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Annie Koenig’s Saul Bell Design Journey Chapter Three: Walking Through the Challenges of Surrender

Jul 23, 2014
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Annie (also known as Andrea) Koenig won second place in the gold/platinum category in the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition. She documented her artistic journey, from the first spark of the idea to enter the contest, through completing the piece and attending the awards dinner, on her website. This is the third in a four-chapter series. Read about Annie's design process in chapter one, and about how Annie became a finalist in chapter two. Then check back soon for the final chapter in Annie's journey! 

Follow each of the following image links to Annie's blog and watch her bring the finished piece to life. You'll read about how there were infinite tiny problems, unforeseen obstacles, moments of doubt, and occasions of sheer exhilaration.

"I have worked for five months, no six months, on this piece from inception…and now it is getting life breathed into it," she wrote in her journal during this phase. "After seeing it on the computer and in my mind for so long, I get to see that actual necklace."

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Annie Koenig’s Saul Bell Design Journey Chapter Two: Surrender is a Finalist!

Jul 16, 2014
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Annie (also known as Andrea) Koenig won second place in the gold/platinum category of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition. She documented her artistic journey, from the first spark of the idea to enter the contest, through completing the piece and attending the awards dinner, on her website. Today, on The Studio, we share the second in a four-chapter series. Check back in the coming weeks to see more of Annie’s journey!

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Annie Koenig’s Saul Bell Design Journey Chapter One: The Design

Jul 9, 2014
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Annie (also known as Andrea) Koenig won second place in the gold/platinum category of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition. She documented her artistic journey, from the first spark of the idea to enter the contest, through completing the piece and attending the awards dinner, on her website. Today, on The Studio, see the first in a four-chapter series. Check back in the coming weeks to see more of Annie’s journey!

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Rio Superstar: Jeff Zirwas, Maestro of the Machines

Jun 26, 2014
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One of the things Rio is most proud of is the depth of the product lines we offer to jewelers like you. This depth is due largely to our in-house manufacturing teams; so, this week on The Studio, you’ll meet Jeff Zirwas, a “Rio Superstar” and an indispensible member of the team. You’ll hear about how Jeff and all the creative problem-solvers in manufacturing create the products and tools you love.

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May is Gold Month Contest Winner: Congratulations Kelly Noonan of 5 Oaks Studio!

Jun 5, 2014
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Throughout May we celebrated “May is Gold Month” with a special edition of our What Are You Working on Now? contest! The weather is warming up and gold is HOT, so we were thrilled to see 15 outstanding gold contest entries! Kelly Noonan of 5 Oaks Studio won the contest, a $100 Rio Grande gift certificate, and a moment in The Studio spotlight!

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2014 Saul Bell Design Award Competition Gala Awards Dinner: A Celebration to Remember!

May 22, 2014
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This year, for the first time, the Saul Bell Design Award Competition gala dinner was celebrated in conjunction with the Annual Santa Fe Symposium®. Jewelry designers from all over the world, recognized for their craftsmanship and boundary-breaking design rubbed elbows with industry experts who are at the vanguard of innovation in jewelry manufacturing and technology. The meeting of these two sides of the jewelry-making mind made for a great night!

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Heat Wave: Yellow Gold Trends and a WWoN Contest!

May 1, 2014
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This month we’re celebrating “May is Gold Month” with a special edition of our What Are You Working on Now? contest! Just as the weather is warming up, gold is HOT, and we’re eager to see what gold pieces you’ve been working on! Enter the May is Gold Month WWoN? contest for a chance to win a $100 Rio Grande gift certificate and a moment in the blog spotlight!

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The Color Clash—Purple and Orange: They’re Better Together

Apr 28, 2014
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Purple and orange. They’re bold. They’re daring. They’re two colors you might think clash, but don’t make enemies of them quite yet. With the color-blocking craze going on everywhere and both hues playing a starring role in recent trends reports, these former bold-faced rivals are quickly becoming the best of friends. Check out The Studio today for purple and orange inspiration!

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Learn with Rio Grande: Basic Tools and Supplies to Begin Cloisonné

Apr 21, 2014
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Silver, gold, bronze. These are the typical colors in the jeweler’s palette. But what if you could incorporate eye-popping color into your pieces with just a few simple steps? Cloisonné enameling gives you the power to play with color in any piece you make. And it’s easy to get started. Check out The Studio today for a helpful list of cloisonné tools and supplies!

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Game of Shells: Abalone Crowned 2014’s Top Trend

Apr 16, 2014
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Abalone shell has been named the top jewelry trend for 2014 by JCK’s Jennifer Heebner. The shell’s swirling rainbow of colors gives designers a pop of eye-catching blues, greens, and purples to work with and a piece of abalone wrapped in silver (or gold or base metal) is simply stunning. Check out The Studio today for some great abalone inspiration, take a poll to share your experiences with this iridescent beauty, and see the poll results to find out what your fellow jewelers think of abalone!

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