This year, Angely Martinez, Jewelry Design ’18, won the Future of the Industry Award from MJSA, an industry association of jewelry designers. The annual contest is open to students across the country, and winning is a singular honor. Martinez won a $1,000 scholarship and a $500 gift certificate for jewelry supplier Rio Grande.
The piece, La Inspiración de una Mariposa, is a string of sterling silver butterfly wings, dotted with tiny synthetic rubies. Martinez’s inspiración was the glasswing butterfly, which blends into the environment with its transparent wings.
“I’m interested in how animals survive—how nature survives,” Martinez says. “Survival is a topic that often comes up in my work.”
“I was a little bit shocked, to be honest,” she says. “I just worked really hard and kept refining it.”