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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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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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Heather Apodaca
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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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Heather Apodaca
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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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Pantone 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Dec 12, 2013
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Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year, intrigues the eye, sparks the imagination, and glows from within. Perfect for jewelry, accessories and fashion!

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Giving More Than We Take: The Bell Family, Shane Hendren’s Masterpiece, and The Montezuma Ball

Nov 21, 2013
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On Saturday, November 23, the 2013 Montezuma Ball will hold an auction to benefit several worthy New Mexico non-profits . It will be an evening with a gorgeous, historically rich theme, The Year of Turquoise. The name and the cause lured Molly Bell, a Rio Grande director and daughter of founder Saul Bell, to dig into an old family treasure and elicit the talents of exquisite local jewelry artist, Shane R. Hendren.

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2014 Saul Bell Design Award: 50 Days Left for Emerging Artists to Enter!

Oct 10, 2013
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Amy Cliser
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Do you teach jewelry making to a student under the age of 18 who continues to amaze you? Or, perhaps you are a young jewelry student reading this, and wanting to try your hand at a renowned jewelry competition. If so, then it’s time to throw your jewelry design into the ring! The Saul Bell Design Award competition includes an Emerging Artist category, and is accepting entries for 50 more days!

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Rio Shines at NMJA’s All That Glitters Event

Oct 7, 2013
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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. Find out more in today’s post!

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