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Finalists and Judges Announced for 2019 Saul Bell Design Award

Winners will be announced May 19.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Rio Grande, the organizer of the Saul Bell Design Award (saulbellaward.com), announces the 45 finalists of the 2019 Saul Bell Design Award competition, as well as the two panels of experts tasked with judging the finalists’ work.

Now in its 19th year, this international competition challenges designers to pick up their tools and seize the moment.

Since launching in 2001, the Saul Bell Design Award has become one of the most sought-after honors for jewelers and metalsmiths worldwide.

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In the Saul Bell Design Award competition, two rounds are judged by a total of 10 jewelers and industry leaders who are masters of their craft. 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. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

There are nine categories in the 2019 competition: Gold/Platinum, Silver/Argentium Silver, Enamel, Hollowware/Art Objects, Alternative Metals/Materials, two categories of Jewelry Collection, and two categories of Emerging Jewelry Artist.

The two Jewelry Collection categories invite designers to create a cohesive set of wearable pieces (such as a coordinated necklace, bracelet and pair of earrings). Jewelers can compete in Jewelry Collection Couture/Fine, representing a line of luxury jewelry, or Jewelry Collection Fashion/Bridge, representing a line of trend-setting jewelry. The Emerging Jewelry Artist categories encompass two age ranges: 18 years old and younger (high school age), or 22 years old and younger (college age) as of October 25, 2018.

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In this international competition, finalists were selected from hundreds of entries, hailing from 19 countries. Winners will be announced at an awards dinner to be held on May 19, 2019, in Albuquerque, NM. Downloadable high-resolution photos of each entry are available at saulbellaward.com.

2019 Finalists

Gold/Platinum
“The Mystic Fountain” by Garen Garibian (Los Angeles, CA)
“Jellyfish Earrings” by Pavit Gujral (Chandigarh, India)
“Star Hen Galaxy Pendant” by Adam Neeley (Laguna Beach, CA)
“Moebius No.1” by Pierre-Yves Paquette (Saint-Jerome, QC, Canada)
“Queen Bee” by Llyn Strong (Greenville, SC)

Silver/Argentium Silver
“Flowering” by Christine De Vogel (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
“Prospect Palace” by Mehrnoosh Ganji (Melbourne, Australia)
“Suftal Fidda” by Maja Houtman (Utrecht, Netherlands)
“Counterpoint” by Han-Yin Hsu (Tacoma, WA,)
“An Elegant Disintegration” by Andi Terry (Liberty Hill, TX)

Enamel
“The Endless Love” by Garen Garibian (Los Angeles, CA,)
“Collection of Thirteen Eyes” by Lillian Jones (Raleigh, NC)
“Spirit & Flame” by Sandra McEwen (Raleigh NC)
“Releasing Butterflies” by Sydney Scherr (Santa Fe, NM)
“Lineal Alchemy” by Debbie Sheezel (Melbourne, Australia)

Hollowware/Art Objects
“Cherry Blossom in Winter Snow” by Marilyn Bailey (Hendersonville, NC)
“The Echinacea Teapot” by Valerie Jo Coulson (Pequea, PA)
“Luminous Relic #1628” by David Huang (Sand Lake, MI)
“Well of Life” by Janet Huddie (Crownsville, MD)
“Agave Pitcher” by Preston Jones (New York, NY)

Alternative Metals/Materials
“Bear Bones” by Heidi Kummli (Nederland, CO)
“Eclipsim” by Kirk Lang (Seattle, WA)
“Torus Bracelet for an Astronaut” by Ezra Satok-Wolman (Caledon, ON, Canada)
“The Dweller of Unal” by Judicael Vales (Nevada City, CA)
“Light Two” by Ashley Warsaw-Fiorvanti (Hilton Head Island, SC)

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Jewelry Collection Couture/Fine
“Sunshine and Shadow” by Valerie Jo Coulson (Pequea, PA)
“Christmas Tree Worm Collection” by Pavit Gujral (Chandigarh, India)
“HELICES” by Sophia Hu (Las Vegas, NV)
“Pablo Neruda Collection” by Eva Martin (Queensland, Australia)
“Illusion Collection” by Farzaneh Nozari (Savannah, GA)

