The 2018 Halstead Grant Competition Winners Announced

Each year, Halstead Jewelry Supplies hosts The Halstead Grant competition. Grant founder and Halstead President Hilary Halstead Scott shares: “The competition began in 2006 as a way to bring the business plan concept to the jewelry community, and encourage makers to establish clear goals and measurable steps toward self-sufficiency. The Halstead Grant application process guides participants through the elements of a complete strategy for entrepreneurship. Participants all receive general feedback from the competition jurors, with finalists receiving individual feedback reports specific to their entries.”

The winner also receives a $7,500 cash grant and $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 2019 Halstead catalog; press assistance; and a signature trophy.

The 2018 judging committee included Hilary Halstead Scott, founders Tom and Suzie Halstead, as well as Halstead’s Business Development Specialist, Kelli Vanyek Greene, and guest judge Michael David Sturlin. Sturlin, a respected goldsmith in his own right, is a regular contributor to industry publications and an esteemed master workshop instructor at jewelry studios around the world.

Top 10 Finalists:

    • Sarah Zentz Jewelry
    • TIN HAUS
    • Elana Jovero Jewelry
    • Lou Jewels
    • Alexandra Scarlett Jewelry

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      • Stacy Rodgers Jewelry
      • Emma Elizabeth Jewelry
      • Lemak, Inc.
      • VLM Jewelry

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And the Winner!

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2018 Halstead Grant Winner: Emily Shaffer Studio

The 13th annual Halstead Grant winner is Emily Shaffer Studio. Congratulations, Emily! Emily received her B.F.A. in Crafts – Fine Metal Jewelry and B.S. in Art Education from Kutztown University, where she was selected as a student exhibitor in the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Craft Show. She also received the J. Allen Pawling Craft Memorial Award, was named an American Craft Week 30 Under 30 Rising Star, and was a Top 5 finalist for the 2017 Halstead Grant last year.

Hilary offers, “Emily has a gift for getting all the pieces of business to work together. We were impressed with her sophisticated mix of marketing and strategy.”

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Layered Drop Bib Necklace by Emily Shaffer. Sturlin says, “This year’s winner, Emily Shaffer, has a very compelling and marketable body of work supported by a well thought out business strategy and a realistic approach that is sure to propel her forward. I am excited to see her make the next big steps in her continuing success story.”

Emily’s jewelry features clean, modern and minimal designs made from sterling silver and Argentium silver with a matte finish. Most of her Stacked, Line, and Layered Collections range in price from less than $100 to $400. Her jewelry is available for sale online at or at retail locations.

For all you need to know when applying next year, read Studio Notes: How to Win a Halstead Grant — and good luck!

Editor, Beadwork magazine and Group Editorial Director, Bead & Jewelry

Featured Image: Double Basket Necklace by Emily Shaffer. Images courtesy of Halstead Jewelry Supplies.

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