Press Release / Mar 18

SCAD jewelry, objects grad student wins future of industry award


A Savannah College of Art and Design graduate student has earned recognition and a scholarship for innovation in jewelry design and manufacturing.

Jiarui Lu, M.A. jewelry and objects student, was honored with the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America 2013 Future of the Industry Award, which celebrates talented individuals who will lead the jewelry industry toward innovative new trends.

Lu’s work, “Auspicious Cloud,” also won her a $1,500 scholarship and the piece was publicized by MJSA at its 2013 Expo New York, March 10-12. In addition, “Auspicious Cloud” will be featured in full-page ads in such prominent trade publications as Metalsmith and Instore magazines.

Lu’s winning brooch design utilizes a traditional Chinese technique known as the kingfisher feather inlay, an ornate ivory carving style made popular during the royal Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911. The traditional method has been updated by substituting tagua nut for ivory, since use of ivory has largely been prohibited.

MJSA is a trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry design and manufacturing. The annual Vision Awards, including the Future of the Industry category for which Lu was recognized, emphasize outstanding talent and creativity in jewelry design. Entry in this category is open to any student enrolled in an art, design or jewelry-related program at a college or university. This is the second consecutive year a SCAD student has been named one of the two award winners.

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