This is part of an ongoing series looking back at past Saul Bell Design Award Competitions as all of us here at Rio anticipate the upcoming announcement of the 2011 winners at JCK, Las Vegas on June 4.
Robin’s winning design, “Rolling Tahitian Pearl Bracelet,” is a personal favorite of mine—I’ll freely admit, I’m a sucker for dark luster.
Completely hand-fabricated, this sterling silver and 18K gold bracelet was assembled using both soldering and laser welding. Each link houses a Tahitian pearl sleeved in tubing and pinned so that it rolls freely as the bracelet is worn, constantly being polished by the skin’s natural oils. The channels of the bracelet are set with diamonds and natural yellow sapphires.
To catch a peek of this year’s finalist designs or to learn more about the categories, the judging or the history of the competition visit the SBDA website.