We know it happens. You make beautiful jewelry, and lots of people want it. But not everyone wants to pay for it, so you have to protect it.
In 2013, three major jewelry heists hit Cannes, France, site of the famed film festival. The most staggering one—and the most expensive in history—totaled $136M. It involved a gun, a briefcase, and a holdup, all at the Carlton Hotel, which happens to be a featured site in Hitchcock’s film To Catch a Thief. That film, ironically, is about a retired jewelry thief.
But theft is preventable. The largest heist that almost happened was The Millennium Dome Raid. It was attempted in southeast London in 2000. Scotland Yard suspected a gang had their eye on upwards of $500M in jewelry and gems on display at the Millennium Dome, including coveted blue diamonds and the 203-carat Millennium Star, considered to be the most perfect diamond in the world. The police replaced the gemstones with fakes and pounced on the thieves as they were literally inches away from their treasure. It was the biggest operation in the history of the police squad and would have been the largest heist, jewelry or otherwise, in history.
We at Rio Grande would prefer that you never have to deal with theft, so we carry a number of displays that lock down in one way or another. We suggest the Acrylic Lockable Lighted Showcase. With two key locks securing an acrylic cover, it is a secured display. At just under 15” cubed, it easily fits on a countertop or display stand. The lighting itself is almost reason enough to purchase this showcase. It accentuates your pieces, and its black base provides an elegant backdrop for your fine work.
Another option to increase your peace of mind is the Secure Rings Display System. This Rio product keeps each ring safe with a security cord, while allowing your customers to easily examine and try on your rings. Depending on your needs, you may choose the full-size tray with 72 ring slots, or a half-size for 36 rings.
This system does not include the tray it sits in, or the Velour-Flocked Insert that goes on top of it. You can choose from various sizes and depths for the tray, and various sizes and colors for your insert. But, once you have all three parts, this will become your easy-travelling, secure companion to tradeshows or a great addition to your jewelry store counters. And don’t miss it's many reviews: it’s been called a "life-saver," "innovative," and more!
If you have questions about our products and how they can help to protect and secure your jewelry, drop us a line! We’ll continue to bring you product updates so you can choose what’s best for you, whether you travel with your jewelry or have a boutique or jewelry store. Questions and comments are welcome here at The Studio.
Here at Rio, we all strive to do business in ways that honor our customers, community, environment, and one another. Saul Bell founded the company back in 1944 as a small family-run business and, though it has grown to have more than 300 employees and is now a proud member of the Berkshire-Hathaway family of companies, the company is still run by members of the Bell family, and it still feels like a family affair. Recently, we were surprised and elated to be recognized by The Samaritan Counseling Center as a recipient of one of its 15th Annual New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards. The award is based on “high standards and exemplary practices,” something Rio Grande strives for every day of the year....Read the Rest
Today Amy visited several of the bustling classrooms here at Rio Grande’s Winter Workshop. Some participants were quiet and intensely focused on trying new techniques. Others worked in a happy cacophony of clanging and then paused to examine their progress. Rio Grande is wonderful place to be this week—learning and discovery is all around us! Maybe today’s photo tour will get you planning your trip to the Land of Enchantment for next year’s Winter Workshop....Read the Rest
Rio Grande Winter Workshop 2014 is underway and we are having so much fun with our guests from around the globe! Today Amy chatted with participant Dana Schneider, a jewelry designer whose name is on the minds of every costume designer in the L.A. film scene. Dana’s creations can be seen in multiple films, on television, and are worn by some of the most famous performers in Hollywood and beyond. Take a look and be inspired by Dana’s fun story, then come back all week as we bring you other highlights from Winter Workshop 2014!...Read the Rest
Rio Grande’s annual Winter Workshop starts this Sunday, and we are busy setting up benches, cameras for close-ups of instructors’ work, Foredom® flex shafts, anvils, 3DESIGN® software–you name it! Follow our excitement this week as we bring you highlights of this GREAT event where participants hone their skills with some of the very best teachers in the industry, mingle and crowd around workbenches in the demonstration area, exchange jewelry-making experiences and tips, bond with each other over wonderful meals, and get a behind-the-scenes look at Rio’s facilities....Read the Rest
Valentine’s Day is just a month away. Do you need some quick but elegant solutions to please your customers? We’ll make it easy by sharing some favorite romantic selections from our heart-themed jewelry products. Get ready to swoon!...Read the Rest
Today on our YouTube channel, Rio Grande posted a new instructional jewelry making video all about Jett Sett Fixturing Compound. Need an easy-to-use, flexible ring clamp, or need to hold a pavé setting in place? Jett Sett can do that. Want to make a custom handle for your tools? Jett Sett can conform to the shape of your hand to ease and improve your grip. How about a texturing tool for metal clay? Jett Sett can do that too. In fact, Jett Sett is a versatile tool that can be used in countless creative ways at your jeweler’s bench. And even better, it’s reusable!...Read the Rest
Officially, the Year of the Horse doesn’t begin until the traditional Chinese New Year, on January 31, but that hasn’t stopped jewelry fashion before. During this week’s contest on Rio Grande’s Facebook fan page, we called for horse-related jewelry, and the entries reflect a universal appeal that never goes out of style. Here’s a peek at four wonderful jewelry artists, plus an honorable mention, and their Year of the Horse entries on Facebook that landed them a spot in today’s blog post....Read the Rest
Want to start your own jewelry business but not sure where to start? Have you been running a jewelry business for years, but you could use some skill-sharpening and some fresh ideas to help your business grow? Gain beginning skills and jewelry business knowledge in the Rio Grande Winter Workshop, Smart Tools To Help You Grow Your Business. Read on to learn about the instructors, then register!...Read the Rest
One week ago today, we posted a story about the Bell family, master metalsmith Shane R. Hendren, rare and beautiful Stormy Mountain turquoise, and the Montezuma Ball auction. As promised, today we’re here to bring you an image of the gorgeous Shane R. Hendren necklace and earring ensemble that was sold by auction at the Ball, as well as the video interview with Shane. Read this exciting story and you’ll know why we’re counting our blessings! Happy Thanksgiving wishes to all our friends!...Read the Rest