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The final two designs for the 2013 MJSA Online Design Challenge have been posted! Each year the MJSA hosts an online competition for jewelry designers who are MJSA members. The designers are given specs for a particular gemstone (this year Omi Gems’ 3.18 carat cushion cut color-change alexandrite) and a fictional story to build their creation around. The 2013 scenario, “Russian Doll,” challenged the designers to think about how they would handle designing a wedding ring and engagement band for a young Russian couple chasing the American Dream. Designers must incorporate the bride’s style, heritage and love for dance into their design. Read the full story here and check out the final two designs!
The 8th design comes from Jennifer Dawes of Dawes Design in Santa Rosa, California. After reading the story of Galina’s engagement, Jennifer was taken by the description of the “kutya“, a traditional Russian porridge made of grains, honey, and poppy seeds. This became the heart of Jennifer’s design, using the porridge’s ingredients to symbolize hope, happiness and peace.
The 9th and final design before online voting begins in early October is from Timothy W. Green of Portland, Oregon. Timothy was thrilled when he saw the Omi Gem’s cushion alexandrite. “The center stone is so spectacular that I wanted it to be the the star of the show. I didn’t want to overwhelm it with a lot of unnecessary bling,” says Timothy. Read his full design inspiration here.
While the ring is lush and impressive, it is designed to be comfortable to wear for Galina’s love of dance. The center stone is set low with bead-set melee so she can dance without worrying about her ring getting caught or in the way.
Visit the MJSA Design Challenge homepage for your chance to vote for your favorite design!
The sixth and seventh designs for the MJSA 2013 Online Design Challenge have been posted! Each year the MJSA hosts an Online Design Challenge where participants are challenged to create a design around a loose gemstone. This year, the designers are inspired by the center stone, a 3.18 carat cushion alexandrite provided by Omi Gems, and a fictional story about a young Russian couple in love. Throughout the year, nine designers are challenged to create an engagement ring and wedding band set featuring the alexandrite, while keeping in mind the desires of Galina, the young woman who is center stage in the story.
Design #6 comes to us from Vijayshree Sovani of New Delhi, India. Vijayshree wanted to fuse Galina’s rich traditional culture with her love for modern design into her ring. The 18K white gold wedding band is meant only to be worn together with the engagement ring is inspired by the domes of Russian architecture. A pink tourmaline and peridot leaves pick up on the floral enameling in the 18K white gold engagement ring featuring the beautiful alexandrite.
The 7th design comes from Brooke Kanani Kahealani Sachs, from Westerly, Rhode Island. Brooke’s design took shape in the form of a sculptural story of Galina’s life, including her family traditions, her love for the fashion designs of Lesia Paramonova, and the Russian Orthodox church. Choosing 18K yellow gold, Brooke felt it would create beautiful shadows through the organic design and be a nice contrast to the color-change alexandrite. Integrating some of the main ingredients of the traditional Russian porridge; wheat created from graduated diamonds, poppy seeds and a honeycomb pattern grace the engagement ring.
Both of these unique designs exemplify the story of Galina and her family traditions, fashion sense, and religious beliefs. Stay tuned to see the remaining designs announced in the 2013 MJSA Online Design Challenge! If you’re looking to design your own alexandrite ring, give us a call at 877.OMI.GEMS to inquire about our extensive inventory of loose alexandrite.