2016


2016 Saul Bell Design Award Winners

The 16th annual Saul Bell Design Award Competition challenged jewelry designers to unleash their imaginations and create innovative designs in any of seven categories.

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


First Place-Gold/Platinum
"The Queen"
Garen Garibian
Los Angeles, CA, USA


The ring is made of 18k white and rose gold. The center is a 42.05 ct., 18.04mm cultured freshwater pearl (natural color GIA # 110189910605 CERT #5151617998). There are also seven smaller freshwater pearls (Akoya). The ring is pavé-set with white diamond and two shades of blue and pink sapphires. It has five cabochon moonstones with a purple enamel underneath, four pear-shape diamonds and a hand-engraved shank.

Second Place-Gold/Platinum
"Peacock Pin"
Samantha Freeman
Philadelphia, PA, USA


My inspiration comes from Fabergé, from pieces that unfold to reveal hidden depths and multiple facets, and, of course, from the peacock, which would sound like a mythological creature—until you see one. I aspire to combine fine craftsmanship with beautiful, original design.


Hollowware/Art Objects
Includes vessels and non-wearable objects made of precious metal constructed primarily from milled stock using one or more metal forming techniques. Decorative cast components may be incorporated.


First Place -Hollowware/Art Objects
"Mace"
Tom Ferrero
Windsor, CT, USA


Taking four years to complete, the Mace "stands" approximately 23 inches tall by 7 inches wide and is fashioned from pure silver, 24k gold over sterling, copper, resin, enamel and Italian acetate. It is set with over 200 precious gems including diamond, garnet, citrine, topaz, amber and zircon. It stands testament to my passion for ornate and meticulously crafted art objects.

Second Place-Hollowware/Art Objects
"Symbiotic Relationship"
Sungyeoul Lee
Seoul, Republic of Korea


Two identical but dissimilar forms remind me of my fraternal twins, who have different characters. One is fabricated with silver and the other one is formed with welded titanium wire. I hope that my experience of the mystery of fraternal twins, through their intimate relationship and beautiful rapport, may be conveyed to the audience through my art objects.


Silver/Argentium® Silver
The predominant metal is silver or Argentium® Silver or a combination of both. May be cast, fabricated, forged, assembled or created with any combination of techniques.


First Place-Silver/Argentium® Silver
"Unity"
Seung Jeon Paik
Savannah, GA, USA


This piece represents a naturally occurring galaxy form. The primary technique is traditional granulation, which is the process of joining small balls to base strata. I use 32-gauge silver wires as the base strata onto which I fuse the granules of 18k gold.

Second Place-Silver/Argentium® Silver
"Untitled"
Wolfgang Vaatz
Rio Rico, AZ, USA


The design of the fabricated necklace is inspired by the inner action of the quartz crystal cut by Tom Munsteiner. Unrefined placer gold is used to reflect the natural tubes in the crystal. 22k gold is used to highlight the cut planes in the crystal. The gold is fused to Argentium® Silver


Enamel
The predominant surface material must be glass-based enamels and may be fired on any type of metal.


First Place-Enamel
"On The Wing"
Debbie Sheezel
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


I am fascinated by butterflies, their shapes and the profusion of colours they are found in. This double butterfly necklace is in the cloisonné technique with subtle opalescence, fine and sterling silver, and 18K, 22K and 24K gold. The stones are faceted blue quartz. It is stamped with the Gold & Silversmith's Guild of Australia marking system and my maker's mark.

Second Place-Enamel
"Orbit #2"
Amy Roper Lyons
Summit, NJ, USA


"Orbit #2 Pin/Pendant" is hand-fabricated from 18k and 24k gold, enamel, lapis and diamonds. Drawing inspiration from ancient mosaics and astronomy images, it is part of a current series merging two keen interests: the past, through the art of ancient times, and the future, through space exploration.


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


First Place -Alternative Metals/Materials
"Moonshine"
Zoltan David
Bee Cave, TX, USA


My inspiration is moonlight reflecting on water. I love the Alchemy of this piece ... turning black metal into water and light. On the back, a wolf howling at the moon, all coming to life in platinum. The materials: black steel, inlaid platinum, moonstone and diamonds.
Second Place-Alternative Metals/Materials
"Secret Garden Necklace"
Kathleen Nowak Tucci
Atmore, AL, USA


Inspired by a dark vine-filled and foliage-filled secret garden with hidden plant and floral shapes. The back of the necklace is the real secret; its knowledge is only available to the wearer of the necklace. Made with recycled motorcycle and bicycle inner tubes and Nespresso coffee capsules.


Metal Clay
The predominant material is metal clay (silver, gold, bronze, copper, etc.) and may include gemstones and other findings as desired.

First Place -Metal Clay
"Adore"
Rodica Frunze
Nanaimo, BC, Canada


"Adore" is an interpretation of the feelings that are experienced when the word Adore is spoken. As when two souls connect, life flows without distraction. Love becomes a central focus, providing a sense of unity. The decorative clasp symbolizes the connectivity of lovers that invokes the state of Adoration.
Second Place -Metal Clay
"Memory Interrupted"
Patrik Kusek
Fairfield, CA, USA


"Memory Interrupted" is part of an ongoing series of work that explores the concept of my mother's dementia. Her memory is still intact, yet it has fractures that are getting larger and larger. Grand Tour Cameos images were used as a metaphor to represent the journey of her life.