Jewelry Collection Fashion/Bridge
“Kirigami Pearl Collection” by Karin Jacobson (Minneapolis, MN)
“Migration of Butterflies” by Wiwat Kamolpornwijit (Alexandria, VA)
“A Thousand Masks” by Zejia Lin; Dongguan GAFA Culture & Creativity Institute (Guangdong, China)
“Jupiter” by Liz Sabol (Pittsburgh, PA)
“Fusing and Freezing” by Mingshuai Sun; Dongguan GAFA Culture & Creativity Institute (Guangdong, China)

Emerging Jewelry Artist 18 Years of Age or Younger
“Heirloom” by Jade Adelman (Haverford, PA)
“Mokume Chainmail Choker” by Ethan Hansen (Salida, CO)
“Midnight” by Christopher Liu (Allen, TX)
“Howling Wolf” by Alexandra Ortiz (Fort Worth, TX)
“Seraphina” by Abby Schwab (Fort Atkinson, WI)

Emerging Jewelry Artist 22 Years of Age or Younger
“That Which Could Not Be Done” by James Betts (Christiana, PA)
“Flower of Life Amulet” by Tristan Dunn (Asheville, NC)
“Dinner Ring” by Nicholas Hesson (Holland, PA)
“Open Spiculum Cuff with Black Diamond” by Timo Krapf (Pittsford, NY)
“Splash” by Dillon McNamara (Longmont, CO)

2019 Judges

Judge bios and photos are available at saulbellaward.com.

First Round
Munya Avigail-Upin—jeweler, educator and co-owner of Alchemy 9.2.5. fine jewelry gallery
Ann Cahoon—jeweler, educator, writer and 2010 Saul Bell Design Award finalist
Jim Dailing—educator, metalsmith and custom bridal jeweler
Shane Hendren—award-winning jeweler, designer and Rio Grande Jewelry Tech Team member
Gloria Stewart—custom jeweler and designer

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Final Round
Victoria Adams—award-winning jeweler and designer
Jason Marchiafava—master jeweler, engraver, educator/mentor at New Approach School for Jewelers
Claudio Pino—lapidary artist, jeweler, designer and Metal Arts Guild of Canada Master of all Metal
Emily Benoist Ruffin—2002 Saul Bell Design Award-winning jeweler and designer
Marc Williams—goldsmith, production and custom jeweler and designer

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Ania Haie Introduces Autumn/Winter 2019

Each collection is inspired by key catwalk trends.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Here to transform your wardrobe from season to season Ania Haie is set to unveil two new collections for Autumn/Winter 2019. First up, the classic baguette gets a modern makeover as the trend for baguette jewelry makes a sparkling comeback to the catwalks. The Glow Getter collection is comprised of sleek and minimal pieces embellished with gently glistening cubic zirconia baguettes. From subtly sparkling elegant chokers to statement crawler ear cuffs, the Glow Getter collection can carry you through from desk to dinner in one easy step.

Maximizing on eye-catching details, the Metal Crush collection features pieces that are minimal in design with striking crushed metal surface textures. From statement rings to contemporary threader earrings these pieces are like mini works of art. With crushed precious metal set to be a huge trend for A/W 19, these bold pieces will be sure to have you standing out from the fashion crowd.

Inspired by the latest fashion trends, Ania Haie is paving the way for affordable sterling silver jewelry that combines exquisitely made pieces without compromising on quality. With each collection inspired by key catwalk trends, Ania Haie is fast becoming the hottest destination for young style-savvy consumers. Each unique jewelry piece is designed to layer up to create your own individual look yet striking enough to wear as standalone pieces. Each piece of Ania Haie jewelry is delicately crafted from 925 sterling silver with rhodium or 14kt gold plating.

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Lark & Berry Launches the Diamond Disruptor Podcast

It will be a regularly released and ongoing series.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Diamond mining industry disrupting jewelry brand Lark & Berry, fresh off its Editor’s Choice design win at the 2019 JCK Las Vegas conference, has launched the first episode of its new podcast called ‘The Diamond Disruptor.’

Episodes of Lark & Berry’s new podcast will be a regularly released and ongoing series featuring luxury industry commentary and reporting. The podcast will have interviews with all walks of life from the luxury goods industry and beyond.

Lark & Berry’s podcast is free and can be found on all major music/audio streaming platforms. It can be downloaded directly at Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Player FM and SoundCloud.

“We want this podcast to be accessible to those who want to learn about the diamond market—with particular focus on where cultured diamonds (also known as lab grown) fit into everything,” said Clark Watts, broadcaster and content writer, who will host the Diamond Disruptor podcast.

