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Call For Entries for Saul Bell Emerging Artist Jewelry Design Competition Now Open!

Do You Know an Emerging Artist? Call for Entries is Now Open!

The Emerging Jewelry Artist category is open to designers 18 years of age and younger and celebrates the fresh ideas and creative spark of young, aspiring jewelry designers. There are no limitations on media, as long as the finished piece is wearable jewelry adornment and fabricated by the entrant.


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

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 (postmarked) 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.

The Reward

To recognize those who provide mentorship and support to young designers, Rio 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.


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

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.


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 July 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 The Bell Group, Inc. (hereafter referred to as 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.

For more information, call 505.839.3247, 800.952.6222 or email

Entries are due November 29.

Enter Online

2014 Saul Bell Design Award
Emerging Artist Online Entry Form

Enter By Mail

2014 Saul Bell Design Award
Emerging Artist Print Entry Form