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!
Archives for May 2012
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.
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!
Jewelers have been soldering on charcoal blocks as a refectory material for centuries. Although it’s not the only type of soldering block on Mark Nelson’s bench, they have several benefits. In today’s post, Mark covers many of the benefits and drawbacks of this simple, useful tool and shares some tips about how to get the most from your charcoal block!
On a recent silly day, I was chatting with fellow blog contributor Spencer Baum, and Spencer said that he “would totally wear” a belt buckle made out of a Nintendo game controller. Without even thinking about it, I piped up and said “Hey! I’ll make one for you!” The conversation got sillier and the ideas got bigger. And before I knew it, I had volunteered to make not one, but TWO belt buckles – one for Spencer and one for his son, Rowan. Come over to The Studio and check them out!