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Rio Grande. A Berkshire Hathaway Company.
A Berkshire Hathaway Company.
Inside Rio

Last week, Rio’s 2014 Summer Workshop Series had students and teachers from across the jewelry industry converging to share knowledge, learn something new, and have a little fun at the bench. We were surrounded by some of the best and brightest minds in the jewelry industry, and it made for an inspiring atmosphere. So we thought we’d give anyone who couldn’t make the trek to Albuquerque this summer a little window into the workshop—take a look!


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.


Non-profit organization, Jewelers for Children makes significant and lasting improvements to the lives of children throughout this country and around the world. Check out The Studio today to learn more and consider making a hassle-free, tax-deductible contribution, ensuring children get the critical support they need. Every dollar makes a difference and, together, our contributions make a positive, substantive and lasting difference in children’s lives.


Sometimes folks hear about Rio’s culture and assume that it’s some kind of commune where we all wear necklaces of dandelions and clover. The fact is the Bell family made the decision long ago to move Rio Grande into participative management because they felt that informed, empowered, and caring associates would create the best solutions, provide the best service, and have the most fun. Read on to find out more. . .


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.


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.


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!


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.


Our Rio Superstars posts usually focus on the many talented jewelers who work on our technical support team. This week, we thought we would visit a different part of Rio and introduce you to just a few of the superstars from our customer service teams. First-rate customer service is one of the things we pride ourselves on here at Rio, so we are thrilled to introduce you to the people who make it all happen.


The Saul Bell Design Award Gala celebration will happen right here in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico, in May of 2014. And the timing is excellent! The celebration will take place in conjunction with one of the most prestigious and mind-expanding events in our industry—The Santa Fe Symposium!

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