Fourth Grader in Newport Wins Jewelry Contest 

This Mother’s Day is going to be extra special for a 4th Grader from Newport Elementary School.She had planned to give her mom a candle, instead she’ll be giving her a gold and tourmaline necklace that she designed herself. That’s because Hannah Bickford won a design contest sponsored by a local jewelry store.”I didn’t think that I was gonna win because, oh my word, there’s a lot of kids in the contest.”More than 400 kids in fact entered the jewelry design contest sponsored by Yankee Goldsmiths in Newport.It’s the 5th year they’ve sponsored the contest, asking students from five area schools to design a piece of jewelry for their mothers. The winning design would be created into a real piece of jewelry for their mom.”I just thought it would be really appropriate and special to be on Mother’s Day.”There were a lot of ideas, that included everything from hearts, to unicorns, to dogs to flowers.Hannah’s idea: “All I did was a watermelon. I didn’t think that was gonna win, a watermelon.”But Rusty Bickford, jeweler at Yankee Goldsmiths thought it was great. It took him more than 10 hours to craft the gold and watermelon tourmaline design. He estimates it would retail for more than $500.”You could just see the finished product right away and it was a style that we liked.”Hannah thinks her mom will like it too, because her mom loves summer, and loves to eat watermelon.So Hannah’s pretty good at the design part, but not so great at keeping secrets.”I came home and screamed kind of and I wasn’t supposed to tell my mom but I did because I was getting put to the questions.”There’s no question that Hannah is happy she won this contest so that she can give her mom such a special gift this mother’s day, because she says she has one special mom.”She’s just the best mom in the world, you couldn’t get a better one than her. She just is. I don’t know how to explain it, she’s just one in a million, she’s the best.”Hannah will get to pick up the necklace on Saturday along with her mom. Twenty kids who received honorable mentions will get a sterling silver charm for their moms.