Entry Details



SAUL BELL DESIGN AWARD
Recognizing Distinction in Jewelry Design

The Saul Bell Design Award competition is open to jewelers, jewelry designers and hollowware artists from around the world. There is no limit to the number of pieces an artist may enter, although artists may qualify as a finalist only once in each category annually.


SAUL BELL EMERGING JEWELRY ARTIST
Recognizing Young Talent in Jewelry Design

The Saul Bell Design Emerging Jewelry Artist recognizes young talent in jewelry design and creation. Entrants in the two Emerging Jewelry Artists categories must be either 18 years of age or younger or 22 years of age or younger by the entry deadline, November 4, 2016.



2017 CALL FOR ENTRIES
Registration is Now Closed!



Eligibility
STEPS TO ENTER:
  1. Make sure entry meets all category and rules criteria
  2. Have your photo or rendering ready to submit. See rules and regulations and tips for entering
  3. Write your description to help the judges best evaluate your entry. You will need the name of your piece, type of jewelry and materials list to complete your registration. Your description should be 800 characters or less in length (includes spaces and punctuation marks).
  4. Have credit card and PayPal payment ready for each entry

Registration Closed!



 
REGISTRATION FEES
Saul Bell Design Award
  • $75 through August 31
  • $100 through September 30
  • $125 through November 4

Saul Bell Emerging Jewelry Artist
  • $25 through November 4



Categories

Gold/Platinum
The predominant metal is gold or platinum group metals including palladium or a combination of these. Can be cast, fabricated, forged, assembled or created with any combination of techniques. The piece must be wearable or ornamental jewelry.

Hollowware/Art Objects
Includes vessels and non-wearable objects made of precious metal. The majority of the piece can be made using one or a combination of techniques, including spinning, drawing, forging, raising, repoussé and forming, primarily from milled stock. Other decorative components (cast pieces, stones, etc.) can be incorporated.

Silver/Argentium® Silver
The predominant metal is silver, Argentium® Silver or a combination of both. Can be cast, fabricated, forged, assembled or created with any combination of techniques. The piece must be wearable or ornamental jewelry.

Enamel
The predominant surface material must be glass-based enamel. Can be fired on any type of metal. The piece must be wearable or ornamental jewelry.

Alternative Metals/Materials
The predominant material can be any non-traditional metal (a metal not covered in another category, including base metals and reactive metals) or material (including resin, glass, wood, found objects and textiles). The piece must be wearable or ornamental jewelry.

Metal Clay
The predominant material can be any form of metal clay. The piece must be wearable or ornamental jewelry.

Emerging Jewelry Artist (18 years of age or younger)
There are no limitations on media, as long as the finished piece is wearable or ornamental jewelry and is fabricated by the entrant. Entrant must be 18 years of age or younger at the time of the entry deadline, November 4, 2016.

Emerging Jewelry Artist (22 years of age or younger)
There are no limitations on media, as long as the finished piece is wearable or ornamental jewelry and is fabricated by the entrant. Entrant must be 22 years of age or younger at the time of the entry deadline, November 4, 2016.


Eligibility
Final designs must meet the following requirements:

  • Only one wearable piece or set (wearable together) of jewelry or ornamental jewelry (tiara, hairpiece, etc.) per entry
  • Composed predominantly of the material specified in the chosen category
  • The artist's original design
  • The piece cannot have won an award in any other competition prior to Nov. 4, 2016
  • Any piece that incorporates materials from animals that are considered endangered will not be accepted. This includes, but is not limited to, ivory and fossilized ivory. 


 
Submissions must include

  • One high-resolution photograph or rendering: 300-dpi JPEG or PDF; 10-megabyte (MB) maximum
  • Do not add a personal name, company name, or other identifying information to your description
  • Name and description of piece (limited to 800 characters which includes spaces and punctuation)
  • Payment for each entry registration fee


 
Entries will be judged on

  • Innovation and originality
  • Successful incorporation of materials
  • Wearability (except for hollowware entries)
  • Quality of workmanship





Eligibility

REGISTRATION OPEN JULY 18-NOVEMBER 4, 2016


Registration fees

  • $75 through August 31
  • $100 through September 30
  • $125 through November 4

  • For young talent 18 years of age and younger by November 4
    $25 through November 4

  • For young talent 22 years of age and younger by November 4
    $25 through November 4

November 4, 2016
Registration closes for all entries (entry must be submitted to Rio Grande by midnight MST).

November 17, 2016
First round of judging is held.

