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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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Heather Apodaca
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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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Saul Bell Design Award Winners, Valerie Jo Coulson and Bruce Hartman: The Stories Behind the Artists

Jul 21, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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The Studio is delighted to introduce you to our Saul Bell Design Award winners…one category at a time! The Saul Bell Design Award competition challenges jewelry artists to push the limits of jewelry design. Today’s featured winners, Valerie Jo Coulson and Bruce Hartman, placed in the Silver/Argentium category. Take a look to learn more about what makes these exceptional, award-winning artists tick and then check back in the coming weeks to see in-depth spotlights on ALL our winners!

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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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Heather Apodaca
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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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Molly Therese Bell
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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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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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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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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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Five Reasons to Attend Santa Fe Symposium

Feb 17, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Every year in May—this year May 18-21—the greatest minds of the jewelry industry convene in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Experts from around the world present their research, attendees listen intently, and everyone absorbs more priceless knowledge in just a few days than a desert soaks up in a hard rainfall. This yearly gathering of experts to discuss opportunities in the industry is the Santa Fe Symposium. Here are five reasons you should come!

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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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