Is your store ready to rumble?
Stuller’s annual Bench Jewelry Workshop is always lively—but this year it might get downright rowdy. The Lafayette, La.–based manufacturer is looking for a few good bench jewelers interested in testing their mettle (and metals!) in a live, three-day bench battle to take place at the event April 1–3, 2016.
The first-ever Stuller Battle of the Benches will be a live competition that showcases four bench jewelers selected from a pool of candidates (enter your bench superstar here). The company will foot the travel bill (up to $500) and the registration and hotel costs for all four contestants.
Day one of the competition is all about design—and will see the jewelers design, model, and render a project in CAD. The winner will receive a CAD/CAM credit of $250. The second day of the battle will feature a Parts and Pieces Challenge. While jewelers’ CAD designs are being cast and printed, they will create a custom piece on the spot, using a mix of materials at hand. The victor will nab a $250 Stuller gift certificate. On the third and final day of the competition, jewelers will prep, polish, assemble, and set a final cast piece; the winner will receive a $250 Stuller gift certificate. Then judges will pick an overall winner, who will receive a trophy, a $500 credit to Stuller, and his or her piece produced and finished by Stuller. Not to mention major bragging rights.
“We’ve taken this year’s event to a new level…we’re adding some friendly competition to the mix,” said Tammy Kidder, Stuller’s vice president of merchandising, in a statement. “It’s a real-time design contest that will be held on the workshop floor.”
The Bench Workshop will also include scads of hands-on demonstrations and educational seminars, per usual. Topics scheduled for demos or seminars include the diamond market, visual merchandising, jewelry photography, platinum, and polishing and plating.