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Saul Bell Award Winners
Jewelry Scene

Thomas Dailing of Steven’s Point, Wisconsin, is the grand prize winner of the eighth annual Saul Bell Award design competition sponsored by Rio Grande. Dailing’s spiraling “The Nautilus” pendant with a spinning red tourmaline reflected in a parabolic dish of 18k gold, was also the winner of the gold and platinum jewelry category of the competition. First place in the silver jewelry category went to John Casner of Searsmont, Maine, for his anticlastic earrings.

The awards also included categories for hollowware, precious metal clay, beads, and Swarovski crystal. This year, an emerging artist competition recognized a young jewelry artist, 18 years of age or younger. First place was awarded to Amy Malsch of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, for her “Blossom” hairpiece.

Entries for the 2009 awards are due September 19, 2008. Enamel is a new 2009 category. Emerging artist entries are due December 12, 2008. For images of all the 2008 winners and information about the 2009 Saul Bell Awards, visit

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“The Nautilus” pendant by Thomas Dailing.