2019 Halstead Grant awards announced

Top winners are announced for the 14th annual event


Have you heard? The Halstead Grant winners were just announced! If you’re not familiar with the award, it’s an annual grant for emerging silver jewelry artists. Applicants submit answers to 15 business questions in addition to their design portfolios. The experience is designed to help jewelry entrepreneurs create a strategy to kick-start their careers. 


And the winner is…

Emma Hoekstra has won the 2019 Halstead Grant for new jewelry businesses. Congrats Emma! Her company, Emma Elizabeth Jewelry, is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but sells nationally. Emma receives a $7,500 cash grant, $1,000 in jewelry supplies, a trip to Prescott, Arizona, the cover and a feature spread in the grant publication Reveal, a feature profile and jewelry showcase in the 2020 Halstead catalog, press assistance, a detailed feedback report from the judging committee, and a signature trophy.


Emma graduated with a B.F.A. from Grand Valley State University in 2017. Her jewelry career began after the tragic loss of her boyfriend. Metalsmithing classes allowed Emma to channel her grief into creating her art. She studied abroad in Florence, Italy, where she began envisioning her jewelry collection. Emma is a member of SNAG and the American Craft Council. She was a Top 5 finalist in the 2018 Halstead Grant competition. 


Guest judge Liz Kantner says, “Emma's work is just what I've been looking for — she combines wearable and edgy in a flawless way. Her attention to detail and use of beautiful stones makes her collection something I've been coveting since exploring her work during the judging process. Not only is the design and craftsmanship beautiful, but her plan was thoughtful, realistic and showed growth from her previous application. Very impressed by her and am looking forward to following her, purchasing a piece and watching how her brand grows!” 

Emma’s collection features bold lines and angular organics. Her tagline “Confident–Edgy–Unique” says it all. Her pieces use simple geometric shapes in new ways and can easily go from the office to a night out. Most of her collection runs from $25–$600, though her one-of-a-kind pieces will vary depending on which hand-picked stones are used. She also creates commissioned bespoke jewelry for clients. Emma’s jewelry can be found on her website and at various festivals and events. 


But wait, there's more!

In addition, the Halstead Grant competition recognizes other strong entries as finalists. Results within each group are in no particular order. The Top 5 finalists are S. Howell Studios, Lot 28, Yote Jewelry and Samantha Slater Studio. The Top 10 finalists are Gillian Trask Design, Cassondra Justine, Leo Handcrafted Goods, Colleen Elizabeth Designs, and Christine Bates Jewelry. Top 5 finalists receive $500 and Top 10 finalists receive $250. 


The deadline is for the 2020 Halstead Grant is August 1, 2020. Download the application now for eligibility requirements and complete details.

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