Fire Mountain Gems and Beads has had huge success with their annual beading contest which recently ended. So much so that they are now having theme specific contests throughout the year. They have just announced a new contest which started on July 2 and closes on September 21, 2009.
This contest is called Crystallized Swarovski Elements. Collectors of vintage jewelry have long appreciated the cut and brilliance of Swarovski crystals. Now, creators of contemporary jewelry can try creating their own Swarovski jewelry and have a chance at winning a $1000 gift certificate from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.
The lovely necklace shown here is a past silver medal win by designer Dianne Baas. I love the way that she has combined glass beads and crystals in this pretty amber colored pendant necklace. It will be interesting to see what other designers come up with for this year's contest.
Their rules state that all design entries must be comprised of at least 50% of products purchased from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads. Each entry must include at least 50% of the product in the piece of the category in which it is being submitted. All designs must be original and a winning design from another jewelry-making contest may not be submitted.
Complete list of rules can be found here. Let the creating begin! Check back later for details about the winners of this and other Fire Mountain Jewelry Making Contests.