Saul Bell Design Award

Saul Bell Design Award

Recognizing Distinction in Jewelry Design

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Design matters. Even when you don’t notice it, it surrounds you.
And design well done has the power to order the world.
To elevate common elements to a higher purpose.
The Saul Bell Design Award honors that moment
when a brilliant idea meets a keen set of skills.
The moment when exceptional design happens.

DESIGN IS.

What is design to you? When you create a piece that tells your story, what will it say?

The Saul Bell Design Award competition is your opportunity to design for an audience of your peers, jewelers who know the effort that goes into crafting an exceptional design. After all, people who will never sit at a bench judge your work every day. This is your chance to have it judged by jewelers who understand design and the painstaking hours that go into ensuring it is seamless. Because every joint must be invisible. Every stone level. Every proportion flawless. You know this and so do the judges of the Saul Bell Design Award.

You design every day. Why not enter the design competition judged by jewelers who understand the nuance and power of your craft?

The Saul Bell Design Award—recognizing distinction in jewelry design

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Design is every element relative to the next.

Entry Details

Choose a category from below. This will be your foundation and must compose the majority of your piece. Once you’ve decided on a category, build your design using any additional stones, materials and methods you choose. The only limitation we place on you is that the end result must be wearable jewelry (unless you are entering the hollowware/art objects category). After all, it’s your unique story as a designer we’re so excited to see.

We’re looking for an original vision, a fresh take on traditional methods and materials and a mastery of your craft. We want you to stretch the boundaries of your capabilities as a designer and as a jeweler.

Eligibility

Eligibility

The Saul Bell Design Award competition is open to jewelers and hollowware artists from across the globe. The only requirement is that you possess a mastery of your craft and an original point of view. You may enter as many pieces as you wish, though you can only be a finalist once per category. Employees of Rio Grande or of any affiliate company and their immediate family members may not participate. Entrants in the Emerging Artist category must be 21 years of age or younger at the entry deadline, November 28, 2014.

We cannot accept entries from countries the U.S. is prohibited from doing business with by the State Department. 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.

We cannot accept entries from the following countries: 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.



Criteria

Your final design must be wearable jewelry (unless you are entering the hollowware/art objects category) and it must be composed of a majority of the material specified in your chosen category. The piece must be your original design and cannot have won an award in any other competition prior to entry.

If you have already entered your piece in another competition, you may also enter it in the Saul Bell Design Award. You will need to let us know by the date of the first round of judging (October 16, 2014) if the piece won in another competition. If it did, we will remove it from the judging and refund your entry fee.

Entries will be judged on:



Schedule

Schedule

October 3, 2014: A digital file of your piece, which can be in the form of a drawing, rendering or photograph, is due (except the Emerging Artist category).

October 16, 2014: First round of judging is held.

October 28, 2014: The five finalists in each category are notified.

November 28, 2014: A digital file for the Emerging Artist category is due. This can be in the form of a drawing, rendering or photograph.

January 30, 2015: Finished finalist pieces are due for all categories.

February 26, 2015: Final round of judging is held for all categories.

March 2, 2015: Winners are notified.

May 17, 2015: The Saul Bell Design Award ceremony honoring winners and finalists takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

June 2015: Winning pieces go on display at the Plumb Club at JCK, Las Vegas.

July 2015: All winning pieces will be returned to finalists.



The Reward

The Reward

The Saul Bell Design Award is one of the industry's most respected international jewelry competitions. Winning it helps propel jewelers to new heights in their careers and new levels of recognition and acclaim for their work.

First and second place winning pieces will be promoted through a variety of media and industry events, including display in the exclusive Plumb Club during the 2015 JCK, Las Vegas show.

First place in each category (except Emerging Artist): $2,000 Rio Grande gift certificate

Second place in each category (except Emerging Artist): $1,000 Rio Grande Gift certificate

First place in the Emerging Artist category: $500 Rio Grande gift certificate (and a matching award for the winner’s instructor or school)

Second place in the Emerging Artist category: $250 Rio Grande gift certificate (and a matching award for the winner’s instructor or school)

Third place in the Emerging Artist category: $100 Rio Grande gift certificate (and a matching reward for the winner’s instructor or school)

First and second place winners (except for Emerging Artist winners) will receive free travel and lodging to attend the awards celebration in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Winners are encouraged to bring a guest to the awards celebration, though guests will have to pay their own travel and lodging expenses. All winners will also receive a gift certificate to attend any one Rio Grande class.

In an effort to facilitate networking among jewelry designers and jewelry manufacturers, all first and second place winners (except Emerging Artist winners) will be registered to attend the 2015 Santa Fe Symposium, the industry’s premier conference for jewelry manufacturing technology. The Symposium will be held May 17-20, 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.



Photography

Photography

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 and finalist pieces until the end of June, 2015, for photography and display purposes. Winners and their designs may be featured in publicity campaigns.



Insurance

Insurance

It is the responsibility of the designer or organization to insure their 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, with the value of the piece limited to the replacement cost of materials. Any additional insurance beyond the replacement cost of materials will be the responsibility of the designer.




The 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.


Hollowware/Art Objects

Includes vessels and non-wearable objects made of precious metal. Can be made using one or a combination of techniques, including spinning, drawing, forging, raising, repoussé, and forming, primarily from milled stock. Decorative cast components 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.


Enamel

The predominant surface material must be glass-based enamel. Can be fired on any type of metal.


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).


Metal Clay

The predominant material can be any form of metal clay.


Emerging Jewelry Artist

There are no limitations on media, as long as the finished piece is wearable jewelry and is fabricated by the entrant. Designer must be 21 years of age or younger at the time of the entry deadline, November 28, 2014.


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Design is the perfect extension of human creativity.

Judges

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. They will examine each finalist piece by hand and on a model.

2014 Judges

Final Round

First Round

Show the judges what you've got.

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Design gives order to the universe.

CALL FOR ENTRIES

The deadline for entries for the 2015 Saul Bell Design Award competition is October 3, 2014.
The deadline for entries in the Emerging Artist category is November 28, 2014.

You can start the registration process below. Simply follow the instructions to upload a 10MB rendering or photograph of your piece. The entry fee is $95 per piece ($25 per piece for the Emerging Artist category). Submissions that do not meet the entry criteria will be disqualified and the entry fee refunded.

Design is what drives you.

Contact Us

Have a question? Unsure about how to enter? Need a little guidance or moral support before submitting your entry?
Send us an email or give us a call. We’d love to hear from you.

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