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Annie Koenig’s Saul Bell Design Journey Chapter Two: Surrender is a Finalist!

Jul 16, 2014
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Annie (also known as Andrea) Koenig won second place in the gold/platinum category in the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition. She documented her artistic journey, from the first spark of the idea to enter the contest, through completing the piece and attending the awards dinner, on her website. This is the second in a four-chapter series. Read the first chapter of her journey here, and check back soon for chapter three!

The Saul Bell Design Award competition has two rounds of judging. For the first, designers submit their design concept only. This can be done through drawings, CAD renderings, descriptions, however the artist is best able to articulate her creative vision.

Once an artist's design is accepted at the initial round of judging, she must actually create the physical design and send it in for the final round. During this round, the judges handle the actual piece to examine how well the design was executed, view it on a model to judge its wearability, and discuss the merits of each piece in detail. It is an intensive judging process.

In the second part of Annie's journey to Saul Bell Award winner, you'll learn how she begins to bring her design to life. Each of the following images links to a piece of the story from Annie's blog. Frozen pipes and delivery delays in the dead of winter were just a couple of her obstacles!

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Annie Koenig’s Saul Bell Design Journey Chapter One: The Design

Jul 9, 2014
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Annie (also known as Andrea) Koenig won second place in the gold/platinum category of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition. She documented her artistic journey, from the first spark of the idea to enter the contest, through completing the piece and attending the awards dinner, on her website. Today, on The Studio, see the first in a four-chapter series. Check back in the coming weeks to see more of Annie’s journey!

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2014 Saul Bell Design Award Competition: Meet the Winners!

Jun 12, 2014
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Take a closer look at the boundary-breaking design of the 14th annual Saul Bell Design Award competition winners. Today’s post showcases all fifteen extraordinary winners and gives you some insight into their techniques, materials, and creative approach. Here are the spectacular winners. . .

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May is Gold Month Contest Winner: Congratulations Kelly Noonan of 5 Oaks Studio!

Jun 5, 2014
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Throughout May we celebrated “May is Gold Month” with a special edition of our What Are You Working on Now? contest! The weather is warming up and gold is HOT, so we were thrilled to see 15 outstanding gold contest entries! Kelly Noonan of 5 Oaks Studio won the contest, a $100 Rio Grande gift certificate, and a moment in The Studio spotlight!

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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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Today, The Studio is thrilled to unveil the 35 finalist pieces of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition! Across seven categories and from nine different countries spanning the globe, this is the best of jewelry design and it brings us one step closer to the announcement of SBDA winners in May! Take a look and be inspired.

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Etsy Trends We Love: Shapely Jewelry

Mar 9, 2014
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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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Saul Bell Design Award Competition: Behind-the-Scenes at the 2014 Final-Round Judging!

Mar 5, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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Just a few days ago, a group of five esteemed judges gathered to share their expertise, scrutinize, and score the 35 finalist pieces of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition. Take a look behind-the-scenes as we inch closer to the gala awards event, here in Albuquerque this May, which will honor the extraordinary winners of this international celebration of the best in jewelry design.

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Olympic Inspiration: Gold Medals by the Numbers

Feb 26, 2014
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The closing ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics were held on Sunday, which means all the athletes are headed home with their gold, silver, and bronze hardware (U.S. athletes are bringing more than 25 medals back). This year a record number of medals were given out, thanks to the 12 new competitions added to this year’s games. And, being jewelers, that got us thinking, what exactly is the golden jewel of the Olympic games made of?

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Spark Your Creativity: Five Jewelry Exhibits Not to Miss!

Feb 6, 2014
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Today at The Studio we bring you a little fodder for your creative soul. Here at Rio Grande, one of our favorite places to go in search of inspiration and new ideas is museums. All that creative genius gathered in one place just makes us want to make something. Luckily for jewelers, there are a bevy of jewelry-focused exhibits this spring and fall. From the Medieval to the avant-garde to the diamond-studded, the exhibits offer a little creative rejuvenation in the dark days of winter.

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2014 Saul Bell Design Award Competition Gala Awards Dinner: Coming to Albuquerque in May!

Dec 16, 2013
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Molly Therese Bell

The Saul Bell Design Award Gala celebration will happen right here in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico, in May of 2014. And the timing is excellent! The celebration will take place in conjunction with one of the most prestigious and mind-expanding events in our industry—The Santa Fe Symposium!

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