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Call for Entries Opens Saul Bell Design Award Competition

The submission deadline Oct. 25.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Rio Grande announces its call for entries for the 2020 Saul Bell Design Award competition. This world renowned competition, launched by Rio Grande in 2001, honors Saul Bell, founder of Rio Grande and a jeweler, teacher and friend whose love of jewelry making and respect for jewelry makers knew no bounds. For its 20th anniversary, this premier event for jewelry designers renews the challenge for jewelers and metal smiths to push their creativity in new and exciting directions, to seize their moments to forge new pathways with their artistry.

“My father would have had so much admiration for every metalsmith who has ever entered this competition,” says Molly Bell, Rio Grande executive vice president and daughter of Saul Bell. “The spirit of the competition embodies not only his passion for making jewelry and his appreciation for the creativity and technical challenges of the work these artists do but also his respect for those striving to learn more, pushing past obstacles, and thriving in doing what they love. He was so generous with his knowledge and always had time for any bench or technical question.”

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One of the most prestigious design events within the jewelry industry, the Saul Bell Design Award competition is unique for its intensive judging process. Two panels, comprising a combined total of 10 jewelers and industry leaders who are masters of their craft, assess and rank entries through two rounds of rigorous judging. In the initial round, five judges look for originality of design, proposed use of materials, and aesthetics to select finalists. In the final round, a second panel of five judges examines completed finalist pieces up close, in the hand, and on model, looking for successful incorporation of materials, wearability (except in the Hollowware category) and quality of workmanship.

Sophia Hu, whose entry, “Origami—Window with a View Collection,” received the 2018 Saul Bell Award Best of Show distinction impressed judges yet again in 2019 with her incredible “Helices” collection to garner the 1st Place honors in the Collections category (Couture/Fine division). “I really appreciate the two rounds of judges in the competition,” she says, “they have the eyes and tastes to see deeper, to identify and appreciate all the design efforts I put into each design in this collection.”

The 2020 competition features seven categories: Gold/Platinum, Silver/Argentium Silver, Hollowware/Art Objects, Alternative Metals/Materials, Jewelry Collections, and two categories of Emerging Jewelry Artist that encompass two age ranges: 18 years old and younger (high school age) and 22 years old and younger (college age); age is determined as of Oct. 25, 2019. Enameled pieces should be submitted into the above categories, as appropriate.

The Jewelry Collection category invites designers to create a cohesive set of wearable pieces (such as a coordinated necklace, bracelet and pair of earrings) representing either a line of luxury jewelry (formerly Couture/Fine) or a line of trend-setting jewelry (formerly Fashion/Bridge).

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Entrants enjoy discounted early-bird fees of $75 per entry for work submitted through September 16, or may choose the regular $125 fee for work submitted prior to the final deadline. The fee for each Emerging Jewelry Artist submission is $25.

Final submission deadline for all entries is Oct. 25, 2019. Finalist pieces are due by Jan. 24, 2020. The entry form and detailed information about the competition, including submission guidelines and information about each of the categories, are available at saulbellaward.com.

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GIT Is Hosting GIT’s 13th World Jewelry Design Award and Challenge Gems Faceting Master 2019

Its objective is to support and further strengthen designers and lapidaries potentials towards the gem and jewelry industry today.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) or GIT is hosting a press conference on GIT’s 13th World Jewelry Design Award and Challenge Gems Faceting Master 2019 with an objective to support and further strengthen designers and lapidaries potentials and to provide guidance towards the gem and jewelry industry today.

Mrs. Duangkamol Jiambutr, director of GIT mentioned, GIT’s World Jewelry Design Award is hosted for the 13th time this year under the theme “Blue by Day, Green by Evening, Red by Night” starring blue gem, red gem and green gem as the main component of the design piece, also GIT is hosting Challenge Gems Faceting Master, inviting Chanthaburi lapidaries and lapidaries from all around the world to have a chance to further strengthen their skills to meet international standard and to win cash prizes worth 1 million baht or 35,000 USD with honored trophy. In the past year, there are over 300 submissions from interested participants from around the world, whereas this year, we are expecting to receive over 400 submission globally.

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The institute have hosted GIT’s World Jewelry Design Award for 12 times in the past, where it is able to create numerous renown designers, for example, Miss Supatchana Limwongse, the winner of GIT’s World Jewelry Design Award 2018 under the theme “The Pearl of Wisdom – Illumination from under the surface” where today, she is the founder of La Orr Ornaments, a contemporary jewelry brand that combines valuable metal with silk, that is gaining popularity today.

As well as Mrs. Wichuda Taepornpanich the winner of GIT’s World Jewelry Design Award 2013 under the theme “Cubism” who started as a freelance designer and today, she is the owner of a jewelry brand called ‘Wida Jewelry’, with her renown embedded gemstone in silver and gold jewelry that has been showcase in both domestic and international events such as Mega Show 2018 in Hongkong and Tokyo Fashion World 2019 in Japan.

