Eddie Bell is the Technical Director for Rio Grande and president of Neutec/Rio Grande, a series of advanced casting systems for jewelry production, manufactured at Rio Grande’s solar-powered facility in Albuquerque.
As a teenager, Eddie learned the jewelry trade from his father who was a master goldsmith. Except for his military duty, he has worked at Rio Grande all his working life and can’t think of anything he would rather have done for the past 40+ years. He has always enjoyed the technical side of the jewelry business and holds several U.S. patents for inventions related to jewelry manufacturing.
Eddie is a founder of the Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology which began in 1987 and he edits the published proceedings that are known as the SFS books. He has been a speaker at technical conferences all around the world. His articles on the lost-wax casting process have been published in jewelry magazines and have been translated into Italian, Greek, Turkish, Russian, Spanish, and Chinese.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of American and is enrolled as an Honorary Associate of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths at Goldsmiths Hall in London.
Eddie was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico; his wife Pam and he have two daughters, Jessica and Jaci, and three grandchildren.
Besides jewelry, his interests include history, gardening, blacksmithing, woodworking, bee keeping, and restoring and driving antique cars.