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ASHI announces Holiday Sweepstakes winner - Lewis Jewelers, Moore, OK

Ashi sweepstakes winnerLewis Jewelers customer Morgan Gossen was the lucky winner!(NEW YORK) - ASHI Diamonds announced the winner of their 2019 Holiday Sweepstakes. Lewis Jewelers, from Moore, Oklahoma, had the highest number of participant entries and the winner was randomly selected from their customer participation list. Morgan Gossen was lucky winner of a 1 carat Lovebright Diamond necklace! Visit ASHI on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about the winner.


Jewelers of America announces 2020 GEM Awards winners

Ed Bridge, Nikos Koulis, Rachel Garrahan, Twist take home awards

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA) held the 18th annual GEM Awards on January 10, 2020, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. Ed Bridge of Ben Bridge Jeweler received the prestigious GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement. The winners in the categories of Jewelry Design, Media Excellence and Retail Innovation were revealed live to an audience of over 500 press and jewelry industry elite.

Ostbye to celebrate 100th Anniversary with 100 Acts of Kindness

OstbyeOstbye, serving the jewelry industry since 1920, will celebrate their 100-year anniversary in 2020 by completing 100 Acts of Kindness. Throughout the last 100 years Ostbye has remained committed to its mission: “building lifelong customers and memories by providing the best customer service through unparalleled service, quality and value.”

Theresa Kwong wins 2019 MJSA Challenge: Responsibly Sourced Designs

MJSA TheresaTheresa KwongMJSA, the U.S. trade alliance dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, is pleased to announce that Theresa Kwong of TK Metal Arts in San Mateo, California, has won the 2019 MJSA Challenge: Responsibly Sourced Designs.

The annual Challenge invites selected designers to design a custom piece of jewelry based on a fictional scenario, with two stipulations: It must keep within an established price point and the design must incorporate one or more responsibly sourced gems from the Challenge’s sponsor, Columbia Gem House in Vancouver, Washington.

The scenario for the 2019 Challenge focused on a young woman intent on a legal career fighting human rights abuses in Africa, and who passed her bar exam on the first try - an achievement her parents wanted to celebrate with a special gift of jewelry. Nine designers undertook the challenge of creating that gift on a budget of $8,000, and a different entry was presented monthly on MJSA.org. Online voting took place during October, and the winner was announced in the December issue of MJSA Journal, MJSA’s monthly magazine.

Theresa’s entry, a forged 18k Fairmined palladium bracelet with gold accents, arranged the gemstones in a radiating pattern based on a West African folktale.

“During a search for inspiration, I happened upon the story of Ananse … a spider that stands for wisdom, creativity, and the complexities of life,” the designer says. “Ananse is often graphically portrayed as a center wheel with radiating spokes, which I loosely based my design on. With Sarah’s sense of fairness, I felt she would appreciate a design that strikes a balance without being symmetrical.”

MJSA cuff

Trained as an architect (a profession she still practices part time), Theresa specializes in jewelry that is forged from recycled metals and exhibits “tremendous visual movement, reminiscent of a Frank Gehry structure,” she says. Her work has appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions, and her honors include a 2017 Niche Award in the silver jewelry category. A graduate of the Revere Academy in San Francisco, in 2014 she became the second designer awarded a Future of Design Education Fund Scholarship, sponsored by the Jeweler’s Resource Bureau.

The other eight featured designers in the 2019 Challenge were Lori Kaplan of Lori Kaplan Jewelry Design in New York City; Christine Alaniz of Christine Alaniz Designs in Philadelphia; Adam Foster of Adam Foster Fine Jewelry in St. Louis; Brent Neale of Brent Neale in New York City; Sophia Hu of 6Shadows Art Jewelry in Las Vegas; Allison Mack, a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City; Petra Class of Petra Class Design Studio in San Francisco; and Mimi Favre of Mimi Favre Studio in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

The Challenge was sponsored by Columbia Gem House (columbiagemhouse.com), which since 1976 has been building a mine-to-market supply chain for ethical gems and has worked with governments, nonprofits, miners, and cutters to ensure safe workplaces, fair wages, ethical sourcing, and environmentally responsible mining.

For more information about the Challenge and to view the work of all nine designers, go to MJSA.org.

 

 

 

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