New York—Trade organization Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) has announced its 2022 scholarship recipients.
This year, the organization has awarded $10,000 in grants via its nonprofit arm, the MJSA Education Foundation. Since 1997, the foundation has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships.
This year, there are three recipients, each receiving $3,350 toward their jewelry design education, with the Providence Jewelers Club contributing $2,500 toward the total.
The scholarship honorees are Amor, Lana Ogilvie, and Sara Lundquist.
Amor is in process of obtaining a diploma of excellence in jewelry making and repair at Boston’s North Bennet Street School.
After receiving tools from friends, Amor began making jewelry in a makeshift studio in her apartment in Rockland, Massachusetts.
That closet-turned-jeweler’s-bench was a pandemic reprieve, as she watched YouTube videos on crafting copper and brass jewelry and experimented with metalwork.
Already selling under the moniker Elegance Abstract, Amor has taken classes at Metalwerx in Waltham, Massachusetts, and now at North Bennet Street School.
After graduating, Amor plans to launch a new brand called Djefau, an ancient Egyptian term meaning divinity.
It will consist of pieces inspired by antiquity with a talismanic quality.
“There’s a purpose for every piece of jewelry,” she told MJSA. “Symbols have meanings, and I ask myself who’s going to wear [the piece], how it should resonate for them.”
Lana Ogilvie has pursued several paths prior to jewelry.
She studied fine art illustration at Concordia University in Montreal, and then worked as a fashion model in Europe.
Back in Canada, she was a fashion expert on different Canadian television shows.
In 2010 Ogilvie began studying jewelry-making at Studio Jewelers Ltd. in New York City and launched her own line, Sabre Jewelry
, in 2016.
The brand was included in the Natural Diamonds Council’s Emerging Designers Diamond Initiative last year as part of the program’s second cohort.
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Currently, Ogilvie is upping her education at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s prestigious jewelry design program.
“I had been doing big, sculptural pieces, but now I’m learning how to work smaller and use stones with dainty cuts,” she said of FIT’s influence on her work.
Ogilvie also is pursuing diamond grading at the Gemological Institute of America. In addition to continuing Sabre Jewelry, she hopes to design for a larger jewelry house.
Like her fellow scholarship recipients, Sara Lundquist has also launched her own brand.
While still attending classes at Brigham Young University—Hawaii, she co-founded Pacific Jewel Co.
Run out of her studio in Dana Point, California, the line features silver and vermeil jewelry.
She graduated to fine jewelry with Lundquist Fine, featuring precious metals and gemstones.
Lundquist graduated from GIA’s Graduate Jeweler program in 2021. Currently, she’s enrolled in the jewelry design and technology program.
With plans of developing her companies and capabilities in the future Lundquist also wants to donate a portion of her jewelry sales to scholarships for other designers and students like herself.