Halstead Jewelry Grant

Halstead Grant Retrospective

By Cathy Jakicic

For decades, as a supplier of jewelry supplies and tools, Halstead Bead Inc. has been involved in the business of art - but the company is also all about the art of business. Eight years ago, the company awarded the first Halstead Grant recognizing business savvy as well as artistic talent.

"We wanted to create a buzz with the grant, but we also wanted to give back," said Hilary Halstead Scott. "We decided to create a grant that would have a greater impact on fewer people and focus on one winner."

To be eligible, a designer must be a student or professional jeweler who has been in business for three years or less. Applicants must intend to pursue a full-time career in jewelry design by developing a branded line of jewelry for resale at a regional or national level.

If you apply for a Halstead Grant, you must work primarily in silver - and equally important - must be ready for a serious application process. Applicants submit not only their designs but also answer a detailed series of questions describing their business plan.

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2013: Sculpturings

The newest grant winner is Rebecca Rose of Davenport, Fla. Rose creates tiny sculptures meant to be worn as rings or displayed as art. Since receiving the grant, she has been asked to exhibit at the first International Art Jewellery Biennial at the Beijing Museum of Contemporary Art and her work has appeared in the September issue of British Vogue.

The Halstead Grant is an annual jewelry grant that began in 2006. If you are interested in applying please see our grant application, FAQ and grant information pages. Click here for hints & tips articles on starting a jewelry business. We also offer a list of links and small business resources for the industry. Click here for past Halstead Grant winners, finalists and press coverage. The award is sponsored by Halstead Bead, Inc a wholesaler of jewelry supplies since 1973.
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