By Michelle Graff
New York--Rio Grande is calling for submissions for the 2016 Saul Bell Design Award competition, a jewelry design contest meant to encourage designers to push the limits of their skills and imagination.

Entries will be accepted through Oct. 23, and all finalists’ pieces will be due by Jan. 30. 

There are seven categories in this year’s competition: gold/platinum, silver/argentium silver, metal clay, enamel, hollowware/art objects, alternative metals/materials, and emerging jewelry artist, which is open to designers who are 21 or younger as of Oct. 23.

The competition, now in its 16th year, is judged by a number of jewelers and industry leaders who look for originality of design, successful incorporation of materials, wearability and quality of workmanship as they examine each piece.

Winning pieces will be promoted throughout the industry and displayed in the Plumb Club during the 2016 JCK Las Vegas show, helping the designers gain new levels of recognition in their careers, Rio Grande said.

For more information about the competition or entry forms, visit

“These are people who care deeply and passionately about our craft--most of them have dedicated a lifetime to honing their skills,” Rio Grande President Alan Bell said. “Everyone in the industry benefits from their design leadership and the excitement they bring to the jewelry and metal arts, the new directions and possibility that emanate from them and spread to the wider jewelry world.”

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