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The Winner of the 2014 MJSA Online Design Challenge Is…Jessica Neiwert!

Congratulations to Jessica Neiwert of Seattle, the winner of MJSA Online’s 2014 A Mother’s Love Design Challenge!

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.

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Stay tuned for the 2015 Online Design Challenge and a new stone from Omi Gems!

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Omi Gems Padparadscha at Center of 2014 MJSA Online Design Challenge – Vote Today!

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.

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Voting ends on Friday, October 31st!

4.49 Padparadscha

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.

Design #1: Walt Adler Chefitz, Walt Adler, Miami
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An emotive brooch named “Three Generations.”

Design #2: Jessica Neiwert, Seattle
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18K rose gold ring inspired by the color scheme of a sunset.

Design #3: Jenny Reeves, San Francisco
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An 18K yellow gold brooch radiating warmth from the center.

Design #4: Gregory Crawford, Gregory Crawford Design, Atlanta

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White & green diamonds create a flame motif platinum pendant.

Design #5: Erin Murphy, Goldworks, Eugene, OregonDesign5
A vine of green tourmalines curves to the padparadscha center in an 18K yellow gold necklace.

Design #6: Robin Waynee, Ryan Roberts Ltd., Chimayo, New Mexico
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An arch of 18K white gold set with diamonds encompasses vine-like forms, with the padparadscha sapphire as a flower centerpiece.

Design #7: Geralyn Shrican, Geralyn Sheridan Design Studio, Chico, California

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Reflecting lines and colors from Matisse, this yellow gold ring set with blue topaz, tsavorite garnets, chocolate diamonds and mandarin garnets compliments the padparadscha stone.

Design #8: Pamela Froman, Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry, Los Angeles
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A signature ombre metal style transitions from 18K pink gold to 18K yellow gold captures warmth of flowers and color of the sunset surrounding the padparadscha center.

Design #9: Tittin Rinde, Grey Pearl Studio, Antibes, France
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Surrounded by a sea of mother of pearl the padparadscha shines like a sunset in this colorful brooch.

Vote for your favorite design here!

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“A Mother’s Love” – Omi Gems Sponsors MJSA 2014 Online Design Challenge

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!

The stone provided as inspiration for the designers is a 4.49 carat oval padparadscha sapphire measuring 10.45 x 7.89 x 6.61 mm. The stone is GRS certified as a no-heat natural orange-pink sapphire “Natural Padparadscha” from Madagascar.

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