Emerging Jewelry Artist Jewelry Design Competition
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.
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:
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
Entries are due November 29.
Finalists will be notified and asked to produce their designs for final judging. Finished pieces must be received by January 31, 2014.
Winners will be notified by phone and/or mail and announced formally to the public.
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.
$500 Rio Grande Gift Certificate (plus a matching reward to the instructor or school)
$250 Rio Grande Gift Certificate (plus a matching reward to the instructor or school)
$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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.