“I’ve been working for Lark & Berry for just over a year, and I’m new to diamonds and the luxury industry. I’m still learning about luxury. And I’m still learning and investigating how sustainable interests, like cultured diamonds, are becoming increasingly important in the world of fine jewelry. This podcast is both for people who want to learn right along with me and for industry vets to keep tabs on what’s going on out there.”

The first episode of the Diamond Disruptor podcast features exploration of where cultured diamonds are at in today’s luxury market and how new shopping-geared tech figures in. These themes are explored through a wrap-up of Lark & Berry’s experience exhibiting for the first time at JCK Las Vegas 2019, North America’s premiere jewelry expo, which featured over 30,000 brand exhibitors, buyers and analysts. The first episode features interviews with JCK Magazine editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky, diamonds industry marketing analyst Liz Chatelain (MVI Marketing) and a leading brand strategist from Altr created diamonds, a leading and pioneering cultured jewelry brand.

“Lark & Berry, since its inception just over a year ago, has always been just as much about spreading the word of sustainability with our promotion of cultured diamonds,” said Lark & Berry founder Laura Chavez.

“Our new podcast is meant to educate and inform on why cultured diamonds are such an important emerging, sustainable option in diamonds—just the same as mined diamonds in every way and at times even more superior in quality, not to mention the more environmentally responsible option.”

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WJA Gives $65,500 in 2019 Scholarships and Grants

The money is going to 49 women.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – In advance of its Awards for Excellence Gala on July 29, which will raise funds for scholarships and grants, the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) announced that proceeds from 2019 fundraising resulted in awards totaling $65,500 in grants and scholarships to 49 women. The recipients are using the funds to underwrite education and advance their professional careers.

“Our grant and scholarship winners are an impressive group,” says WJA Executive Director Bernadette Mack. “Helping women enter and sustain careers in the jewelry business is one of the most important goals of the Women’s Jewelry Association.”

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The named scholarship and grant recipients are:

Carelle-WJA Grant Winner ($5,000)

Winners: Anne Holman and Jen Townsend, The Smithery
Anne Holman and Jen Townsend are jewelry artists who each earned a BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design. Each has been building her own jewelry business, exhibiting work and teaching jewelry and enameling workshops in art centers and undergraduate metalsmithing classes. Together, they built The Smithery, an artist-made shop and metalsmith studio focusing on contemporary jewelry and modern craft located in Columbus, Ohio. The Smithery features lines of jewelry designed and created in house by the two artists, and also represents over 70 American and International artists. In addition, The Smithery includes an exhibition gallery and classroom area offering jewelry and enameling workshops. Holman and Townsend plan to use their grant to establish a separate studio space and acquire additional tools for expanded class offerings.

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Female Veteran Scholarship, sponsored by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Group ($5,000)

Winner: Nora Micheli Hernandez
Nora Micheli Hernandez is currently a student at Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology at Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas. She will be graduating later this year with certificates in jewelry repair, computer-aided design, and jewelry technology. She is a disabled veteran of the U.S. Army, as well as a wife and mother to two boys. She plans on doing custom jewelry and working with other disabled veterans. Hernandez plans to use the grant money to buy the equipment and supplies needed to set up her studio.

The Cindy Edelstein Jewelry Design Scholarship ($5,000)

Winner: Coco de Salazar
Coco de Salazar is a jewelry designer and teaching artist in Miami, Florida. She has been metalsmithing for nine years and currently teaches fabrication and soldering classes at Jewelry Creations Workshop school in North Miami. Her jewelry line, “de Salazar Jewelry,” is designed and fabricated in her private Miami studio. In the daytime, de Salazar is a graphic designer and fine arts photographer, focusing on branding, marketing, and design needs for clients. She holds the president-elect board position for the WJA Miami Chapter. She plans to use her scholarship funds to pursue the Comprehensive CAD/CAM for Jewelry certificate through the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

The Gabriel Love Foundation Scholarship ($5,000)

Winner: Xabrina Michel’li Thompson
Xabrina Michel’li Thompson is a 22-year-old graduate of one of South Africa’s leading girl’s schools, Epworth High School. She is pursuing a graduate gemologist diploma from GIA, for which she will use her scholarship funds. She is a student member of the Women’s Jewelry Association. Thompson works in the jewelry industry and as part of her duties and responsibilities she has traveled widely, particularly in Asia and the Far East, marketing and sourcing jewelry products. In this process she identified a business opportunity, which she researched and introduced to her employer. As a result, a subsidiary company was formed, in which Thompson was given a share holding. She’ll use her newfound gemological knowledge to develop a freshwater pearl, colored stone, and sterling silver jewelry brand. She also wants to establish a WJA Chapter in her home country in South Africa to help others achieve their dreams.

