STEPS TO ENTER

  • Make sure entry meets all category and rules criteria.

  • Have your photo or rendering ready to submit. See rules and regulations for tips for entering.

  • 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).

  • Have credit card and PayPal payment ready for each entry.


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REGISTRATION FEES

SAUL BELL DESIGN AWARD

$75

through September 15

$125

through October 26


SAUL BELL EMERGING JEWELRY ARTIST

$25

through October 26


TIPS FOR SUBMITTING ENTRIES

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.


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THE CATEGORIES

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JEWELRY COLLECTION COUTURE/FINE

A luxury collection that uses a repeated element, theme or design. The collection should be cohesive and consistent in its presentation, materials and voice/style. This body of work should be designed to be produced and sold repeatedly. Each piece in the collection must be wearable jewelry. Materials can include but are not limited to: gold, platinum, diamonds, precious gemstones, pearls, and parts made in silver. Items can be cast, fabricated, forged, assembled or created with any combination of techniques.

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JEWELRY COLLECTION FASHION/BRIDGE

A trend-setting collection that uses a repeated element, theme or design. The collection should be cohesive and consistent in its presentation, materials and voice/style. This body of work should be designed to be produced and sold repeatedly. Each piece in the collection must be wearable jewelry. Materials can include but are not limited to: silver, base metals, plastic, wood, semi-precious gemstones and beads. Items can be cast, fabricated, forged, assembled or created with any combination of techniques.

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.

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, October 26, 2017.

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, October 26, 2017.

FINAL DESIGNS MUST

  • Consist of one item or one related set of items per entry
  • Be composed predominantly of the material specified in the chosen category
  • Be the artist's original design
  • Not have won an award in any other competition prior to Oct. 26, 2017

SUBMISSIONS MUST

  • Include one high-resolution photograph or rendering: 300-dpi JPEG or PDF; 10-megabyte (MB) maximum
  • Include the name and description of the piece (limited to 800 characters which includes spaces and punctuation)
  • Not include a personal name, company name, or other identifying information in the description of your piece
  • Include 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
 

SCHEDULE

JULY 26, 2017

Registration opens for all entries.

OCTOBER 26, 2017

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

NOVEMBER 16, 2017

First round of judging is held.

NOVEMBER 20, 2017

The five finalists and all non-finalists in each category are notified.

JANUARY 25, 2018

Finished finalist pieces must be received by Rio for all categories.

 

FEBRUARY 22, 2018

Final round of judging is held for all categories.

FEBRUARY 28, 2018

Winners are notified.

APRIL 2018

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

MAY 20, 2018

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

JUNE 2018

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 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:

  • Promotion of winning pieces through a variety of media and industry events, including display in the exclusive Plumb Club during 2018 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 20, 2018, 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 20–23, 2018, in Albuquerque, NM. 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 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 20, 2018 at Hotel Albuquerque, NM

  • 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 20, 2018, at Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM.


THE 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. 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.


RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • 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 both institutions serve. As a SBDA entrant, your commitment to artistic integrity shows respect for your own work and for the work of other jewelers. Entrants 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 Saul Bell Design Award.

  • The piece (or any piece(s) within a collection) cannot have won an award in any other competition prior to the October 26, 2017, entry deadline. Artists may enter their design in other competitions, but they must alert Saul Bell Design Award organizers if the design wins an award prior to the date of our first judging on November 16, 2017. In that event, the design will be removed from this competition and the entry fee refunded (whether it be an individual piece, or a piece or pieces within the Collection category). For most categories the final entry must be one piece or a set (wearable together) of jewelry or ornamentation (tiara, hairpiece, cane, etc.). Entries in the Jewelry Collection categories should consist of more than one piece of wearable jewelry that work together as a cohesive collection. Entries in in the Hollowware/Art Objects category need not be wearable jewelry. 

  • 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 October 26, 2017. 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. We cannot accept entries from the following countries: Balkans, Belarus, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Myanmar, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela 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.


PUBLICITY

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 2018 for photography and display purposes. Winners and their designs may be featured in publicity campaigns.


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SHIPPING OF FINALISTS' PIECES

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.