Winning jewelry from 2013 Saul Bell Design Awards Competition

For jewelry designers and metalsmiths, winning a Saul Bell Design Award – Rio Grande’s annual competition – is a real feather in the cap. As you can see by the top placers in this year’s awards, judges look for excellence in both design innovation and craftsmanship. Here’s a peek at the jewels that got the top nod this year:


Congratulations to the winners! Top to bottom (click their names to find more of their work or to contact the artist):

Ryan Roberts of Santa Fe, New Mexico, winner of the grand prize in gold/platinum

Inja Kim of Seoul, South Korea, first place in enamel

Megan Clark of Raleigh, North Carolina, first place in silver/Argentium

Michael Boyd of Pueblo, Colorado, second place in gold/platinum

Guzialia Reed of Japan, first place in beads

Wanaree Tanner of Quincy, Illinois, first place in metal clay

Jinbee Park, New York City, second place in silver/Argentium

Laura McCabe of Stonington, Connecticut, second place in beads

Christi Anderson of Tucson, Arizona, second place in metal clay

Nena Potts of Rogersville, Missouri, second place in enamel

For more information on the Saul Bell Design Awards Competition visit their website.


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