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Canucks named finalists in Saul Bell Awards

This 18-karat yellow gold, sterling silver, and sapphire ring by Pierre-Yves Paquette of Saint-Sauveur, Que. is a finalist in the 12th annual Saul Bell Awards. The winners will be announced at JCK Las Vegas in June.
Four Canadian designers can count themselves among the finalists in Rio Grande’s 2012 Saul Bell Awards.

Named after the company’s founder, the design competition recognizes artists and students who challenge traditional perceptions of jewellery design.

Applicants are invited to submit designs in the categories of gold/platinum, silver/Argentium, silver, beads, metal clay, hollowware, or enamel. Now in its 12th year, the awards hand out more than $30,000 in prizes.

The Canadian finalists are:
• Pierre-Yves Paquette, Saint-Sauveur, Que. (gold/platinum);
• Mengnan Qu, Dartmouth, N.S. (enamel);
• Marina Babic, Toronto (beads) and;
• Mary Heller, Toronto (beads).

Prizes will be handed out at an awards dinner during JCK Las Vegas on June 2.

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