Ploof Designs; Michael Coan, representing the Fashion Institute of Technology; Cindy Edelstein of Jeweler’s Resource Bureau; Sarah Graham of Sarah Graham Metalsmithing; Marlene Richey, consultant; and Tina Snyder, MJSA Journal editor in chief.