November 28, 2016
The five finalists and all non-finalists in each category are notified.

January 26, 2017
Finished finalist pieces must be received by Rio for all categories.

February 16, 2017
Final round of judging is held for all categories.

February 24, 2017
Winners are notified.

April 2017
All non-finalist pieces will be returned by the end of the month.

May 21, 2017
The Saul Bell Design Award ceremony honoring winners and finalists takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

June 2017
Winning Saul Bell Design Award pieces go on display at the Plumb Club at JCK, Las Vegas.
All winning pieces will be returned by the end of the month.


Awards

The Saul Bell Design Award is one of the industry's most respected international jewelry competitions. Recognition earned at this competition helps propel jewelers to unprecedented chapters in their work as artists, greater heights in their careers, and global levels of recognition and acclaim for their work.

Best of Show, First place and second place winners receive:

  • New this year: Best of Show
  • Promotion of winning pieces through a variety of media and industry events, including display in the exclusive Plumb Club during 2017 JCK Las Vegas
  • Rio Grande gift certificates in the amounts of $3,000 (Best of Show), $2,000 (first place) OR $1,000 (second place)
  • Free travel and lodging for the awards celebration in Albuquerque, NM. The celebration will be held on the evening of Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Hotel Albuquerque. (Winners are encouraged to bring a guest to the awards celebration, though guests will have to pay their own travel and lodging expenses.)
  • Free registration, travel and lodging for the Santa Fe Symposium, held May 21-24, 2017, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Symposium is the industry's leading conference on jewelry technology, as well as an invaluable opportunity to learn about your craft and network with fellow jewelers. Visit www.santafesymposium.org to learn more.
  • One free registration to any future jewelry-making class offered by Rio Grande during the 12 months following the awards ceremony
  • A Saul Bell Design Award press kit
  • A Saul Bell Design Award trophy and a Saul Bell Design Award Finalist book

Saul Bell Design Emerging Jewelry Artist Winners in each Category receive:

  • First place: $500 Rio Grande gift certificate and a matching gift certificate for the winner's instructor or school in each category
  • Second place: $250 Rio Grande gift certificate and a matching gift certificate for the winner's instructor or school in each category
  • An invitation to attend the Saul Bell Design Award celebration dinner held on the evening of Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Hotel Albuquerque, NM
  • A Saul Bell Design Award press kit
  • A Saul Bell Design Award Finalist book
  • One framed certificate announcing the designer's status as a Saul Bell Design Award Emerging Jewelry Artist winner

All Finalists receive:

  • One framed certificate announcing the designer's status as a Saul Bell Design Award or Saul Bell Design Emerging Jewelry Artist finalist
  • One Saul Bell Design Award Finalists book—a bound, full-color collection of all the finalist designs
  • An invitation to attend the Saul Bell Design Award celebration dinner held on the evening of Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM.

 

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.



 

  • The piece must be the entrant's original design. Artistic integrity is of the utmost importance to Rio Grande, the Saul Bell Design Award and the jewelers that both institutions serve. As an SBDA entrant, your commitment to artistic integrity shows respect for your own work and for the work of other jewelers. SBDA contestants are proud of the tremendous skill and imagination that they have put into their original designs, and they are honored to have these pieces rigorously judged against the work of their peers. Work that derives or copies its central ideas from another artist's work is not considered an "original design" and has no place in the SBDA.
  • The piece cannot have won an award in any other competition prior to the November 4 entry deadline. Artists may enter their design in other competitions, but they must alert SBDA organizers if the design wins an award prior to the date of our first judging on November 17, 2016. In that event, the design will be removed from this competition and the entry fee refunded.
  • Final design entry must be one piece or a set (wearable together) of jewelry or ornamentation (tiara, hairpiece, cane, etc.), unless the piece is entered in the Hollowware/Art Objects category.
  • Designs must be predominantly composed of the material specified in a chosen category.
  • Only one photograph or rendering may be entered per registration. The photo or rendering may show multiple views in one 300-dpi JPEG or PDF file no larger than 10 megabytes (MB).
  • The description is limited to 800 characters (including spaces and punctuation) with no additional photos or sketches, names of artists, artist's company name or other identifying information.
  • Registrations must be completed and submitted online by midnight Mountain Time on November 4, 2016. Paper submissions are not accepted.
  • The registration fee may be paid by credit card or PayPal. A confirmation email will be sent upon completion of the registration.
  • Decision of the judges is final.
  • Each artist is allowed only one finalist piece per category.
  • No entries will be accepted from countries the U.S. is prohibited from doing business with by the State Department. (Click here for list of countries not eligible.)
    • We cannot accept entries from the following countries: Crimean Peninsula, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Burma, Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), North Korea, Syria, Balkan Countries (Serbia, Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo), Belarus, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Iraq and Zimbabwe.
  • Rio Grande takes the highest amount of care and every reasonable precaution to ensure the safety and security of jewelry or hollowware pieces submitted for judging. While in Rio Grande's possession and during any handling or transit by Rio Grande, our insurance provider will cover each entry against the event of loss, theft or damage to the full declared wholesale value stated by each entrant. If an insurance claim is filed, the entrant will be required to support their wholesale valuation to the insurer. Because Rio Grande's insurance does not cover any loss or damage while in transit to Rio Grande, shipping of pieces to Rio Grande is the responsibility of the entrant. We strongly encourage entrants to insure their piece(s) when sending to Rio Grande.
  • Rio Grande suggests entrants retain a copy of all renderings or photographs for their files; submitted renderings and photographs will not be returned.
  • Entrants must agree to consign entries to Rio Grande for the purpose of photography, display and promotions.
  • Due to US tax guidelines, awards cannot be distributed without a valid tax identification number provided by award recipient.
  • Rio Grande, Inc., its directors, its associates, its advertising and publicity agency, and its members shall be held harmless from any and all claims, litigation or other legal proceeding.
  • Employees of Rio Grande or of any affiliate company and their immediate family members may not participate.