GIT’s 13th World Jewelry Design Awards 2019 invites participants from all around the world including students, experts, designers and entrepreneurs. Submission opens from today – 1 August 2019 and the first-round selections will be in August 2019 where the judges will be selecting 30 designs, where 8 designs with the highest score will be turning their designs sketches into an actual jewelry piece.

The competition is divided into 3 types which are prizes for jewelry design focusing on red (ruby) or blue (sapphire) or semi-precious stone with similar shades, prizes for jewelry design focusing on green (peridot) or semi-precious stone with similar shades and Popular Design Award 2019, where interested participants must submit their design that is related to the theme and must contain a minimum of three design pieces in one collection such as earrings, rings and bracelets, and participants can submit up to 3 collections during the submission period.

Submissions can be made via www.gitwjda.com or submit a hard-copy to The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) 340, 340/1-3, 340/5 ITF-Tower Building. 3rd Floor, Silom Road, Suriyawong, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand within 1st August 2019.

Challenge Gem Faceting Master is divided into 2 types which are prizes for Chanthaburi Lapidaries and prizes of General Lapidaries, interested participants can use Synthetic Gemstone or Semi-precious stone with no color limitation, cutting in a cushion shape with no limitation to the number of edges (Mixed cut or Fancy cut) with an approximate size of 25 millimeters, each applicant can submit up to 2 gems. The submitted gemstone must be packed neatly with full details and can be submit in person at The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization).

“The institute will be hosting the Final Round Selections in September 2019 and an Awarding Ceremony for The Winner of GIT’s World Jewelry Design Award and Challenge Gems Faceting Master 2019 together with an exhibition of the selected designs in the “International Chanthaburi Gems and Jewelry Festival 2019” we hope that this competition will have a crucial role in developing and strengthen designer and lapidaries potential, to further build a strong foundation to enter the gem and jewelry industry, as well as to push forward Thai jewelry to be the center of the global gem and jewelry trade” Mrs. Duangkamol Jiambutr said.

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Gem Legacy Launches Campaign to Fund 28 Orphans’ New School Year

It’s for the 2019-2020 school year.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROYAL OAK, MI – Gem Legacy is launching its Back to School Giving goal of $15,400 to send 28 orphans ($550 each) to school for the 2019-2020 school year. Secondary school in East Africa is not paid by the government and the school fees are a large burden on orphanages and children’s homes.

The Mwatate Children’s Home houses over 30 children, age 5-18, in the region of southern Kenya where Tsavorite Garnet is found. The children are all orphans or do not have a family to live with for various reasons and the home supports them mentally, emotionally, and physically. The Home seeks to ensure that the orphans are equipped to flourish as adults when they need to leave the home.

“The Mwatate Children’s home is a community effort and their success in supporting the kids has been largely due to the presence of gemstones, but the need is greater than their ability to support,” said Roger Dery, founder of Gem Legacy. “Our vision is that the greater global gem and jewelry community can rally to ensure that these orphans have the best education available to them.”

Supporters can contribute monetarily or donate children’s books which allow the kids to practice their knowledge of English in the evening. Lightly used baby books, children’s books through 8th grade reading level, learning to read books, and series are appreciated. For more information about Gem Legacy, Inc. or to donate, please email info@gemlegacy.org or visit gemlegacy.org. To learn more, follow Gem Legacy on Instagram @thegemlegacy and on Facebook @thegemlegacy.

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Gismondi1754 Launches New Dedalo Collection

It is reflective of the connected streets fitting together like a puzzle in the old Genoa town center.

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(PRESS RELEASE) GENOA, IT — In Genoa, the “Vicoli”, is renown for its narrow lanes that zigzag across the heart of town. Paved in cobblestones that have remained untouched for centuries, the intricate streets are a journey from top to bottom and every nook in town, only accessible on foot. It is here, the heart of the city of the Gismondi Family business where Massimo Gismondi had his fondest childhood memories and where he continues to create his designs seven generations later.

With his love for the city, Gismondi created his new Dedalo Collection. Dedalo, which translates to maze, is reflective of the connected streets fitting together like a puzzle in the old Genoa town center which remains untouched and special to the city and region. Representing community, discovery, and connectivity, Massimo wanted to create an architecturally interesting and interconnecting links to pay homage to his seven generation history in the port town with this new collection.

From the top to the bottom of the town, Massimo drew inspiration from the interconnected maze of the old town center. Home to shops, vintage churches, ancient monuments, and more – which is the true essence of Genoa and the discovery of much hidden splendor. This simple, high polished gold collection for men and women is sleek and modern. But its hidden messaging is the architectural inspirations Massimo infused. The base design is similar to an interconnecting “grid” mimicking the zigzagging of the streets in his beloved home town.

“I am truly excited for my new collection, Dedalo. It is very different from what I usually do but I thought it would be nice to change it up and create something that can be worn everyday. Also, I wanted to be able to capture my homes essence in something that I can share with the world, and I think this collection did just that,” says Massimo Gismondi.

For additional information please visit: http://www.gismondi1754.com/

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