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Happy First Day of Spring! Fresh and Colorful Jewelry Packaging

Mar 20, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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If you could create your own holiday, what would it be? Mine would be fourfold: What if we ushered in every season as we do the New Year? We could call it New Season Day. The New Year is great for lofty resolutions. What if we made proposals specific to the season? For instance, my winter proposals would have been:

  • Don’t get sick.
  • Cook more.
  • Take more vitamin D.
  • Write more.

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Last weekend, my daughter had an unusual homework assignment: Go outside and search for signs of spring. She and I took a simple walk around the block, and she managed to list about 20 different signs of spring, most of which may have gone unnoticed if we weren’t on a critical mission. This activity was an eye opener (literally and figuratively) for us.

The lesson I took away from her assignment was to get away from the Internet, the indoors, the television, and just to be. Be observant. Be whimsical. And just be in the moment. Spring is a time to explore, shop, walk, renew, and reflect.

So let’s spring into the new season—for today is the first day of spring!

A great way to step into spring is with fresh outdoor-inspired packaging.

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Celebrate spring with "Botanica Collection" shopping totes!

My favorite totes and tissue are the fun "Botanica," "Shopping" and "Zinnia" collection totestissue, and merchandise bags.

Looking for spring-inspired packaging ideas? Rio Grande's website offers lots of display and packaging tips including this "Spring Breeze" idea. Click the image for details.

This Spring Breeze packaging tip is inspired by the signs of spring e.g., new grass, sky, and shade.

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Fresh and friendly patterns are flaunted on earth-friendly plastic. These biodegradable merchandise bags are lightweight, colorful, and are made with oxo-biodegradable plastic.

What I like even more about these spring-inspired totes is that they coordinate perfectly with this season’s 2014 Pantone color report.

So get outside. Get some sun. Plant a tree. Take your bench outside and make more jewelry! We would like to challenge you to dream up a few or several ambitious proposals for this spring season. What would you like to accomplish? What inspires you right now? First on my list this spring is to tone down my allergies with some local honey. What about you?

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What’s New? Jewelry News on Rio Grande’s Twitter Page

Mar 17, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Did you know that every day of the week, Rio Grande’s Twitter page is abuzz with jewelry industry news and Rio Grande updates? Your life is busy, so we want to make it simple for you to find interesting and relevant information in ONE place. Our Twitter feed delivers up-to-date news on the jewelry world and on the hottest Rio Grande products.

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Santa Fe Symposium: Not Just for Manufacturers

Mar 11, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Even though Santa Fe Symposium started as a forum for manufacturers—and still benefits them in a crucial way—it also attracts a wide variety of people whose lives have been positively altered by their penchant for making jewelry. From the emerging artist to the manufacturing guru, this event is well known among jewelers as the powerhouse of jewelry innovation. Learn more about what’s happening at this year’s event, and then register to join us!

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Saul Bell Design Award Competition: Behind-the-Scenes at the 2014 Final-Round Judging!

Mar 5, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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Just a few days ago, a group of five esteemed judges gathered to share their expertise, scrutinize, and score the 35 finalist pieces of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition. Take a look behind-the-scenes as we inch closer to the gala awards event, here in Albuquerque this May, which will honor the extraordinary winners of this international celebration of the best in jewelry design.

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Have You Heard? WHITE COPPRclay is Here!

Mar 3, 2014
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Yvonne M. Padilla
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Have you heard? WHITE COPPRclay™ is here and it’s bringing a mind-blowing new dimensions to designing with base metal clay! Check out our latest post, by clay artist Yvonne M. Padilla, and get the low-down from an expert on this incredible new medium…

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Business Savvy: Ten Steps to Facebook Success for Jewelers

Feb 27, 2014
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Nina Cooper
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Social media holds many opportunities for promoting your jewelry business, but where do you begin? One effective—and manageable—place to start is to create a business page on Facebook. Millions of people post, like, share, make buying decisions, and see your images and posts on Facebook. Here’s how to gather your own fan base on Facebook, from start to finish.

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Ashli’s Tumbler Series: Top-of-the-Line Jewelry Tumble-Finishing with Avalon

Feb 24, 2014
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In this fourth installment of Ashli’s Tumbler Series, she introduces us to Avalon Centrifugal tumblers. Avalon tumblers are easy to operate and provide a remarkably quick and consistent jewelry finish. They also eliminate media impingement (surface deformation or dimpling) that can be caused by certain media in other finishers. Check out this and ALL of Ashli’s tumbler posts to find the right tumbler for your needs!

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Business Know-How with Marlene Richey: Doing a Jewelry Trade Show—It’s Show Time!

Feb 20, 2014
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Marlene Richey
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In Marlene Richey’s first two posts on “Doing a Show,” she helped you apply, be accepted to, and prepare for your first jewelry trade show. In today’s post, she shares the nitty gritty on what you can expect at the show Itself—it’s show time!. Marlene has the experience and wisdom to break it down for you! Grab a notebook and get ready to take some notes and then knock some socks off at your first (or your next) big show!

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Five Reasons to Attend Santa Fe Symposium

Feb 17, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Every year in May—this year May 18-21—the greatest minds of the jewelry industry convene in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Experts from around the world present their research, attendees listen intently, and everyone absorbs more priceless knowledge in just a few days than a desert soaks up in a hard rainfall. This yearly gathering of experts to discuss opportunities in the industry is the Santa Fe Symposium. Here are five reasons you should come!

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Rio Grande’s Secure Jewelry Displays: Protect your Investment!

Feb 14, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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We know it happens. You make beautiful jewelry, and lots of people want it. But not everyone wants to pay for it, so you have to protect it. Fortunately, theft is preventable and Rio Grande carries a number of displays that lock down your treasures in one way or another.

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