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Annie Koenig’s Saul Bell Design Journey Chapter Three: Walking Through the Challenges of Surrender

Jul 23, 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 third in a four-chapter series. Read about Annie's design process in chapter one, and about how Annie became a finalist in chapter two. Then check back soon for the final chapter in Annie's journey! 

Follow each of the following image links to Annie's blog and watch her bring the finished piece to life. You'll read about how there were infinite tiny problems, unforeseen obstacles, moments of doubt, and occasions of sheer exhilaration.

"I have worked for five months, no six months, on this piece from inception…and now it is getting life breathed into it," she wrote in her journal during this phase. "After seeing it on the computer and in my mind for so long, I get to see that actual necklace."

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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 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, we share the second in a four-chapter series. Check back in the coming weeks to see more of Annie’s journey!

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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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All the Riser’s a Stage—Using Interior Design Rules to Sell Your Jewelry

Jun 19, 2014
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Display risers provide a simple and elegant way to stagger the heights of your display, add dimension, and use the interior design “rule of three” by creating odd groupings. Risers also allow a wide variety of configurations you can customize to best display your jewelry pieces. Check out The Studio today for more riser inspiration!

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Examining and Challenging Rules in Art Making with Jeweler Ricky Frank

Jun 11, 2014
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Today’s post, by master enamelist and jeweler Ricky Frank, is a thought-provoking examination of the “rules” we impose on ourselves in our creative process. Ricky asks you to remember that a rule is just one way in which to do something. It is not the only way. Ask yourself if the rules you adhere to are helping you or creating obstacles.

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2014 Saul Bell Design Award Competition Gala Awards Dinner: A Celebration to Remember!

May 22, 2014
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This year, for the first time, the Saul Bell Design Award Competition gala dinner was celebrated in conjunction with the Annual Santa Fe Symposium®. Jewelry designers from all over the world, recognized for their craftsmanship and boundary-breaking design rubbed elbows with industry experts who are at the vanguard of innovation in jewelry manufacturing and technology. The meeting of these two sides of the jewelry-making mind made for a great night!

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The Studio Team Gets Their Hands Dirty: Enter Rio’s Incredible WHITE COPPRclay Contest and Join Them!

May 14, 2014
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It’s not too late to join our Incredible WHITE COPPRclay Pinterest Contest! Check out The Studio today to see the what happened when Rio’s blog team got the WHITE COPPRclay bug and had a workshop to create some treasures. Then you can join the Incredible WHITE COPPRclay Contest yourself for a chance to win a fabulous blog spotlight of your jewelry!

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In the Spotlight: The Magical Colors of Hsu Studios

May 8, 2014
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Carol and Jean-Pierre Hsu of Hsu Studios are in the spotlight at The Studio today. See how they create pieces with lively movement and vibrant color by turning anodized aluminum into contemporary jewelry, wall art, and mobiles.

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The Color Clash—Purple and Orange: They’re Better Together

Apr 28, 2014
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Purple and orange. They’re bold. They’re daring. They’re two colors you might think clash, but don’t make enemies of them quite yet. With the color-blocking craze going on everywhere and both hues playing a starring role in recent trends reports, these former bold-faced rivals are quickly becoming the best of friends. Check out The Studio today for purple and orange inspiration!

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Game of Shells: Abalone Crowned 2014’s Top Trend

Apr 16, 2014
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Abalone shell has been named the top jewelry trend for 2014 by JCK’s Jennifer Heebner. The shell’s swirling rainbow of colors gives designers a pop of eye-catching blues, greens, and purples to work with and a piece of abalone wrapped in silver (or gold or base metal) is simply stunning. Check out The Studio today for some great abalone inspiration, take a poll to share your experiences with this iridescent beauty, and see the poll results to find out what your fellow jewelers think of abalone!

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