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FIT Students Place in Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America Competition

Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) recently announced the winners of its annual Vision and Thinking Ahead Awards, which honor excellence in jewelry design and product development, respectively. The winners were presented their awards during the MJSA Expo New York, held at the Hilton New York from March 14 to March 16, 2010.

MJSA Vision Awards honor design prowess and technical skill and recognize outstanding talent in the field of jewelry design. The awards this year included a new "Visionary Use of Materials" category that rewarded outstanding technical achievement, as well as a "Future of the Industry" award honoring the designs of students in jewelry programs.

MJSA Thinking Ahead Awards recognize products that, through "the introduction of new technology or the improvement of existing technologies," are advancing the way in which jewelry is made and sold.

Two FIT students tied for second place in the FUTURE OF THE INDUSTRY category:

YOUNG-EUN HAN,†for a necklace made of lightweight silver wire that can be connected and reconnected in various ways to create differing looks.

HYANGMI KIM,†for "A Waterfall in the Moonlight." The necklace, which incorporated wire weaving, sea-shell carving, wax carving, casting and soldering in its fabrication, features silver, brass, a brass and copper alloy, nickel, sea shells, gold-plated bead wire, silver-plated bead wire and a light-emitting diode.

The judges for the 2010 MJSA Vision Awards were Marlene Richey, a designer, business expert and the author of Profiting by Design; Michael Coan, the jewelry department chair at FIT; Cindy Edelstein, president of the Jeweler's Resource Bureau (JRB); Mark Schneider of Mark Schneider Design; Todd Hawkinson of Minneapolis Community Technical College; and Tina Snyder, the editor in chief of MJSA Journal.

About Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America

Founded in 1903, Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) is a national trade association based in Attleboro Falls, Massachusetts that provides the resources and support necessary for U.S.-based jewelry designers, manufacturers and suppliers to compete successfully. For more information,†visit www.mjsa.org.

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