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Rio Grande. A Berkshire Hathaway Company.
A Berkshire Hathaway Company.
May 2012

We’ll be announcing the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award winners this week at a gala dinner in Las Vegas. But while we wait, let’s take a look back at the beautiful work of two of our winners from 2011 – Andrea Williams and James Carter!

Our quest to find out what’s happening in YOUR studio continues! Last month we presented you all with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invited readers to submit a picture or two and a short description of what’s on their jeweler’s bench right now. Well, we’ve given this month’s winner a $10 credit, and June’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!

On The Studio today: We recently read that a diamond-grading lab reported getting over 600 synthetic diamonds without disclosure. You may or may not have heard something about this yourself but, either way, I urge you to read about it now. Diamonds are the life-blood for many jewelers, and any threat that the diamonds for sale in a store might be “fakes” could be a huge problem for everyone, be they a jeweler or a customer.

Continuing our countdown to the announcement of the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award winners, today The Studio presents last year’s 2nd prize winner in the Hollowware category: Sung-Yeoul Lee from Stillwater, Oklahoma. Come on over to get a glimpse of how this inspiring artist thinks!

Today, on The Studio, Mark Nelson teaches us how to make a chain mail bracelet using a variation of the Byzantine pattern, with a few colorful Swarovski beads thrown in to make it pop! Check it out!

What’s your favorite color? Recently, Lisa Juen blogged about her favorite shade of HOT PINK and her fantasy of one day owning a kiln in that perfect shade of pink. What followed was a twitter conversation with Rio and before we all knew it, a HOT PINK kiln was on special order for Lisa! We love when social media makes things happen around here! We also love it when we can accommodate unusual requests for valued customers. Join us on The Studio to read Lisa’s story!

We’re announcing the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award winners in less than four weeks—so let’s check in with some of last year’s winners and see what they have to say about their work! Here’s Janice Grzyb, winner of the Silver/Argentium category.

For today’s post on The Studio, we asked Monica Foster, a Rio findings buyer, to pick something really special that we could feature. Monica’s task was not an easy one! It’s tricky to choose just ONE exciting new item from her line of gold and base-metal findings, because there are so many! Her selection? The Bronze Magnetic Dexterity Clasp. Easy-to-use, secure, and great looking –check it out!

Dozens of talented jewelers and metalsmiths work here at Rio Grande and even though many of them would love to participate in the Saul Bell Design Award Competition, they are not eligible because they are associates of the company. The solution? Our very first ASSOCIATE Saul Bell Design Award Competition! In today’s post take a look at some of the outstanding winners of this inaugural, in-house design competition.

In a few short weeks, the winners of the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award Competition will be announced at a gala dinner during JCK in Las Vegas. We’re excited to celebrate all the talented winners of the competition, and to set the stage for the big event, we’d like to share a little history of the Saul Bell Design Award with you. Also, in today’s post, meet the winners of last year’s competition!

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