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MJSA Vision Awards Call for Entries
Posted on February 8, 2015
Since its first winners debuted at the 1992 Expo New York, MJSA's annual Vision Awards competition has showcased outstanding jewelry design. In 2014, MJSA revamped the program, adding new categories and expanding to focus beyond just design to the business of design  -- to great success.  The deadline for 2015 submissions is April 2. MJSA ensures the Vision Award winners receive the recognition they deserve by promoting their triumph through the industry's leading publications, which in 2015 will include INSTORE, Metalsmith, and the association's own MJSA Journal. In addition, the winning entries will be on display for thousands of buyers and exhibitors during the March 2016 MJSA Expo New York, the largest and oldest trade show in the U.S. dedicated to professional... Read More
Halstead Grant is Calling for Entries
Posted on February 5, 2015
New jewelry artists working primarily in silver are invited to apply for the 2015 Halstead Grant. The winner will receive $5,000 in cash for their business start-up, $1,000 in jewelry supplies, and recognition in the industry. Applications are due June 9, 2015. Eligible jewelers should have launched their businesses within the last one to three years. All design techniques are welcome including metalsmithing fabrication, casting, metal clay, wire work, or beading. The competition is open to US citizens with studios in the country. Complete application details can be found on The Halstead Grant website. Candidates are required to submit a design portfolio, resume, and answers to several business planning questions. Halstead is one of North America’s leading distributors... Read More
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MJSA Vision Awards Call for Entries
Posted on March 27, 2014
After a short haitus to redesign their competition MJSA has announced their 2014 Vision Awards call for entries. Entry deadline is April 17, 2014. What's new this year? The categories are revamped so that now the general Professional Category is divided between those working for less than 3 years and those with more experience. This is the first time I've seen this kind of distinction and I think it will give quite a leg up to newbies [translation: ENTER!!!] There's a student category -- a lovely way to support the artform. The CAD-CAM, Laser Distinction and Custom Design categories are back and these  are pretty unique to MJSA, as well. They really do strive to support the working jeweler and give several ways to acknowledge different talents. The newsiest addition to... Read More
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Engagement101 is Holding a Bridal Ring Competition — Deadlines Sept. 21st
Posted on September 19, 2012
Engagement 101, a bridal website ( and magazine,  is hosting their 2012 bridal jewelry awards.The deadline is September 21st. How to Enter Your Rings : You can enter in up to four categories (listed below) and you may enter one ring per category.Submit ring images in .jpeg format and send to by September 21st. Their Jewelry Award committee will narrow down the selection to 8 per category and then Engagement 101 fans and visitors will then vote for their favorites. Engagement 101’s 2012 Bridal Jewelry Awards categories are: 1- Classic Engagement Ring 2- Vintage Engagement Ring 3- Modern Engagement Ring 4- Fancy Shape Engagement Ring 5- Floral Engagement Ring 6- Color Engagement Ring 7- Woman’s Wedding Band 8- Men’s... Read More
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Scholarship Competition to Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts is Open
Posted on September 18, 2012
[caption id="attachment_2954" align="alignright" width="247" caption="Goldsmith Alice Abrams has been working since the mid-50s and is deeply committed to the art of jewelry and metalsmithing. Years ago, she heard that I had started a scholarship fund and just sent me a check -- she wanted to help a young designer and education is the best way, she said."][/caption]It must be clear by now, even to the most casual observer, that I love helping designers. I have done so many different projects, events, services and more to use my talents to help further yours. For many years we had been raising funds  -- mostly with charity auctions and some donations -- and building our fund in a Community Trust and now we've initiated the process of distributing the funds in the form of... Read More
"Moonlight & Caviar" by Adam Neeley, Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry Inc.. First-place winner, Professional Excellence.
MJSA Vision Awards Call for Entries
Posted on September 16, 2012
[caption id="attachment_2894" align="alignright" width="208" caption=""Moonlight & Caviar" by Adam Neeley, Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry Inc.. First-place winner, Professional Excellence."][/caption]  Call for Entries: The 2013 MJSA Vision Awards Competition Is Open Click here to view the 2013 Entry Guidelines.  Every year, the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) celebrates outstanding talent in the field of jewelry design with their MJSA Vision Awards competition. The winning designers and students represent the future of the jewelry manufacturing industry--and the Vision Awards competition showcases their creativity and boosts their careers, says MJSA.   2013 Vision Award Categories The competition provides designers with... Read More
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WJA Dazzle Diva Design Competition Deadlines Sept. 21
Posted on September 4, 2012
The Women’s Jewelry Association DIVA Design Competition deadline is looming. Entries are due by Sept. 21st.   NEW for 2012!  The DIVA Design Competition is now a sponsored division of the AGTA Spectrum Awards in addition to the WJA-judged contest that has always been. Women now have double the opportunity to be a DIVA winner! To enter either contest or both of them, designers will need to fill out separate application forms for each, and pay separate application fees. DEADLINE: September 21st Application is available HERE   THEMES & DETAILS: Division 1 ~ GEM DIVA - actual jewel entries sponsored by the American Gem Trade Association as a category within their annual Spectrum Design Awards. To enter the AGTA's competition, called GEM DIVA,... Read More
Design Competition Deadlines Coming Up — Niche, Spectrum, DIVA, Palladium
Posted on August 12, 2012
Quick catch-up for designers who like to enter design competitions: Cultured Pearl Association of America's Third International Pearl Design Competition deadlines Sept. 3rd. The AGTA Spectrum Awards deadline is Sept. 21st. The Women's Jewelry Association's DIVA Design Competition deadline is Sept. 21st (WJA also has a category in the AGTA Spectrum Awards, too) Palladium Alliance Design Contest deadline is Sept. 21st. The Niche Awards deadline is September 30th. ... Read More
Cultured Pearl Contest Winner 2011
CPAA Announces Third International Pearl Design Competition
Posted on June 18, 2012
Earlier this month, the Cultured Pearl Association of Americaofficially kicked off its Third International Pearl Design Competition 2012–2013.    Images of design entries (sketches or finished pieces) highlighting any pearl variety may be submitted through Sept. 3. Winners will be announced on Nov. 1, and receive press recognition as well as display space for completed pieces at the CPAA booth at the AGTA Tucson GemFair and JCK Las Vegas in 2013. For complete contest details visit or call 888-31-PEARL. View last year’s winners.   [source:]... Read More
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Revere Academy Offers Mort Abelson Scholarship for Jeweler’s Masters Symposium
Posted on June 12, 2012
  Honoring the man who opened up the jewelry industry to designers, this contest offers an opportunity to study with a world-class jewelry artist. The winner receives an all-expenses-paid scholarship from anywhere in the US to San Francisco (air, lodging, tuition and fees) for a master class of their choice during the Academy's annual 3-week long International Masters Symposium in April 2013. During the Masters Symposium, prominent jewelry artists, designers, craftsmen and experts from all over the world converge on San Francisco to teach professional skills and techniques in the area of their greatest expertise. Click here to see the Masters Symposium classes offered. Entry Fee: $25 Eligibility: The contest is open to anyone in the United States and Canada.... Read More