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Rio Grande. A Berkshire Hathaway Company.
A Berkshire Hathaway Company.
November 2010
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Back in 1995 I became the precious materials product manager at Rio Grande. As a new manager, I began reading National Jeweler magazine, and one day, I came across an article about a new jewelry-making material from Japan, Precious Metal Plasticene. It was invented by Dr. Morikawa of Mitsubishi Materials Corp. By 1996, it had been renamed Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and Rio Grande began sales to the USA…

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We love that we get to play a role in the creative and productive process of so many jewelers, and we honor the contributions jewelers share with the world. On occasion, however, we learn about a customer who uses their creative skill in a particularly generous way. In the spirit of the season, I’d like to tell you two stories…

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A fringe benefit here at Rio is having the opportunity to attend product training. I was assigned to write video scripts for four of our products (Colores™ epoxy resin, Raindrop™ doming resin, and Durenamel), and I was lucky enough to learn about them under Bruce’s instruction…

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You need a dust collector for two reasons:

Health
Money
First off, even working outside, you can’t avoid breathing in airborne debris, some of which may be toxic. With the right collector and a well-maintained filter, you can see to it that your work environment is not a haz-mat zone…

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I often think about how many memories are tucked away in my jewelry box. Beyond the aesthetic appeal of each piece, my jewelry is more fun to wear because each has it’s own “story”. Adding to the pleasure my jewelry brings, is the extra special gratitude I feel when a piece brings a nice compliment from others…

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The idea of performing maintenance on a flex shaft sounds like an overwhelming task. Here are some instructions to provide guidelines about when, why, and how you can do routine maintenance on the Foredom flex shaft…

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Silver prices have recently topped $25 per troy ounce. It wasn’t so long ago that silver traditionally traded close to $6 per troy ounce. Like all free markets, the price of precious metals is based on supply and demand. And while the jewelry industry actually uses a small percentage of the worldwide silver demand, we feel the crunch of rising prices as hard as anyone…

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As you know, diamonds are sold by weight. I think we’ve all been trained to want a 1-carat diamond. But nature doesn’t care about our desires. Diamond crystals form independent of any market demand. The supply of diamonds tends to be plentiful for small stones, but extremely tight on really big diamonds. Nature is going to produce that exceptionally large crystal only once in a while.

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I began to realize the significance of Rio Grande in the jewelry world at an unexpected place. I was at an awards ceremony…

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Tim Sheriff of Swanstrom Tool really wowed the Tucson crowd last year with some Swarovski Crystal Reflection Earrings he made with the Swanstrom Link-Forming Plier and Disc Cutter Set. Here’s a brand new video showing how those earrings were made. This and many more videos are available on our YouTube channel.

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