Stuller Is Looking for Jewelry Superstars for a Live Bench Battle

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. 

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