The June Herman Designer/Creator Scholarship ($5,000)

Winner: Qianwen Lu
Qianwen Lu is a student at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where she is studying towards her degree in jewelry design. She plans to continue studying jewelry in a post-graduate course.

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The Peggy Kirby Designer Scholarship ($5,000)

Winner: Hsinyu Chu
Hsinyu Chu was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She received her bachelor of fine arts in fashion design and master of fine arts in jewelry metal art at Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She also studied at The Revere Academy in San Francisco. Chu received a jewelry design & technology diploma and a graduate jeweler diploma from GIA and is a student in its graduate pearls program. In 2017, she launched her jewelry workshop, JC Art & Design, in San Francisco’s Mission District before moving it to Milpitas, California. Chu would also like to become an appraiser and wishes to take an appraisal course.

Other Student Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded in three different categories: Designer/Creator (based on images of finished pieces that are designed and created by the student): Lauren Delbracco $3,000, Xun Liu $2,500, Zoe Larson $1,500, Melissa Cousins $1,000. Designer (based on designs by the student, includes CAD and drawings): Mengjie Zhang $2,000, Xinchen LI $1,000. Non-Designer (essay-based for applicants studying to be gemologists, appraisers, watchmakers, bench jewelers, or retailers): Bonnie Cornell $3,000; Jennifer Pollard $2,500; Katie Soule $1,500; Laura Marsolek $1,000.

Member Grants

Previously, WJA announced that it had awarded 32 member grants of $500 each to recipients around the country, for a total of $16,500 in awards. The grants are awarded to female, professional-level, WJA members in good standing, to be used toward professional growth. Grant winners are listed by the WJA Chapter that submitted their names:

  • Austin: Jen Leddy-Barnes; Boston: Wendy Jo New; Chicago: Sue Rosengard, Anne Van der Meulen, Olivia Zale; Colorado: Alexandra Fitzgerald; Dallas: Kelly Grise, Patricia Schrag; Houston: Maggie Segrich; Los Angeles: Harvinder Keila; Miami: Tiffany Joachim; Northern California: Sara Beck, Christy Comstock, Brittany Stadtmiller; NY Metro: Kristine Cabanban, AnnaLisa Cervi, Christine Malle, Stephanie Maslow Blackman, Annmarie Sclafani Stewart; Ohio/Kentucky: Christina Miller, Leslie Wright; Philadelphia: Christine Alaniz; Providence: Jennifer Skiba; Raleigh: Martha D’Alessandro; San Diego: Laura Fischer, Niki Grandics, Kathleen Lynagh House; Seattle: Nancy Castillo, Jessica Herner; Twin Cities: Jennifer Bellefleur, Dawn Bruggeman; Charlotte Preston “Get’s it Done” Grant: Betsy Sanders.

WJA grants and scholarships are administered by the WJA Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation. Funds for these programs are generously provided by our corporate partners, local WJA chapters, the annual Awards for Excellence gala, and by individual donations. Donations are tax deductible. The foundation’s board of trustees is chaired is Brenda Gamba, Jewelers Board of Trade. Member grants are administered by board member Sue Elliott of GIA, and scholarships are managed by Lisa Slovis Mandel, Lisa Slovis Metalsmithing, immediate past president of the foundation. Various committees choose the winners of a number of the named scholarships. Member grant winners are chosen via a random drawing.

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WJA raises funds for its member grants and scholarships via its annual Awards for Excellence gala, which brings together industry leaders for a social evening in support of women in the industry. This year’s gala is on Monday, July 29, 2019, at Pier 60 in New York. It will once again feature a silent auction and raffle for that purpose.

The gala will also honor Visionaries in the jewelry industry – individuals making a difference in the cause of women’s equality. This year, the two individual WJA Visionary Awards will be bestowed on Carol Pennelli, president, David Yurman; and Stellene Volandes, editor in chief, Town & Country magazine.

In addition, Mark Hanna, chief marketing officer, Richline Group, will be presented with the Cindy Edelstein Mentorship Award. Hanna is the fourth recipient of the award, which was established in 2016 after the passing of Cindy Edelstein, a longtime WJA member who dedicated her life’s work to the development, encouragement, and enrichment of the lives of women in the jewelry industry.

Tickets to the awards gala are available at womensjewelryassociation.com.

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