Rio Grande has issued the call for entries for the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award Competition. The competition, now in its 14th year, recognizes innovation and distinction in jewelry design. It encourages designers to push the limits of their imaginations as they create an original piece of jewelry art in any of seven categories.
A new alternative metals/materials category has been added to the 2014 competition in recognition of the work jewelers are doing with non-precious metals and materials. Designers in this category may use any non-traditional metal or material not covered in another category, including base metals, reactive metals, resin, glass, wood, found objects and textiles.
The seven categories in the 2014 competition are: silver/Argentium® Silver, gold/platinum, metal clay, hollowware/art objects, enamel, alternative metals/materials and emerging jewelry artist.
The emerging jewelry artist category of the competition is open to designers who are 18 years of age and younger by August 1, 2013.
One of the jewelry industry’s leading vehicles of recognition, the competition challenges designers to create a piece that pushes the boundaries of their abilities.
“There is no higher incentive to challenge us as designers than the Saul Bell awards,” says Ryan Roberts, the grand prize winner of the 2013 award in the gold/platinum category. “Knowing that your piece must show the judges something new and innovative forces us to push ourselves outside our comfort zones and do something we’ve never done before.”
Winning designers are recognized at a gala dinner and their pieces will be promoted within the industry.
“I encourage every jeweler I know to enter,” says Robin Waynee, the 2012 grand prize winner in the gold/platinum category. “My award has been very beneficial within the industry. It has opened so many doors for me that wouldn’t be available otherwise.”
Initial design concepts are due September 27. Finalists will be notified by early November and must submit completed pieces by January 31, 2014. Emerging jewelry artists must submit their initial design concepts by November 29.
Detailed information about categories, deadlines and entry guidelines is available at www.saulbellaward.com.