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Master Your Stone-Setting Techniques with TrendSetter Wheels

Jun 4, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Have you ever wished you had a way to quickly and affordably set stones over and over again in order to master a specific stone-setting skill? The skills and craftsmanship of jewelry making requires this type of learning by repeatedly doing.

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TrendSetter Wheel for prong setting

Blaine Lewis, founder and president of the New Approach School for Jewelers, understands this. He spends his days teaching advanced stone setting among other essential skills for jewelers. In response to the need for repetition, Blaine invented TrendSetter Wheels to help students master popular stone-setting techniques.

Below is a video of Blaine demonstrating his innovative TrendSetter Wheels. These ingenious wheels are available at Rio Grande in multiple versions—wheels for practicing channel, bead, bezel, prong, pavé, and flush setting in different shapes, as well. Each wheel comes with CZs for practicing. And if you buy them before our Great Big Tools & Equipment Sale ends, you’ll get a bargain on them too!

Stone setting is hard work. To succeed, it takes precision and patience. My first jewelry-making class was a basic stone stone-setting class. I found it to be therapeutic because it forced me to slow down and focus. For more on patience and precision, check out this video we posted on The Studio a couple weeks ago, also featuring Blaine Lewis: Precision Bur Control While Setting Gemstones.

With precision, patience, and plenty of practice, you’ll be able to stone-set with your eyes closed. Well, that might be a slight exaggeration—but hey—I think maybe I'm onto something for our next contest...

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Classic Cuffs: Hot Links Men (and Women) Love this Summer!

Jun 2, 2014
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Viqui Sanchez
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It’s a big time of year for the fellas out there. Weddings. Graduations. Father’s Day. The time to stock up your Jewelry for the Gents is now…and Rio can help with great products, ideas, and projects! Find out more in today’s post at The Studio!

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Do You Have Your Seat at the Bench? Some Workshop Seats Still Available!

May 29, 2014
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Viqui Sanchez
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A few Rio Summer Workshop classes still have seats available—it’s an unbeatable way to spend some summer time this year. Learn new skills, network with like-minded lovers of designing, making, and selling jewelry. Get to know your partners at Rio Grande while you’re here learning from the experts. Find out more about which classes and who’s teaching in today’s post at The Studio!

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Rio Grande’s New TurnAbout™ Metal Displays Offer More than Meets the Eye

May 28, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Rio’s new TurnAbout™ Wire and Block Displays offer durability, versatility, and a pleasing-to-the-eye design. Check out The Studio today, to see how they can showcase your work!

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Video How-To with Ronda Coryell: Soldering and Working with Argentium Silver

May 26, 2014
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Yvonne M. Padilla
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Today, world-renowned jewelry designer and instructor Ronda Coryell demonstrates some great techniques, tips, and tricks for working with Argentium Silver. Don’t miss a chance to learn more about this remarkable metal from the best of the best!

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Video How-To: Blaine Lewis on Precision Bur Control While Setting Gemstones

May 22, 2014
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Yvonne M. Padilla
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See one. Do one. There’s nothing like learning from a pro when it comes to setting gemstones. Through his videos and DVDs, Blaine Lewis teaches you one-on-one how to use your setting burs with precision and a whole lot more about how to set stones like a pro. Get started in today’s post at The Studio!

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

May 22, 2014
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Heather Apodaca
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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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5-Star Jewelry Supplies from Rio Grande

May 19, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Rio Grande customers have written thousands of reviews over the past three years, and those reviews offer you valuable information that can guide your purchasing choices. Today on The Studio, we spotlight a few favorite 5-star products that you shouldn’t miss, and we remind you how much we want to hear from YOU! Leave a review and join the conversation!

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It’s for the Children! Rio Grande Supports Jewelers for Children—and You Can, Too!

May 15, 2014
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Shelby Chant
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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.

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The Studio Team Gets Their Hands Dirty: Enter Rio’s Incredible WHITE COPPRclay Contest and Join Them!

May 14, 2014
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Yvonne M. Padilla
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It’s not too late to join our Incredible WHITE COPPRclay Pinterest Contest! Check out The Studio today to see the what happened when Rio’s blog team got the WHITE COPPRclay bug and had a workshop to create some treasures. Then you can join the Incredible WHITE COPPRclay Contest yourself for a chance to win a fabulous blog spotlight of your jewelry!

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