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2014 Saul Bell Design Award: Spectacular Finalists Unveiled

Mar 13, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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Last week I gave you all a look behind-the-scenes of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award final round of judging.

That exciting event brought us one step closer to the announcement of winners at the Saul Bell Design Award celebration dinner to be held here in Albuquerque in just two months!

Today, The Studio is thrilled to unveil all the splendor we enjoyed that day. Across seven categories and from nine different countries spanning the globe, here are the 35 finalist pieces selected for the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition!

Gold/Platinum

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Silver/Argentium® Silver

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Metal Clay

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Hollowware/Art Objects

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Enamel

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Alternative Metals/Materials

A new category this year, the Alternative Metal/Materials category pushes the boundaries of design and reaches beyond the traditional to include base metals, reactive metals, wood, textiles, found objects, and more—anything not encompassed by the previous five categories.

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Emerging Jewelry Artist

The Emerging Artist is a special category for jewelers who are 18 years old or younger and who are just beginning to discover their passion for designing and fabricating jewelry. These designs may incorporate any materials and techniques the artist chooses. These young artists are the future of our industry and, by the look of their work, the future is bright, indeed!

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Do these great jewelry designs make you feel like getting into your studio to create something amazing? Keep your eyes open for the 2015 Saul Bell Design Award call for entries. We would love to see what you've envisioned!

The winners selected by our judges from among the exceptional designs above will be announced, here on The Studio, shortly after the awards ceremony to be held in Albuquerque in May. Which designs would you have chosen? Stay tuned for our announcement of winners and see if the judges agreed with you! In the meantime, you can see winning designs from previous years at the Saul Bell Design Award website, and you can visit our Saul Bell Design Award Pinterest board as well. Be inspired by what you see and then dazzle next year's judges with your best work!

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Etsy Trends We Love: Shapely Jewelry

Mar 9, 2014
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Heather Apodaca
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Today at The Studio we talk with three jewelers (from three different continents!) whose work takes inspiration from the clean lines and simple forms of geometry. Shlomit Ofir of Shlomit Ofir Jewelry Design, Laura Geupin of SharpCloud, and Jess Jones of FawnAndRose are all creating Etsy Trends We Love –Check it out!

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our March Contest!

Feb 19, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Megan Moss, has won a $20 Rio credit, and March’s contest has officially begun–show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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Rio Grande’s Winter Workshop Series: Catching Fire with Jewelry Designer Dana Schneider

Jan 27, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Rio Grande Winter Workshop 2014 is underway and we are having so much fun with our guests from around the globe! Today Amy chatted with participant Dana Schneider, a jewelry designer whose name is on the minds of every costume designer in the L.A. film scene. Dana’s creations can be seen in multiple films, on television, and are worn by some of the most famous performers in Hollywood and beyond. Take a look and be inspired by Dana’s fun story, then come back all week as we bring you other highlights from Winter Workshop 2014!

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our February Contest!

Jan 22, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell

What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Roberta Althiser, has won a $10 Rio credit, and February’s contest has officially begun–show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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Jewelry for 2014: The Year of the Horse

Jan 1, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Officially, the Year of the Horse doesn’t begin until the traditional Chinese New Year, on January 31, but that hasn’t stopped jewelry fashion before. During this week’s contest on Rio Grande’s Facebook fan page, we called for horse-related jewelry, and the entries reflect a universal appeal that never goes out of style. Here’s a peek at four wonderful jewelry artists, plus an honorable mention, and their Year of the Horse entries on Facebook that landed them a spot in today’s blog post.

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Thanks for Giving! The Montezuma Ball and Jewelry Artist Shane Hendren’s Generous Spirit

Nov 28, 2013
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Amy Cliser
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One week ago today, we posted a story about the Bell family, master metalsmith Shane R. Hendren, rare and beautiful Stormy Mountain turquoise, and the Montezuma Ball auction. As promised, today we’re here to bring you an image of the gorgeous Shane R. Hendren necklace and earring ensemble that was sold by auction at the Ball, as well as the video interview with Shane. Read this exciting story and you’ll know why we’re counting our blessings! Happy Thanksgiving wishes to all our friends!

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our November Contest!

Oct 31, 2013
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Molly Therese Bell

What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Denise Harrison, has won a $10 Rio credit, and November’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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On the Road with Rio: Susan McDonough on Monhegan Island, Maine

Oct 18, 2013
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Molly Therese Bell

On a recent vacation to Monhegan Island, Maine, Molly Therese Bell visited the studio of talented jeweler Susan McDonough. Susan shared her beautiful handmade chains, her tourmaline pendants and rings, and her exquisite 22k granulation work. She told stories about her enchanted island home, and shared her exciting plans to adventure beyond Monhegan to expand her jewelry-making skills.

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In the Spotlight: Jewelspan’s Interview with Jeweler Melodie Owen

Oct 2, 2013
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Amy Cliser
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Check out jeweler Melodie Owen’s recent interview on jewelspan.com, in which she talks about how much she’s learned in Rio Grande’s classes over the years. Melodie has become part of the Rio Grande family as she’s expanded her skills and knowledge, and we love following her work. Thanks Melodie!

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