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Belle Brooke Designs

In jewelry, Jewelry Business Grant, Jewelry Trends, silver jewelry on June 23, 2009 at 8:21 am
Rounded Square Medallion Ring by Belle Brooke Designs

Rounded Square Medallion Ring by Belle Brooke Designs

Belle Brooke Designs has been turning heads for years with the contemporary, urban look of silversmith Belle Brooke Barer. The company has been racking up an impressive list of accolades since winning the Halstead Bead Inc. Business Development Grant in 2007. This year, the company won the prestigious JCK Rising Star Award. Moreover, it seems like Barer’s designs have appeared in every industry magazine over the last few years. A Belle Brooke Designs custom piece was even… Read the rest of this entry »


Jewelry Designer Profiles Coming Soon

In Jewelry Business Grant, Jewelry Trends, Uncategorized on June 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Since we are currently judging entries for the 2009 Halstead Bead Inc Jewelry Business Development Grant, I would like to re-visit some of our past winners and finalists. Over the next few weeks I will be featuring the jewelry creations of these talented artists. So, watch the blog for amazing jewelry starting tomorrow.

Grant Judging – Getting Organized

In Jewelry Business Grant on June 22, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Wow,  it looks like a great pool of candidates in the grant competition this year! We are busy organizing application materials in the judging rooms, sending out receipt confirmations and setting up for the long weeks of judging ahead.

We spend hundreds of hours reading through submissions each year. Every judge goes through most packets at least 2-3 times during the course of the judging process. These are big packets so that is a lot of reading and note taking! Judging typically takes at least three elimination cycles to get to our finalist group. We should finish organizing today and be ready to jump into judging tomorrow.

I plan to make a special trip to Starbucks to make sure I’m ready. Mmmm, I can taste my latte now:) There is nothing more delicious than a morning full of good coffee and beautiful jewelry. Good luck everyone!

Applications are arriving!

In Jewelry Business Grant on June 15, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Grant competition submissions are coming in quickly now in these final days before the postmark deadline on Wednesday. Applicants look great so far. We will begin judging on Monday. Best of luck to all who entered!


In Uncategorized on June 15, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Welcome to the Halstead Jewelry Blog! This blog will be dedicated to topics and trends in the jewelry industry. I am new at blogging so please have patience with me as I learn the ropes.  I welcome comments and suggestions on the blog. I am also eager to receive image and website submissions from jewelry artists. Thanks for your participation!