The cost of silver and gold is a significant consideration for any bench jeweler, and it makes more sense than ever nowadays to be careful with precious metal bits, pieces, filings, and saw dust. In today’s post, Eddie Bell shares the timeless tips his father taught him as a young boy, when silver was $1.59 an ounce and gold was $35 an ounce. Follow his tips and then let Rio help you convert your precious metal scrap to buying power.
If you’re new to rose gold, the frustration of trying to cast with stones in place can be maddening. The incompatible cooling requirements of this alloy compared with those of gemstones can lead to frustration for jewelers who are drawn to this otherwise appealing metal. Today Eddie Bell shares some insider tips that will help you understand the problem with rose gold and give you practical advice for solving the problem!
Knowing how to choose the correct hardness of sheet and wire metals for your jewelry techniques and designs helps you achieve the good-looking, long-lasting results you want. In today’s post, Eddie Bell and Mark Nelson share some of what they know about metal hardness. Take a look! It’s sure to enrich your experience at the bench!
In today’s follow-up post on Rio Grande’s silver supplies—Sustainability of Recycled vs. Mined Silver, Eddie Bell explores mining practices and shares a few examples of mining companies that are behaving in a responsible way.
Our customers ask us pretty regularly about the origin of our silver products and are interested in knowing how much of our silver material is recycled and how much comes directly from a mine. In today’s post, Eddie Bell shares his wisdom on the subject!
Would you like to learn more about gold casting options? Today, The Studio is featuring an Eddie’s Tips article that sheds light on the difference between using gold casting grain –already alloyed to the desired color and karat –and alloying fine gold and master alloy yourself for more flexibility and a lower inventory investment. Check it out!
Ever wonder why your order for however-many ounces of wire is always a little over or under what you ordered? The simple answer is: tolerances. Tolerances are developed to fit manufacturing capabilities and, while it is possible—even standard—to have tight (close) tolerances, a tolerance is, by definition, a variance between the intended and the actual.
Take a look at Eddie’s recipe for an excellent natural rubber mold (because “good” isn’t good enough).
Do you ever wish you had a the skills to drill deep holes, very straight? In this post, Eddie shares a great method he learned from expert machinist and fellow Rio associate, Jeff Zirwas. . .
I was 13 years old when my father first let me sit at his jewelers’ bench. I was so excited I can remember the moment like it was yesterday!
I was helping him bezel-set a diamond by tapping a punch as he guided it around the bezel. I asked him to teach me to set stones. To my surprise, he got up and sat me down to start learning the basics right then and there. As it turned out, it would be a long time before I set my first stone. . .