For the last 15 years, the Saul Bell Design Award competition has challenged jewelry makers and designers to create one-of-a-kind pieces that showcase their talents, make them reach for greater heights in creativity and push the boundaries of what is possible in jewelry design and metal work. This year, the competition has expanded its scope […]
If you own a jeweler’s hammer with a wood handle, the head will probably come loose at some point or another, whether you’re working with a top-of-the-line Fretz hammer or a basic beginner’s hammer. It can be frustrating to deal with an unsteady hammer head when your work calls for precision. Mark Nelson shares a […]
Gold-filled fabrication metals and findings allow you to design with the rich color of gold at a fraction of the cost of solid gold and offer a higher quality than is available from gold-plated pieces. Gold-filled materials are made by heat- and pressure-bonding a layer of karat gold to a brass (or other base metal) core. […]
Making jewelry is a craft of details. You wouldn’t be a jeweler if you didn’t take some pleasure in precision. Every angle must be right. Every joint clean. Every measurement exact. After all, it’s the details that take a piece from good to great. From average to award-winning. Luckily, jewelry is also a craft of inveterate tool makers who have […]
“Jewelry is permanent, and it’s so universal. How often in our lifetime do we have the chance to make something special that lasts forever?” ~ Alan Revere, Goldsmith Extracted from all parts of the planet and celebrated by humans since time immemorial, gold is the most precious and noble of earth’s metals. Humanity has been […]
If you search “file” on Rio’s website, you’ll get more than 200 product results, and each of those files has a specific function at a jeweler’s bench. When you’re relatively new to jewelry making, deciphering when to use a riffler file over a needle file or which cut # is best for the task at hand can be […]
What place does hand-rendering your designs have in a jeweler’s process? Can putting pencil to paper really benefit a jeweler in the digital age? Jewelry designer Rémy Rotenier believes that hand-drawn designs help jewelers and designers connect with clients, plot out new designs, and encourage sales in retail settings. He has taught the art of hand-rendering jewelry for years and now, thanks to his new two-course instructional DVD series, you can learn from him too!
Jayne Redman’s new class at Rio Grande’s 2015 Winter Workshop, held January 25–30, is Making Multiples: Blanking Dies and Pattern Development. During the class, Jayne will teach students the process of making and using a blanking die from start to finish, in the process teaching them how to save countless precious hours they would otherwise spend individually sawing components.
Go behind the scenes and hear the story of another 2014 Saul Bell Design Award winner. Merry-Lee Rae took first place in the Enamel category and I spent some time getting to know her recently. Take a look to learn more about what makes Merry-Lee tick, then get started on your own masterpiece for the 2016 Saul Bell Design Award competition!
Today we present the second in our series of four posts about fall 2014 jewelry trends. By contrast with classic pearls, which we featured as our inaugural trend, today’s post switches gears and explores the pearl’s counterpoint: an edgier, darker look that was just as popular on the fall runways. We’re calling it “Underworld,” and we think you’re going to like it.
Joe Silvera, of the Silvera Jewelry School, was here at Rio Grande in August to teach a class on soldering gold-and silver-filled metals for our Summer Workshop Series. Heather Apodaca joined Joe’s 2-day class and learned to make a simple ring project using faceted round wire. In today’s post, Heather shares step-by-step instructions for making this simple eye-catching ring!
Seasonal trends can be hard to nail down and staying on top of them is a daunting task for a jeweler busy at the bench. But, like it or not, trends will drive your customers’ behavior, and having your hammer on their pulse can translate directly into sales. Today, on The Studio, see four of the fall season’s biggest trends and bring them from the catwalk to your jewelry bench.