The 23rd Street Renaissance Artists’ Market has provided an outlet for local artisans to share their wares since the 1970s. Everything sold within the open-air venue must be handmade, and the creators apply for a City of Austin license to prove it. . .
Archives for July 2011
Here at Rio, we’re all jewelry nerds. We follow jewelry websites and blogs written by jewelers. One trend we’ve noticed gaining popularity is drilling stone and glass as a way to add nature to jewelry designs. . .
Recently on The Studio, I chatted with Eleanore Macnish about her inspiration, evolution as an artist, and approach to glasswork and silversmithing. Today, Eleanore gives us a tour of her colorful studio and shares some stories about the growth and evolution of her business. . .
Are you just dipping your toe into the jewelry-making water and feeling overwhelmed by all the many tool choices you see in our catalog? Perhaps you’ve been at it for a little while, but you never seem to have the right tool for every job. In the following video, Mark Nelson gives an overview of the basic tools needed to set up your jeweler’s bench. . .
The Principles are Rio Grande’s common value system; the basis for our everyday behavior and decision-making. By using the Principles as our footing, we make the right decision far more consistently. . .
One of strengths of the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair is its variety. Mary Sharp Davis’ work is an example: she was awarded Best Semi-Precious Jewelry but her booth featured more than just jewelry. . .
Marcia Weaver of Walnut Creek, CA was one of two Ganoksin raffle winners this year and I recently contacted her to find out a little about Marcia–Ganoksin supporter and lucky winner!
Would you consider buying a 1 carat diamond without a certificate? Most folks wouldn’t. Consumers rely on the objectivity of a third-party gem lab to tell them the properties of the diamond they’re considering. So it is especially damaging to know that some diamond grading labs don’t do an ethical job when grading the diamonds. . .
Richard and Beth Elkin of Elkin Studio Jewelers were selected by the jury for the Rio Grande-sponsored Best Precious Jewelry Award for their exquisite work. . .
With the announcement of this year’s Saul Bell Design Award Competition winners a little over a month ago, the 2012 call for entries season has officially opened. . .
The Studio team is grateful for all of our readers, and we’re proud that there are thousands of you now! Because most of you found us in the past few months, today we’re taking a moment to go back to some of the highlights of the early days of this blog, and some of our favorite posts that you might have missed. . .
Some of you may not know that Rio Grande is only the distribution side of our company. There’s a whole other side of the building that houses other divisions that go by the names Neutec/USA and Sonic Mill. Whenever you see the Neutec/USA stamp, like the one on this machine, think of us at Rio Grande. Same building, same awesome people. . .