While Rio associates don't qualify to enter The Saul Bell Design Award Competition, there are plenty of other competitions they can enter. One of them is "All That Glitters," the jewelry design competition hosted by the New Mexico Jewelers Association. This year's "All That Glitters" contest brought a level of competition that was extremely high, with astounding designs across nine categories from talented jewelers around the state.
The competition culminated in an awards gala at The New Mexico Museum of Natural History last Saturday, September 29th. Judges, including Kate Wolf and Charles Lewton-Brain, had quite a job deciding on the winners. Little did we know that a host of our own associates would rock the competition, bringing home five awards including the top prize!
Yvonne Padilla, metal clay artist extraordinaire, won first place in each of the two Metal Clay categories.
Sessin Durgham, from our Tech Team, won 1st place in the Silver category with this beautiful bracelet:
Also from our Tech Team, Gregg Burgard came home with a 1st prize and the Premier Award for his Pate de Verre octopus:
Jamie Vela of Mark Diamond's Jewelers won the People’s Choice Award for her incredible piece titled "Swinging Pink":
In the main Gold and Platinum category, Ron Beauchamp wowed the judges with his "Blue Corn Petroglyph":
If you happen to be in Albuquerque, all the pieces will be on display at the Natural History Museum through November 13th, 2012. All in all, it was quite the evening (especially for our associates!).
Have you entered any jewelry competitions lately? Are you tempted to give it a try? If you have, we would love to hear what you've done to help your piece get noticed by the judges!Comment on this article
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