This year MJSA challenged nine designers to design a special 70th birthday gift for fictional character, Amelia Andrews, featuring a 4.49 carat oval padparadscha sapphire, sourced from Omi Gems.
The nine participating designers created pieces to fit Amelia’s lifestyle and personality, and each month throughout 2014 a different designers vision was posted, along with the story behind it.
In October, when all nine designers were represented online, MJSA asked readers and viewers to vote for their favorite design, and Jessica Neiwert took home the win!
Jessica’s 18K rose gold ring design took inspiration from the color scheme of a sunset. She surrounded the center oval padparadscha with pear-shaped peach sapphires and colorless diamonds. The Gothic archways which enclose the courtyard of Amelia’s favorite museum helped to inspire the structure of the ring itself, reflecting the tribute to all the support Amelia provided to others throughout her 70 years. Sea foam green tourmalines subtly set beneath the under gallery are an ode to the green flash in a sunset.
Stay tuned for the 2015 Online Design Challenge and a new stone from Omi Gems!
Each year MJSA hosts an exciting Online Design challenge for its designer members. For 2014, nine designers were challenged with creating a jewelry piece around a lovely 4.49 carat padparadscha sapphire provided by Omi Gems.
The premise of the challenge, “A Mother’s Love”, is to create a design based on a fictional scenario, presented here, about a group of siblings that have come together to commission a very special 70th birthday gift for their mother.
We invite you to view all of the creative designs and cast your vote for the winner! Click each image to read the designers inspiration and design approach.
For the fifth consecutive year, MJSA is hosting an online-only project, a favorite among MJSA readers and website visitors. Last year, nine designers were asked to render a bridal set around a gorgeous alexandrite in the “Russian Doll” Design Challenge. The winning entry, by Pierre-Yves Paquette of Saint-Sauveur, Quebec, Canada, was featured in the December 2013 issue of MJSA Journal. (You can still see all of the designs here.)
For 2014, we are excited to again be hosting the Online Design Challenge with a rare oval padparadscha sapphire and a story centering around a devoted mother. MJSA has supplied nine designers with a fictional scenario, presented here, about a group of siblings that have come together to commission a very special 70th birthday gift for their mother.
Every month from January through September, MJSA will feature the designs of one participating designer. Then, in October, it will be up to you to vote for your favorite.
As you read the 2014 scenario, “A Mother’s Love,” think about how you would handle the challenge—We will keep you up to date on the submissions throughout the year. Enjoy!