Belle Brooke Designs Wins National Jewelry Award

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Today, Halstead Bead, Inc. announced the winner of its second annual national business grant competition for bridge jewelry designers: Belle Brooke Designs of Los Angeles, CA. Belle Brooke Barer, principal designer and visionary of the company, will receive $6,000 in cash and merchandise as part of the grant prize package. "I think that is going to be a big help for me in taking the next step and really expanding my business," said an exuberant Barer.

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Belle Brooke stood out in an extremely competitive field of applicants this year. Anyone can see the design talent she possesses when you look at her line. However, the judging committee also got to see a thorough business plan that revealed her solid strategic and analytical skills

Today, Halstead Bead, Inc. announced the winner of its second annual national business grant competition for bridge jewelry designers: Belle Brooke Designs of Los Angeles, CA.

Belle Brooke Barer, principal designer and entrepreneur, will receive $6,000 in cash and merchandise as part of the grant prize package. She intends to use these funds to invest in a fashion marketing campaign including both print and web materials. "I think that is going to be a big help for me in taking the next step and really expanding my business," said an exuberant Barer. Her work is already sold in stores around the country as well as through several online retailers.

Barer creates jewelry that is inspired by the natural symmetry inherent in the organic world. Her primary material is sterling silver, though she also designs some pieces in gold. The style is an artistic rendering of the concept of cells and their multitudinous manifestations. Her work is unmistakably original and features circular patterns compressed within shaped frames and offset by natural gemstones. You can see her current Metropolis and Night Sky collections at bellebrooke.net.

Barer began making jewelry as a teenager in her hometown of Houston, TX. Her passion for jewelry as an art form continued to grow over the years alongside her other creative endeavors such as photography and studio art. She moved to California for her advanced education and honed her talents at Pitzer College in Claremont, The Crucible in Berkeley and the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco. Eventually, she landed her first industry job as a bench jeweler for Studio 311 in Petaluma. After studying many techniques, Barer began to develop her own unique style and decided to launch her signature line and business in 2005. Belle Brooke Designs was born and has been steadily growing from its Los Angeles home base ever since.

"Belle Brooke stood out in an extremely competitive field of applicants this year. Anyone can see the design talent she possesses when you look at her line. However, the judging committee also got to see a thorough business plan that revealed her solid strategic and analytical skills," said Hilary Halstead Scott, Marketing Director at Halstead Bead, Inc. "This is clearly a young woman with a very bright future in the industry and we are proud to offer her this award."

The Halstead Bead Business Grant for Bridge Jewelry is an annual competition that draws designers from across the nation. Details on the award and all of this year's top 10 finalists can be found at halsteadbead.com/grant. The deadline for next year's competition will be in June 2008. Updated application materials will be available online this fall. Last year's winner was Ananda Khalsa Jewelry of Providence, RI.

Halstead Bead, Inc. is an importer and wholesale distributor of jewelry supplies to the trade.

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