This contest is now in its ninth year. The Saul Bell Design Award recognizes artists whose work challenges normal perceptions of jewelry design. The contest celebrates Saul's spirit and legacy by inviting jewelry artists and students to enter their most inspired creations.
According to the website: The industry abounds with stories of the opportunities and support Saul provided to young jewelers working to develop their skills. His quiet patience endeared him to all. And his good humor always brought a smile. It is our hope that Saul's influence continues to inspire and enlighten jewelers everywhere.\
The 2009 winners have been announced for the following categories: Gold/Platinum, Enamel, Beads, Silver, Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and Holloware.
My two favorites are this stunning green necklace from the Bead category by Darlene Durrwachter Rushing from The Jelly Bean Machine of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and this fabulous brooch from the Enamel Category by Falcher Fusager of Magick Fusager Design, Inc. from Fairfield, California.
For a complete list of all finalists and pictures of their designs, you can visit the Saul Bell web site design finalists page.
Both Styles are so unusual and really capture the intention of the contest. Which are your favorites?