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Packaging Tips: Five Practical and Creative Ideas to Wrap Your Jewelry Beautifully!

Jul 17, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Packaging is a big deal­. Your customers are busy; their hearts smile when their gift is professionally wrapped upon purchase and ready to hand over with a relaxed demeanor. If you have a packaging plan and plenty of supplies on hand, you'll easily maintain an orderly packaging operation for your jewelry. Here are some creative and practical ideas that'll leave a lasting impression.

1. Find Inspiration

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The Woodland Hide-Away Packaging 'n' Display Tip from Rio's website would be a lovely way to wrap a gift for a lover of the outdoors!

When you buy jewelry, it's usually either a gift for someone special or a gift for yourself. Either way, it is special and should be presented as such. It's nice to add a personal touch to the packaging. For instance, if your customer is purchasing a necklace for a special someone, you can ask them about the recipient’s tastes—their favorite pattern, color, or theme—and dress the package up accordingly.

2. Play Dress-Up

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Left to right: Love and Sentiments III Packaging 'n' Display Idea; A bold black box insert lends drama to your presentation!

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A sampling of some of the new tissue patterns available at Rio!

Create visual interest by playing with patterned tissue and solid-color totes. Try mixing prints or pairing neutral and vivid colors together. Rather than using the typical white insert with a neutral box, a bold black insert really makes a silver necklace POP, particularly in a Kraft box. You can also buy inserts separately, so they can be switched out with other styles of boxes.

3. Personalize It

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Customers are more likely to choose brands they are familiar with­­—and the best way to accomplish familiarity is to have a clearly identifiable logo.
Hot-foil stamping is a great way to reinforce your brand. Getting your gift boxes personalized is easier now than ever before with online ordering available at riogrande.com. Keeping your logo, colors and schemes consistent, with a little play, will help people recognize your brand and be drawn to your brand's personality.

4. Organize Your Packaging Supplies

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Becca Feeken of the blog Amazing Paper Grace keeps her ribbons organized by color.

Do you have a system for wrapping up your sales? Just like you would organize your bedroom closet so you can easily mix and match and accessorize, you’ll want to do the same for your packaging supplies. Try organizing boxes, totes, and pouches by size, theme and color. Keep gift box inserts near their matching boxes. Organize your boxes so that you can see what you have and always find what you need.

5. Round Out Your Inventory

Have a steady supply of packaging supplies on hand for any time of the year. If your supplies are organized, you’ll always know when it's time to re-order your most popular packaging items.

If you have any organization tips, please do tell! We’d love to hear your packaging inspirations and and how you keep all those packaging materials right where you need them!

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Rolling Mill Know-How Part Two: Tips on Use, Care, and Maintenance

Jul 14, 2014
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Today, on The Studio, Ashli Brooke Taylor shares her follow up to “Rolling Mill Know-How, Part One”. This post provides some great rolling mill tips; from unpacking your mill to regular care that will keep your rolling mill performing its best for years to come to diving in and using it for a million different jewelry-making tasks! Plus, watch a great video from Ronda Coryell about a clever way to give your rolling mill a regular polish!

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Tool Maintenance: Touch Up Your Swanstrom Super-Flush Cutters and Sharpen Your Cutter Punches

Jul 10, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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The best way to keep your tools in excellent working condition is to perform periodic maintenance. Although this is common sense, it is often the most neglected task. Today, on The Studio, Tim Sheriff of Swanstrom Tools shares great tips for maintaining cutting edges on both your Swanstrom Disc Cutter and your Swanstrom Super-Flush Cutters. This is a must see for maintenance of some of your favorite tools!

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Seamless Summer Rings with the Bonny Doon Split-Die Ring-Forming Kit!

Jul 3, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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It’s hot outside!! In these temperatures, chunky necklaces and bracelets are shed in favor of simpler choices—like lightweight, easy-to-wear rings! Use the Bonny Doon Split-Die Ring-Forming Kit to create perfect, summertime rings, every time. Today, on The Studio, Phil Poirier demonstrates this ingenious tool—watch and then dream up your own line of summertime rings!

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Hammers Demystified: A Tour of Jewelry-Making Hammers and Their Many Uses

Jun 30, 2014
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Yvonne M. Padilla
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Forming, riveting, raising, chasing, goldsmith’s, texturing—so many hammers for jewelers to use (the list goes on and on)! Here at Rio, we L-O-V-E hammers. We love them so much that we stock well over 100 hammers and hammer kits. With such a wide range of choices, how do you know which hammer or mallet to use? Today’s post on The Studio will take some of the mystery out of hammers and show you the exciting array of hammer resources available on Rio Grande’s website!

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Rolling Mill Know-How Part One: Choose the Right One for You!

Jun 25, 2014
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The rolling mill will prove to be a “must-have” tool in any shop…and choosing the right mill for your needs is essential. In today’s post on The Studio, Rio Grande tech team member and creator of wicked-cool jewelry designs Ashli Brooke Taylor shares some great information about how to go about choosing the mill that’s right for you!

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Business Know-How with Marlene Richey: Merchandising Your Jewelry Designs

Jun 23, 2014
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Today, on The Studio, Marlene Richey gives great, concrete advice on how you can merchandise your jewelry designs. Merchandising is the art of creating a common theme in your collection and capitalizing on that theme to encourage customer loyalty and sales. Merchandise your work beautifully and it will be easy to understand and identify. It will tell YOUR story!

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All the Riser’s a Stage—Using Interior Design Rules to Sell Your Jewelry

Jun 19, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Display risers provide a simple and elegant way to stagger the heights of your display, add dimension, and use the interior design “rule of three” by creating odd groupings. Risers also allow a wide variety of configurations you can customize to best display your jewelry pieces. Check out The Studio today for more riser inspiration!

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Impressions™ Hot Foil Stamp Personalization: Online Ordering Goes Live!

Jun 16, 2014
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Viqui Sanchez
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Have you heard? You can now order your Rio Grande Impressions™ hot foil stamping services online when you order your boxes, totes, pouches, and more! The process is fast, simple, and so convenient—you’re going to love saving time and effort with this new service. Find out more in today’s post on The Studio.

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Argentium Silver: Hear the Story Direct from Inventor Peter Johns

Jun 9, 2014
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Viqui Sanchez
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Dig into the history of Argentium Silver by listening to this fascinating podcast from Middlesex University in England where inventor Peter Johns taught, researched and worked with metal alloys. Get the story behind the miracle metal in today’s post on The Studio!

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