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Attention silversmiths: Amazing grant opportunity

Entrepreneurs, small jewelry businesses, and up and coming jewelry artists: seize the opportunity to make a name for yourself!
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This year's Halstead Grant committee is looking for up-and-comers in the jewelry community! An annual competition for jewelry makers, now in its 13th year, the Halstead Grant is sponsored by Halstead Bead. They have an admirable mission: to help small jewelry businesses succeed. 

This year's call for submissions is for emerging jewelry artists working in silver. Other than their work in silver, jewelry applicants must satisfy a number of other requirements in order to be eligible. These include: 

  • Must be US citizens who started their businesses within the last three years.
  • Should have a pre-existing jewelry collection with significant use of silver ready to present to the market. 

The grant experience is a business development exercise to help jewelry start-ups establish clear goals for the early years of their studios. 

Grant application

In addition to providing high-resolution photographs of the jewelry itself for consideration (as well as a portfolio), candidates must answer a series of essay questions that outline a business plan. 

Halstead President Hilary Halstead Scott explains the reasoning for such an intensive grant application: “We break it down to make strategic planning less intimidating. However, it is still intended to challenge applicants. Searching for resources and persevering are critical skills for entrepreneurs.”

A former finalist said that filling out the grant application was an extremely fulfilling and rewarding experience in setting up the early stages of her business development.

The below are just a sample of some of the kinds of questions that the grant application asks. 

  • What is your pricing strategy?
  • What is your current production capacity?
  • What are the signature elements of your collection?

All of the above needs to be completed by August 1, 2018.

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2018 Guest Juror

The grant competition is judged each year by a committee of Halstead leaders and a guest juror from the jewelry community.

This year's guest juror is Michael David Sturlin, who boasts a four-decade career encompassing experiences as a studio jewelry artist, educator, writer, consultant, and award-winning goldsmith.

He has also published articles and serial columns in a number of reputable trade publications.


The grand prize winner receives a $7,500 cash grant as well as $1,000 in jewelry supplies, a feedback report from the judging committee, a trip to Halstead headquarters in Arizona, and recognition in the field.


The top 10 finalists are all recognized with signature trophies, smaller cash prizes and individual feedback reports. 


Interested in submitting? Visit the entry page to download the application and get the ball rolling!

In the meantime, take a look at the 2017 Halstead Grant finalists below.

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