We know jewelry-makers around the globe, and we’re continually in awe of the incredible range of talent in designers and creators of jewelry. Pretty often, we are also reminded of the depth of talent we have in our local community and within the walls of our own business. Rio Grande, based in Albuquerque, NM, is a proud sponsor each year of the New Mexico Jewelers Association “All That Glitters” design competition, held annually at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. On September 28, as the 2013 winners were voted on and announced, that local talent was on full display.
Local designers, jewelers and other members of the industry turned out in their formal finery to view and assess this year’s entries, each grandly displayed in cases that the museum will continue to host into November (if you’re within driving distance, stop by and see them at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History!) And these aren’t just pieces of art—several designers were spotted wearing their entries from last year. After all, these beautiful pieces of jewelry art are, by definition, wearable.
One of best parts of the evening was the voting of People’s Choice. Attendees toured the entries to select that one piece that captured the imagination and then voted on their favorites.
In this year’s event, more than 50 entries across eight divisions of competition were on display—entries from classic gold and silver pieces to incredible glass beadwork and metal clay designs. And, again, in this year’s competition, Rio was well represented.
Ashli Brooke Taylor, artist, author, and member of Rio Grande’s Technical Support team, took first place honors in the Division IV category for her Argentium® Silver hand-fabricated and etched earrings.
Yvonne M. Padilla, artist, author, teacher, and member of Rio Grande’s Website Content team, received a first place award in the Division VII category for her garnet and sterling necklace with PMC pendant.
The 2013 Premier Award winner was Nancy Attaway of High Country Gems with her 14K white-gold deco-style pendant set with diamonds and a 7.1-carat pendalope-cut morganite gemstone. The pendalope cut itself was created by Nancy to show larger stones in all their glory.
And, finally, the People’s Choice award. This year, the popular award went to this intricate 14-carat white- and yellow-gold rose blossom pendant created by Paul Rex of Butterfield Jewelers.
In addition to the “All That Glitters” event, this year the NMJA also hosted the exclusive Somewhere In The Rainbow™ collection—an incredible private collection of gems and jewelry. The curators of that collection, Shelly Sergent and Craig Lynch, were on hand to discuss the various pieces, a few of which were on display. Take a few minutes to enjoy the Somewhere In The Rainbow collection.
Such beautiful, inspiring designs to enjoy on this evening of celebration that was truly a glittering event. Share with us some of the pieces you’ve made that you feel truly captured your artistic spirit. Have you thought about showing your pieces in a similar competition? Sometimes all you need is a bit of inspiration, don’t you think?