Every year since 2006, local public and private high school juniors and seniors are invited to enter their original jewelry creations in the ‘Jewelers of Birmingham Annual High School Scholarship Competition’. The competition is a great opportunity for young jewelry artists to make contact with working professionals within the industry, to gain recognition for their skill and hard work, and to win prize money! As well as the $500, $250, & $100 cash prizes, local jewelry suppliers and Birmingham vendors generously donate gift vouchers and other items as prizes for the event, so it really is a community effort.

The 2014 Scholarship Competition was opened up to the whole of Oakland County for the first time this year and nine schools participated with more expected to join in 2015. Competition was stiff, so the jury had their work cut out! First, Second and Third prize winners are chosen by an independent board of judges in the jewelry arts community.... and the winners are:

First Place: 'Sterling silver bezel ring' by Deanna Patch, Waterford Mott High School
Second Place: 'Clash' by Halie Conyers, Detroit County Day School
Third Place: 'Eye of the Tiger by Marianna Cassar, Bloomfield Hills High School

Honorable Mentions:
 - Starry Night by Victoria Ging, Waterford Mott High School
 - Take Flight by Emily Nghiem, Detroit County Day School
 - Opulence by Elbert Han, Detroit County Day School
 - Jack Be Nimble by Paget Kern, Detroit County Day School

After a couple of weeks of all the entries being on display in our member stores we have a People's Choice Award Winner who will get a 'Night on the Town' prize as well as other goodies supplied by our local sponsors!

People's Choice Award:

-Balaji Nelluri, with his piece "Bracelet with Ring", won with 417 votes

An awards ceremony and banquet will be held at The Community House in Birmingham where competition finalists, teachers, and guests will be invited and see their entries on display. Photos of the event to follow!

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