Last updateTue, 19 Jun 2018 9pm

Rio Grande congratulates winners of the 10th annual Saul Bell Design Award competition


At a gala celebration dinner held on June 5 during JCK Las Vegas, Rio Grande congratulated the Grand Prize winner and 12 category winners of the tenth annual Saul Bell Design Award competition. From hundreds of submissions, a panel of judges chose 30 finalists and, from these, 12 winners emerged. More than $30,000 in prizes and awards were presented at the Saul Bell Design Award presentation and gala. Winning pieces may be viewed online at www.saulbellaward.com.

The 2010 competition challenged jewelry designers to push the boundaries of creativity as they created original and innovative pieces in any of six categories - Hollowware, Gold/Platinum, Silver/Argentium® Silver, Metal Clay, Beads, and Enamel. Each designer chose any of six categories as the foundation of their piece and integrated additional stones or materials as they wished, provided that the predominant category material remained at least 75% of the finished, original design.

Hollowware Winners:

Grand Prize - $10,000 Rio Grande gift certificate

Wayne Meeten of Hackney, London, United Kingdom


Description: “Stepping Stone”- Hand-raised completely by hammer using the Japanese technique of shibori, this hollowware form is made from a round Britannia silver sheet about 14 inches in diameter. The form takes the shape of a stepping stone, its endless spirals. It is inspired by the Tai Chi Chuan fundamentals the artist has practiced in both life and art for many years.

Second Place - $1000 Rio Grande gift certificate

Michael and Maureen Banner of Monterey, Massachusetts

Gold/Platinum Winners:

First Place - $2500 Rio Grande gift certificate

Jason Dow of Honolulu, Hawaii


Description: “Mandala Keepsake Ring”- Inspired by the drawings of ancient Buddhist monks, this 18K yellow gold ring holds 150 channel-set round diamonds. It was cast in three separate pieces using CAD/CAM software, then finished and assembled. A screw mechanism was incorporated into the design, allowing the wearer to unscrew the top and keep personal, precious items inside.

Second Place - $1000 Rio Grande gift certificate

Navanit Anvekar of Cliffside Park, New Jersey

Silver Winners:

First Place - $2500 Rio Grande gift certificate

Robin Waynee of Chimayo, New Mexico


Description: “Rolling Tahitian Pearl Bracelet” - This bracelet is completely hand-fabricated. The Tahitian pearls are pinned in their housing and spin as the piece is worn. Sterling silver and 18K gold form the links, which are set with diamonds and natural yellow sapphires.

Second Place - $1000 Rio Grande gift certificate

Heather Bayless of Seoul, Korea

Metal Clay Winners:

First Place - $2500 Rio Grande gift certificate

Wendy Wallin Malinow of Portland, Oregon


Description: “Song and Eggs”- This PMC3™ necklace is as varied as the woodland songbirds that inspired it. 12 hollow PMC3™ bird heads are capped with gemstone eyes of tourmaline, citrine, garnet and peridot and are filled with nests, eggs and other natural wonders. The heads are strung with hollow-formed acorns, berries and pebbles, and all are enameled to look like their natural counterparts.

Second Place - $1000 Rio Grande gift certificate

Angela Baduel - Crispin of Ploemeur, France

Beads Winners:

First Place - $2500 Rio Grande gift certificate

Renee Menard of San Diego, California


Description: “October 07”- Inspired by the aftermath of the 2007 San Diego fires, the beads on this necklace are heat-formed plastic made to resemble the burned scraps of paper that littered the artist’s yard during the disaster. Each bead is shaped into various stages of blooming flowers to represent hope renewed.

Second Place - $1000 Rio Grande gift certificate

Pallavi Dudeja Foley, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Enamel Winners:

First Place - $2500 Rio Grande gift certificate

William Brinker of Boulder, Colorado


Description: “Kaleidoscope Pendant” - Carrying a design the artist has refined over many years, this pendant consists of seamless fine silver tubing engraved on a straight line engine. The internal optics consist of sapphire, ruby, emerald, tourmaline and other gems suspended in a viscous liquid. The eyepiece was relief-carved with a repeating acanthus leaf motif, then cast in 18K gold.

Second Place - $1000 Rio Grande gift certificate

Falcher Fusager, Fairfield, California

For information about the upcoming 2011 Saul Bell Design Award competition, designers are invited to call 800-396-9896 ext. 13265 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Visit www.saulbellaward.com for general information about the Saul Bell Design Award.