The STUDIO http://riograndeblog.com A JEWELRY MAKING BLOG BY RIO GRANDE Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:35:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://riograndeblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/cropped-cropped-logo-1-32x32.png The STUDIO http://riograndeblog.com 32 32 How to Wholesale Your Jewelry Line: Tips & Strategies for Makers http://riograndeblog.com/20452-2/ http://riograndeblog.com/20452-2/#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:05:23 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20452 If you’re looking to grow your jewelry business, wholesale is one of the best strategies you can pursue because it allows you to be proactive in your approach. Armed with the right tools, you can actually reach out to stores and ask them to carry your products, which can yield results much faster than waiting […]

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Influencers in Jewelry Design: Mary Lee Hu http://riograndeblog.com/influencers-jewelry-design-mary-lee-hu/ http://riograndeblog.com/influencers-jewelry-design-mary-lee-hu/#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:00:25 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20429 Mary Lee Hu is a larger-than-life artist in the jewelry world. She has literally done it all, from creating a breathtaking body of jewelry and sharing her knowledge with students and established artists alike to winning major awards and honors and having her work shown in some of the most prestigious museums in the world. And […]

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How It’s Made: The 2017 Rio SNAG Pin http://riograndeblog.com/2017-rio-snag-pin/ http://riograndeblog.com/2017-rio-snag-pin/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 14:13:13 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20416 Each year at the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) conference, attendees look forward to the pin swap event where makers each bring a set of unique creations to trade with other makers. These small mementos are a fun way to share work and create connections on the first night of the conference, a good […]

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Elizabeth Kirk Shares the Display Secrets Behind Her Pop-Up “Boutique” http://riograndeblog.com/elizabeth-kirk-shares-display-secrets-behind-pop-boutique/ http://riograndeblog.com/elizabeth-kirk-shares-display-secrets-behind-pop-boutique/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 22:28:29 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20402 Elizabeth Kirk is dressed head-to-toe in turquoise velvet. Each eyelid is powdered in ombré eye shadow as iridescent as a hummingbird’s breast. She’s warm and approachable, and her laughter rings out even more than her cell phone (which is abuzz with customers, colleagues and family). So it’s something of an understatement to say that presentation […]

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Turquoise & Silver: Return of a Classic Jewelry Combination http://riograndeblog.com/turquoise-silver/ http://riograndeblog.com/turquoise-silver/#respond Tue, 02 May 2017 23:10:38 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20382 The combination of turquoise and silver is enjoying a resurgence in popularity not seen since the 1970s. Below we highlight four jewelers from our #RioJeweler Instagram community who tagged exciting examples of this trend, which we’re happy to see has re-emerged. Hideko Meet Sara, the silversmith behind Hideko, who began apprenticing with artists of the Navajo Nation […]

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Mining Fire Opal with the Outlaw Rocks Crew http://riograndeblog.com/mining-fire-opal-with-outlaw-rocks/ http://riograndeblog.com/mining-fire-opal-with-outlaw-rocks/#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:17:54 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20356   Lakeview, Oregon lies at the center south of Oregon, very close to the California state line.  The region is mineral-rich, and the terrain varies from majestic pine-covered mountains to wind-swept stretches of prairie grass and sagebrush. It is the home of the fire opal in Rio’s new American Mined gemstone collection. The Rio crew and […]

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Jewelry Display Ideas for Tradeshows and Craft Fairs http://riograndeblog.com/jewelry-display-ideas-tradeshows-craft-fairs/ http://riograndeblog.com/jewelry-display-ideas-tradeshows-craft-fairs/#respond Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:00:21 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19994 Whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned exhibitor, there is nothing more important at a tradeshow than presenting your jewelry in the most eye-catching ways possible. There you are, in the midst of hundreds of your competitors vying for attention and sales. A little sparkly fish in a big pond of diamonds, as it were. […]

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Influencers in Jewelry Design: Ladyfingers Jewelry http://riograndeblog.com/influencers-jewelry-design-ladyfingers/ http://riograndeblog.com/influencers-jewelry-design-ladyfingers/#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:12:24 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20335     When I decided to cover a retail gallery in my Influencers Blog, I instantly knew it would be Ladyfingers Jewelry in Carmel, California owned by Steve and Elaine Kaufman. Ladyfingers has been around since 1977 and has always carried and promoted designers who were ahead of their time. Their story, in many ways, […]

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Rio’s Top Jewelry Making Products of 2016 http://riograndeblog.com/the-best-jewelry-making-products-of-2016/ http://riograndeblog.com/the-best-jewelry-making-products-of-2016/#respond Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:00:41 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20269 As 2016 comes to a close, we’re taking a moment to reflect upon some of the year’s most popular products. We dug through our data and sat down with our team of product managers to bring you a list of our top jewelry-making products of 2016. From gemstones, findings and displays to tools and equipment, […]

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A Visit to Sunstone Butte Mine http://riograndeblog.com/visit-sunstone-butte-mine/ http://riograndeblog.com/visit-sunstone-butte-mine/#respond Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:32:46 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20245 I banged my head on the side of the pickup’s cabin as we bounced over an especially deep rut. Dave gestured off to the left, “You can see the claim over on that rise.” At that point, we left the teeth-rattling washboard county road and started down the trail to his mining site. This trail […]

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Influencers in Jewelry Design: Michael Good http://riograndeblog.com/influencers-jewelry-design-michael-good/ http://riograndeblog.com/influencers-jewelry-design-michael-good/#respond Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:49:22 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20230 “Using primarily the anticlastic principle I try to investigate the most direct and economical forms a plane will assume when it’s edges are stretched and it’s center compressed. Depending on the initial shape of the plane, and the degree of expansion and compression imposed upon it, there appears to be a natural sequential development of […]

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Rio Jeweler Stories: Auburn Jewelry http://riograndeblog.com/rio-jeweler-stories-auburn-jewelry/ http://riograndeblog.com/rio-jeweler-stories-auburn-jewelry/#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:17:07 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20213 Samantha Levine launched her branded jewelry line, Auburn Jewelry, in 2012. She’s since found a niche in combining sterling silver, 14k gold, and enamel in one-of-a-kind pieces, employing monograms, silhouettes and logos into her necklaces and keychains. She first learned about metalsmithing in high school, and her passion developed when she minored in studio art with a […]

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