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2014 Competition is Closed. 2015 Call for Entries Opens This Summer!
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For more than a decade, SAUL BELL DESIGN AWARD competition has recognized jewelry designers from all over the world for distinction in jewelry design. We invite you to challenge yourself, stretch your boundaries and push your most innovative ideas into the spotlight.

The EMERGING JEWELRY ARTIST competition celebrates the fresh ideas, creative spark and unbridled energy of young, aspiring students, 18 years of age and younger. There are no limitations on media, as long as the finished piece is wearable jewelry adornment.

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SAUL BELL DESIGN AWARD CALL FOR ENTRIES — Closed for 2014

The Saul Bell Design Award invites you to enter your most inspired jewelry and hollowware designs for consideration for the 2014 competition. Choose from among six categories and create a piece that tells a story, states your vision and encompasses the depth of your skill.

Saul Bell Design Award Jewelry Design Competition

2013 Saul Bell Design Award TrophyParticipants

Members of the jewelry or hollowware community and students of a jewelry or hollowware program are invited to enter the 14th annual Saul Bell Design Award Competition. Employees of Rio Grande or of any affiliate or participating company (and their immediate family members) may not participate.

Judging Criteria

Our esteemed panel of judges is comprised of a broad spectrum of respected jewelry artists and designers. Submissions are judged on the following criteria:
  • The innovation and uniqueness of the design.
  • The successful incorporation of media into the design.
  • The wearability of the piece (except hollowware/art objects) as adornment.
  • The quality of workmanship (for final judging).

How to Enter

You may submit as many entries as you wish, although only one finalist per category is possible.

To Enter Online

You can still register online right here! Follow the instructions, submit your 10MB image, and for an optional $35 fee (in addition to the $50 entry fee), we will print and mount an 8-1/2" x 11" photo for preliminary judging.NOTE: We've extended the deadline for ONLINE submissions to October 4, 5pm MDT. The deadline for mailing your entry has passed.

Categories

Choose one of the six categories available in the Saul Bell Design Award competition (Silver/Argentium® Silver, Gold/Platinum, Metal Clay, Hollowware/Art Objects, Enamel, Alternative Metals/Materials) as the foundation of your piece, and integrate any additional stones or materials you wish into your design. Submitted pieces must be wearable jewelry (except in the hollowware/art objects category), and the piece must be composed of a majority of the material specified in the chosen category. The piece may not have won an award in any other competition prior to entry submission.

Finalists

Finalists will be notified and asked to produce their designs for final judging. Finished pieces must be received by January 31, 2014.

Winners

Winners will be notified by phone and/or mail and announced formally to the public.

The Reward

First Place (in each of the 6 categories): $2000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate
Second Place (in each of the 6 categories): $1000 Rio Grande Gift Certificate

All winners will receive free travel and lodging to attend the invitation-only gala in Albuquerque, New Mexico, an invitation to attend Santa Fe Symposium®, along with a gift certificate to attend any single Rio Grande jewelry-making class.

Schedule

SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 - Registration Closed
Renderings, photographs or electronic files must be received by Rio Grande by September 27 (Extended to Oct. 4th, 2013).

EARLY NOVEMBER, 2013
Finalists—five in each of the six categories—are selected and notified.

JANUARY 31, 2014 Completed pieces must be received by Rio Grande.

MAY 18, 2014
Winners are announced to the public and celebrated at an invitation-only gala.

JUNE, 2014
Winning and finalist pieces will be returned to designers.

Insuring Finalist Pieces

It is the responsibility of the designer or organization to insure pieces during delivery to Rio Grande. Insurance of pieces while in our possession will be the responsibility of Rio Grande. We also assume responsibility for shipping and insuring pieces being returned, limited to the replacement cost of materials. Any additional insurance beyond the replacement cost of materials is the responsibility of the designer.

Photography/Publication

Rio Grande will secure photography for winning and finalist items. All images will remain the property of Rio Grande. Rio Grande reserves the right to use these images in any promotions or marketing materials. Designers will be given credit any time their piece is featured in any promotion by Rio Grande.
Please Note: Winning and finalist items may be retained until June of 2014 for photography and display.
Winners and their designs may be featured in publicity campaigns.

Agreement

I agree to abide by the rules of the Saul Bell Design Award competition and the final decision of the judges. I agree that the work submitted is my original design. By submitting an entry for consideration in the Saul Bell Design Award competition, I agree to Rio Grande, its directors, its associates, its advertising and publicity agency and its members harmless from any and all claims, litigation or other legal proceeding. I understand Rio Grande will not insure submissions beyond the replacement cost of materials in the event of loss, theft or damage of any piece, either in transit or while in Rio Grande’s possession. Rio Grande suggests entrants retain a copy of the entry form and of all renderings or photographs for their files (submitted renderings and photographs will not be returned). By submitting online, you are accepting the rules of the competition.


