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!
Today, on The Studio, we’re spotlighting the beautiful work of Jenny Christiansen and her Etsy store, Octavia Bloom.
For hundreds of years, when it came to silver you had two choices: sterling or fine. Pretty simple. But Argentium changed all that. Check out this fascinating video featuring its inventor, Peter Johns, and Rio’s own Kevin Whitmore.
Today, on The Studio, we’re spotlighting the beautiful work of Alysia Sánchez Melnikov and her Etsy store, Blue Hour Designs.
“For competitions I want to push the envelope. I want to dazzle the judges with something they haven’t seen before—that is the whole point,” says Robin Waynee, 2012 Saul Bell Design Award Grand Prize winner. Robin fabricated her entire winning bracelet by hand, forgoing casting in favor of individually crafting each element to achieve an incredible level of detail and finishing…
We’re announcing the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award winners in less than four weeks—so let’s check in with some of last year’s winners and see what they have to say about their work! Here’s Janice Grzyb, winner of the Silver/Argentium category.
Juan Lopez, first place winner in the precious metals category of the 2011 Spanish Market, creates beautifully intricate silver filigree. . .
Back in 1979 the infamous Hunt brothers largely cornered the market on silver, driving the price from $6 per ounce to an all-time high of $48.70. Their scheme unraveled when the COMEX intervened, and silver rapidly shrank back down to more accustomed prices.
But here we are in 2011, and silver prices are once again whipsawing – trading at prices well north of $40, and then dropping $10 in less than a week down to $37 or so. But our current situation is different from conditions back in 1979, and while no one knows for sure, it seems possible that silver may have enduring higher prices going forward.
“BAM!” is what Emeril the chef says on his cooking show. And “BAM!” is what I felt when I saw the price of silver top the $30 mark on Monday. Lately, listening to the news has seemed surreal. The Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, has been quoted about “fears of deflation”. Yet here is $30 silver, where just a couple months ago it was half that price. What is a jeweler supposed to do?