Emerging Jewelry Artist
Reserved for designers, 21 years of age or younger, this category places no limitation on media used and requires only that the finished piece is wearable jewelry adornment and fabricated by the entrant.


First Place-Emerging Jewelry Artist
"L'oiseau de la nuit"
Justine Quintal

Carignan, QC, Canada


Inspired by the lightness and imposing character of tropical birds, this necklace was constructed in sterling silver. The front highlights a pavé of 12 peridots, 18 blue topazes and 5 blue sapphires set on a rolling mill impression, while the hinged clasp features two bezel-set sapphires.

Second Place -Emerging Jewelry Artist
"Monsieur"
Justine B. Gagnon
Repentigny, QC, Canada

Designing pieces, shapes and lines that are at once structured and clean is an exciting challenge for me; I tend to apply this to most of my creations. This obsession with order often guides me towards movement and functionality in my pieces—whether it is in the movement of the body, the materials or the lines.

Third Place-Emerging Jewelry Artist
"A Gothic Melody"
Jason Baide
Bozeman, MT, USA


"A Gothic Melody" was inspired by the ornate architecture of Gothic cathedrals. It was hand-fabricated from silver wire and tubing and features traditional chain-making techniques, as well as blue topaz, and diamond accents.



Ardeshir-Dabestani
Finalist - Gold/Platinum
Ardeshir Dabestani
Scottsdale, AZ USA
Garen-Garibian
Finalist - Gold/Platinum
Garen Garibian
Los Angeles, CA USA
Indika-Kumara
Finalist - Gold/Platinum
Indika Wijayathna
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Samantha-Freeman
Finalist - Gold/Platinum
Samantha Freeman
Philadelphia, PA USA
Shuang-Feng
Finalist - Gold/Platinum
Shuang Feng
Toronto, ON Canada

John-Carnes
Finalist - Silver/Argentium® Silver
John Carnes
Toronto, ON Canada
Malissa-Kuznicki
Finalist - Silver/Argentium® Silver
Malissa Kuznicki
Toledo, OH USA
Seung-Jeon-Paik
Finalist - Silver/Argentium® Silver
Seung Jeon Paik
Savannah, GA USA
Ting-G
Finalist - Silver/Argentium® Silver
Ting G
Guangzhou, China
Wolfgang-Vaatz
Finalist - Silver/Argentium® Silver
Wolfgang Vaatz
Rio Rico, AZ USA

Evan-Chambers
Finalist - Hollowware/Art Objects
Evan Chambers
Pasadena, CA USA
Sumit-Jain
Finalist - Hollowware/Art Objects
Sumit Jain
Amritsar, India
Sungyeoul-Lee
Finalist - Hollowware/Art Objects
Sungyeoul Lee
Seoul, Republic of Korea
Tom-Ferrero
Finalist - Hollowware/Art Objects
Tom Ferrero
Windsor, CT USA
Yuka-Okane-Inoue
Finalist - Hollowware/Art Objects
Yuka Okane Inoue
Lake Forest, IL USA

Eleanor-Phillips
Finalist - Metal Clay
Eleanor Phillips
Southern Pines, NC USA
Liz-Sabol
Finalist - Metal Clay
Liz Sabol
Pittsburgh, PA USA
Patrik-Kusek
Finalist - Metal Clay
Patrik Kusek
Fairfield, CA USA
Rodica-Frunze
Finalist - Metal Clay
Rodica Frunze
Nanaimo, BC Canada
Sharon-Henderson
Finalist - Metal Clay
Sharon Henderson
Marietta, GA USA

Amy-Roper-Lyons
Finalist - Enamel
Amy Roper Lyons

Summit, NJ USA
Debbie-Sheezel
Finalist - Enamel
Debbie Sheezel

Melbourne, Victoria Australia
Gill-Cordiner
Finalist - Enamel
Gill Cordiner

Perth, WA, Australia
Haiyin-Liang
Finalist - Enamel
Haiyin Liang

Xiamen, Fujian, China
Jennifer-Park
Finalist - Enamel
Jennifer Park

Budd Lake, NJ USA

Carol-Fugmann
Finalist - Alternative Metals/Materials
Carol Fugmann
Webster, NY USA
Kathleen-Nowak-Tucci
Finalist - Alternative Metals/Materials
Kathleen Nowak Tucci
Atmore, AL USA
Llyn-Strong
Finalist - Alternative Metals/Materials
Llyn Strong
Greenville, SC USA
Shuang-Feng
Finalist - Alternative Metals/Materials
Shuang Feng
Toronto, ON Canada
Zoltan-David
Finalist - Alternative Metals/Materials
Zoltan David
Bee Cave, TX USA

Alexandra-Hart
Finalist - Emerging Jewelry Artist
Alexandra Hart
Marietta, GA USA
Jason-Baide
Finalist - Emerging Jewelry Artist
Jason Baide
Bozeman, MT USA
Jessica-Sohn
Finalist - Emerging Jewelry Artist
Jessica Sohn
Brooklyn, NY USA
Justine-B-Gagnon
Finalist - Emerging Jewelry Artist
Justine B. Gagnon
Repentigny, QC Canada
Justine-Quintal
Finalist - Emerging Jewelry Artist
Justine Quintal
Carignan, QC Canada

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