 

Rio Grande will take publication-quality photographs of all finalist and winning pieces. 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. We may retain winning pieces until the end of June 2017 for photography and display purposes. Winners and their designs may be featured in publicity campaigns.

Rio Grande takes the highest amount of care and every reasonable precaution to ensure the safety and security of jewelry or hollowware pieces submitted for judging. While in Rio Grande's possession and during any handling or transit by Rio Grande, our insurance provider will cover each entry against the event of loss, theft or damage to the full declared wholesale value stated by each entrant. If an insurance claim is filed, the entrant will be required to support their wholesale valuation to the insurer. Because Rio Grande's insurance does not cover any loss or damage while in transit to Rio Grande, shipping of pieces to Rio Grande is the responsibility of the entrant. We strongly encourage entrants to insure their piece(s) when sending to Rio Grande.

International entrants who reach the final round and need to send us a finished piece must fill out a commercial invoice. Send in three copies with your finished piece. Keep one copy for your records. You must also ship your finished piece from and back to the same country. If you cannot do this, you must arrange your own international return shipping and pay for all related expenses.

If an entry is received in damaged condition, the entrant will be contacted and asked if they would like to have it returned for repair. The entrant is responsible for the shipping costs. For damage incurred during shipping, please contact your shipper for their damage policy.

Tips
 
Photographic images

  • Do not list your name, company name, logo or other identifying information in your description or photo.
  • Use high-quality images with a plain background and good lighting.
  • Only one photograph or rendering may be entered per registration. The photo or rendering may show multiple views in one 300-dpi JPEG or PDF file no larger than 10 megabytes (MB).
  • Make sure the piece is completely finished and all surfaces are polished well.
  • Pieces should be photographed alone. Do not prop, add extra design elements or showcase on a model.
  • Multiple photo images can be compiled into one photo submission to show different angles or design elements of the piece.


Renderings and Finished pieces

  • Renderings should be clean and details easy to interpret as a finished piece. Do not add a personal name, watermark or other identifying information to the rendering.
  • Completed pieces must be completely finished. Check for wearability—the ease of putting it on the wearer and the comfort of wearing it.


Information and Description

Each submission must include the following information.

  • Name of piece
  • Type of jewelry
  • Materials used, including:
    • - Metal(s) type, karat
    • - Stone(s) type, size/carat weight, shape
    • - Other material(s)
    • - Bead(s) quantity, type, size
  • Description, limited to 800 characters (including spaces and punctuation) or less, including:
    • - Concept/design development
    • - Techniques used
    • - Steps taken to complete the piece (cast, fabricated, forged, assembled, etc.)
    • - Inspiration behind the piece

Please note: Photos or illustrations cannot be accepted as part of the description. The entrant's personal name or other identifying information cannot be included in the title or description.










"Winning the Saul Bell Design Award is the biggest honor I have received to date. I am still in awe that this happened to me. I think winning this award showed me that I have a talent making jewelry and that I should stick to it and keep going."
—Lisa Krulasik, First Place Emerging Jewelry Artist (2015)

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