2020 BeadDreams and Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards

Discover new twists and cost-saving changes to the international jewelry competitions.


It’s hard to believe, but BeadDreams is about to turn 20! Launched the very same year as the Bead&Button Show, this international competition for jewelers has truly come of age. We have some exciting news to share with anyone who is thinking about entering the 2020 competition: This year only, we are reducing the entry fee by $20 and broadening eligibility guidelines.

  • Entry fees this year will be $35 instead of $55.
  • Work produced at any time since the founding of these awards will be accepted.

Photo submissions will be accepted beginning November, with a deadline of June 29, 2020. Prizes valued at thousands of dollars are awarded each year.

BeadDreams 2019 Grand Prize Winner/Finished Jewelry: "Lily" by Alex Roeder

“To mark our 20thyear, we are putting a spotlight on 20 years of amazing artistry,” said Show Director Sara Dumford. “By accepting work produced since 2000, we want to give artists the chance to look back on their body of work and choose pieces that best reflect their technical mastery and design talents.”

Past prize winners are not eligible to enter the 2020 competition. However, artists can re-submit an entry that did not win an award. 

The BeadDreams competition awards prizes to bead artists in three categories: Finished Jewelry, Objects and Accessories, and Young Beader (25 and under). Winners are announced each year at the Bead&Button Show in Milwaukee, WI, a weeklong, multifaceted event that attracts thousands of jewelry makers, artists, vendors and instructors.

Metals Grand Prize Winner: "Praying Mantis" by Jill Tower

And don’t forget about the BeadDreams spin-off for metal and wire artists, the Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards. The categories for this competition are Metal, Wire, and Student.

Complete rules and guidelines are available here (for BeadDreams) and here (for the Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards).

Finalists will be displayed at the Bead&Button Show from Thursday, August 27, through Saturday, August 29, 2020. To learn more about the show, including updates about the Show’s 20thanniversary celebrations, visit www.BeadandButtonShow.com.

Keep checking back here at Bead Buzz as we announce details about sponsors, prizes, and other BeadDreams updates!

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