Recognizing Distinction in Jewelry Design
The Saul Bell Design Award is a chance for jewelers to reach for greater heights of skill and knowledge. To conceive and execute a career-defining design. To break free from constraints, expectations and precedents. To accept the challenge of a lifetime—and to be recognized around the world for excellence in jewelry design.
The Saul Bell Design Award—Recognizing distinction in jewelry design.
"I have always considered winning the Saul Bell award as a tremendous honor. Being a Saul Bell winner has been a confidence builder and the recognition for my work is uplifting. Winning this award has been and will always be a touchstone for me."
—Ivy Solomon, First Place in Metal Clay (2015)
The judges of the Saul Bell Design Award competition bring a broad range of perspectives from across the jewelry industry. They are accomplished and respected bench jewelers and designers, editors at leading industry publications, and experts in their craft. The first judging is based on the photos and descriptions submitted by entrants. In the final round, the judges will examine each finalist piece by hand and on a model.
Todd Reed is a self-taught metalsmith and award-winning designer. In 1992, Todd launched a collection under his own name and set out to change the future of the fine jewelry industry by designing solely with raw, uncut diamonds and recycled metals. Twenty years later his raw diamonds are still considered to be among the most revolutionary design steps that the jewelry industry has taken. Todd's collection continues to grow and evolve, as does his interest in and relationship with the material. All of Todd's pieces are hand fabricated and finished in 18k gold, palladium, platinum, and silver in his studios in Boulder, CO and Venice, CA by a team of exceptional goldsmiths working under his guidance.
For over 25 years post-conceptual artist, educator, and author Victoria Lansford has created one-of-a-kind wearable sculpture and art objects that evoke the mystery and splendor of ancient masters yet are infused with her own provocative vision. Through her artwork, publications, workshops, and passion for creating, Victoria has generated an international revival of nearly lost metalsmithing techniques, including Russian filigree and Eastern repousse. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Rochester Institute of Technology, among many others, and has been included in numerous publications. She created the metals program at Spruill Center for the Arts in Atlanta and served as head of the school's Metalsmithing Department from 1997-2004. Victoria's internationally acclaimed instructional DVD and book series, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters, and her iPhone app, iMakeJewelry, have sold internationally.
Blaine Lewis is widely recognized as the premier diamond-setting instructor in the U.S. today and is the founder and director of New Approach School for Jewelers in Nashville, Tennessee. Blaine began his career in metals as an industrial welder, and his passion for creating metal objects soon transitioned into making jewelry. Blaine has shared his innovative stone-setting techniques with thousands of students at workshops across the country. He pioneered the use of high-magnification cameras in the classroom to communicate even the most intricate details of the stone-setting process with students. In 2000, Blaine applied his use of high-magnification video technology and 3-D animated graphics to the ground-breaking video series, Classroom In A Box: Bezel and Flush Setting. Today Blaine teaches a variety of classes and workshops at New Approach School. He continues to produce instructional videos and is an active consultant to the jewelry industry.
Eileen McClelland is the managing editor of INSTORE Magazine, where she has worked since 2007. Before making the leap into jewelry journalism, Eileen worked as a features writer and copy editor for the Houston Chronicle. Eileen has won numerous awards for her work with INSTORE, including the 2013 Jesse H. Neal Award for best instructional content for her article 'The New Rules of Sales,' and six gold and silver writing awards from the Trade Association Business Publications International. Eileen has a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the Honors College of Kent State University in Kent, OH, has studied art history at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and lives in New Orleans, LA.
Fine jewelry designer Janet Deleuse began working in the family jewelry business following her marriage to gemologist Jeff Deleuse. She put a degree in molecular biology aside to embrace her passion for art and design, which she had cultivated since childhood. Her hand-fabricated pieces are widely recognized for their classic lines, quality gems, and monochromatic styling. Her work has been featured in WWD, Town and Country, The Robb Report and Lustre Magazines, among others. Janet recently expanded into couture outerwear and accessories with a collection of pearl evening bags, pearl belts, silk scarves and outerwear, all handcrafted and offered under the Janet Deleuse label. Janet and Jeff Deleuse opened Deleuse Jewelers in Tiburon, California in 1982. They continue the brand's mission to offer the most uniquely elegant jewelry, using the world's finest gems and employing the highest quality craftsmanship.
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