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5-Star Jewelry Supplies from Rio Grande

May 19, 2014
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When a customer leaves a review of any level – 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, or 5-star – on a product on our website, we know that it helps other customers make decisions on what to purchase, and we're grateful for their comments. In fact, our customers have taken the time to leave over 10,000 reviews in the past three years!  We want to let you know about just a few examples of our products that have earned 5-star reviews over time.

Bur-Life

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Rio Grande’s stick Bur-Life tool lubricant, creates a protective coating that works like ball bearings, helping your tools make smoother cuts. It extends the life of your saw blades, files, burs, and more. Our customers have left 20 reviews on this product, and the overwhelming majority of them have been 5-star. They’ve raved about Bur-Life, saying it "works like a hot knife through butter" and that this stick "lasts for ages." If you need something to extend the life of your tools at the bench and to make the cutting job at hand easier, we encourage you to try this product.

Neycraft Spincaster

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The Neycraft Spincaster is a centrifugal casting machine, one that is often used in Rio Grande classrooms to teach casting. It’s efficient and safe, with quality construction and performance. Its protection shield spins with the casting arm, so it catches any accidentally ejected metal, investment or other debris. It has a review that confirms that this product has passed the test of time! "I have been using this [Spincaster] for 25 years, and [it] still works like the first time." We love that! Find the Neycraft Spincaster on our website or give us a call at 1.800.545.6566 to see if it should be on your workbench for the next 25 years!

Fine Silver Casting Grain

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We’re very pleased to report that our Fine Silver Casting Grain has received nothing but 5-star reviews. Customers call this grain "beautiful"; so beautiful, in fact, that "my mum took all of the good pieces." Visit this product and read all three reviews. What’s more, if you search our website for "casting grain," every result will have an average 5-star review from our customers.

Clear Plastic Adapter

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And finally, we know you need quality display materials too, so here’s a product that our customers love! Our Clear Plastic Adapter makes displaying easy. Just attach it to the back of any jewelry card and, voila!, you have a hanging style card that's easy to display. Our customers share great ideas in their reviews, too; here’s one. "I put these on the back of my business cards to hang my earrings…"  Fantastic! Other reviewers said that they "work great" and "are easy to use and work so well." So, if you turn your business card into an earring card (how smart!), this is a perfect choice for you!

Have you left reviews yourself on our website? Do you have a favorite product that you’d like to tell us about? Take a minute to do it now…leave your thoughts about that product where your fellow jewelers can see and benefit from it! Here’s how: Log in to your account on www.riogrande.com, and then visit the product you would like to review. Go to the "reviews" tab, and click on the "Write a Review" tab. Leave your review there. It’s that easy! You’ll be sharing with fellow jewelers when they shop with Rio Grande, and they’ll be so glad you did (and so will Rio!). 

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