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Emerging JEWELRY Artist CALL FOR ENTRIES — Closed for 2014

Yesterday. A young mind. Full of creative spark & spunk. Capturing life & racing toward the future.
Today.
An award-winning jewelry designer.
Tomorrow.
Defining, shaping & painting the world . . . one inventive moment at a time.

Emerging Jewelry Artist Jewelry Design Competition

Participants

Any designer 18 years of age or younger as of August 1, 2013 is welcome. Employees of Rio Grande or any affiliate or participating company (and immediate family members) may not participate.

Judging Criteria

There are no limitations on media, as long as the finished piece is wearable jewelry adornment and fabricated by the entrant. Pieces are judged on the following criteria:
  • The innovation and uniqueness of the design.
  • The quality of workmanship of the finished piece (for final judging).

How to Enter

To Enter Online
You can register online right here! Follow the instructions, submit your 10MB image, and for an optional $35 fee (in addition to the $25 entry fee), we will print and mount an 8-1/2" x 11" photo for preliminary judging.

To Enter by Mail
You can also download and fill out the entry form and supply one rendering* or photograph (at least 4" x 6") mounted on a white matte board (must be either 8” x 10” or 8-1/2" x 11"). Please keep a copy of your rendering or photograph; submissions will not be returned. Do not send finished pieces unless asked to do so by Rio Grande. Submissions which do not meet entry criteria may be disqualified. Send each rendering or photograph with a copy of the entry form (one per entry) and a $25 entry fee (per entry) to:

Rio Grande
7500 Bluewater Road NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87121-1962
Attention: Emerging Jewelry Artist

*Please Note: If a photograph of the finished piece is also available, please provide both a rendering and a photograph. If providing a rendering, please include detailed instructions about your planned fabrication methods (including joint construction, assembly processes and materials) with your submission.

Entries are due November 29.

Finalists

Finalists will be notified and asked to produce their designs for final judging. Finished pieces must be received by January 31, 2014.

Winners

Winners will be notified by phone and/or mail and announced formally to the public.

The Reward

To recognize those who provide mentorship and support to young designers, Rio Grande also awards a matching prize to an instructor or school of the winner's choice.

First Place: $500 Rio Grande Gift Certificate (plus a matching reward to the instructor or school)
Second Place: $250 Rio Grande Gift Certificate (plus a matching reward to the instructor or school)
Third Place: $100 Rio Grande Gift Certificate (plus a matching reward to the instructor or school)
All winners, finalists and their instructors will receive a gift certificate to attend any single Rio Grande jewelry-making class.

Schedule

NOVEMBER 29, 2013 - Registration Closed
Renderings, photographs or electronic files must be received by Rio Grande, postmarked by November 29.

EARLY DECEMBER, 2013
Finalists are selected and notified.

JANUARY 31, 2014
Completed pieces must be received by Rio Grande.

MAY 18, 2014
Winners are announced to the public and celebrated at an invitation-only gala.

June, 2014
Winning and finalist pieces will be returned to designers.

Insuring Finalist Pieces

It is the responsibility of the designer or organization to insure pieces during delivery to Rio Grande. Insurance of pieces while in our possession will be the responsibility of Rio Grande. We also assume responsibility for shipping and insuring pieces being returned, limited to the replacement cost of materials. Any additional insurance beyond the replacement cost of materials is the responsibility of the designer.

Photography/Publication

Rio Grande will secure photography for winning and finalist items. All images will remain the property of Rio Grande. Rio Grande reserves the right to use these images in any promotions or marketing materials. Designers will be given credit any time their piece is featured in any promotion by Rio Grande.
Please Note: Winning and finalist items may be retained until June of 2014 for photography and display.

Winners and their designs may be featured in publicity campaigns

Agreement

I agree to abide by the rules of the Saul Bell Design Award Emerging Jewelry Artist competition and the final decision of the judges. I agree that the work submitted is my original design. By submitting an entry for consideration in the Saul Bell Design Award competition, I agree to hold Rio Grande, its directors, its associates, its advertising and publicity agency and its members harmless from any and all claims, litigation or other legal proceeding. I understand Rio Grande will not insure submissions beyond the replacement cost of materials in the event of loss, theft or damage of any piece, either in transit or while in Rio Grande’s possession. Rio Grande suggests entrants retain a copy of the entry form and of all renderings or photographs for their files (submitted renderings and photographs will not be returned). By submitting online, you are accepting the rules of the competition.