This past year, Scott Kay announced their collaboration with the Fashion Institute of Technology to host a design-inspired contest for second year Jewelry Design students in honor of the brand’s founder, Scott Kay. The objective of the contest was for the students to utilize their jewelry design talents to create a set of bridal jewelry that included three pieces from a set of four—ring, bracelet, necklace and/or earrings. The students were asked to use their creativity to build upon the brand’s original design codes and present hand drawings, technical drawings, measurement details, materials, and color options.
The winner of the contest was chosen after two rounds of judging based on overall design, originality, creativity, production viability, and the usage of Scott Kay’s design codes. Representing the scope of the jewelry industry, the judging panel included Colleen Banks, Associate Style Editor at Martha Stewart Weddings; Ashley Davis, National Jeweler’s Associate Editor; and Steve Velasquez, CEO of Bailey Banks and Biddle. Representing the company was Jonathan Goldman, CEO, and Merritt Mayher, Chief Merchandising Officer of Frederick Goldman Inc.
On the evening of February 2, 2017, Scott Kay hosted an intimate dinner with the five finalists of the contest along with the judging panel and key members of Scott Kay and FIT. The evening allowed each finalist to present his or her final designs to the panel. At the conclusion of the evening Isabelle Meyers was selected as the winner of the design comepition. Meyers’ winning designs will be produced, and she will accompany Scott Kay to Las Vegas this June to unveil the jewelry set at the JCK Luxury Show. The winning designs will be displayed throughout the show alongside the brand’s 2017 introductions.
Left to right: Merritt Mayher, Frederick Goldman Inc., Colleen Banks, Martha Stewart Weddings; Isabelle Meyers, winning student; Jonathan Goldman, Frederick Goldman Inc.; Steve Velasquez, Bailey Banks & Biddle.
Volbeda felt a void in her creative process and looked for a kinesthetic experience with design. She decided to take a chance and create a line of jewelry for her senior project. The line later expanded into a business, which she ran independently for a year. In 2015, Ashley decided to enroll at FIT to pursue a career in the jewelry industry. There, she honed her aesthetic by creating structured, non-traditional jewelry for everyday wear. She intends to collaborate with fellow artists and develop her business following graduation.