The STUDIO http://riograndeblog.com A JEWELRY MAKING BLOG BY RIO GRANDE Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:11:07 +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 Design a Jewelry Collection part 2 http://riograndeblog.com/how-to-design-a-jewelry-collection-part-2-design-is-about-the-entire-experience/ http://riograndeblog.com/how-to-design-a-jewelry-collection-part-2-design-is-about-the-entire-experience/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:33:13 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20885 “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” Steve Jobs “Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.” Coco Chanel “Design is a way of life, a point of view. It involves the whole complex of visual communications: talent, creative ability, manual skill, and technical knowledge. […]

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Influencers in Jewelry Design: Lisa Jenks http://riograndeblog.com/influencers-jewelry-design-lisa-jenks/ http://riograndeblog.com/influencers-jewelry-design-lisa-jenks/#respond Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:54:10 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20672 A gifted jewelry designer, as well as an award-winning designer of tableware, leather goods, home goods, gifts and even designed packaging for Origins, Lisa Jenks is an icon. She is also among a handful of women designers who came on the jewelry scene in the late ‘80s, when much of the industry was dominated by […]

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Bill Fretz’s Guide to Hammer Textures http://riograndeblog.com/bill-fretzs-guide-to-hammer-textures/ http://riograndeblog.com/bill-fretzs-guide-to-hammer-textures/#respond Mon, 23 Oct 2017 21:49:32 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20534 The three main areas of jewelry design are shape, color and texture. Shape is the foundation and sets the backdrop for color and texture to add their magic. Hammer texture can be bold or subtle and is often the element that completes a piece of handmade jewelry. Hammered or hand-wrought jewelry is appealing for its […]

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Saul Bell Design Award Adds New Categories http://riograndeblog.com/saul-bell-design-award-introduces-two-new-categories-jewelry-collections/ http://riograndeblog.com/saul-bell-design-award-introduces-two-new-categories-jewelry-collections/#respond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 21:57:39 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20507 For the last 15 years, the Saul Bell Design Award competition has challenged jewelry makers and designers to create one-of-a-kind pieces that showcase their talents, make them reach for greater heights in creativity and push the boundaries of what is possible in jewelry design and metal work. This year, the competition has expanded its scope […]

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How to Design an Effective Jewelry Collection Part 1 http://riograndeblog.com/how-to-design-an-effective-jewelry-collection-part-1/ http://riograndeblog.com/how-to-design-an-effective-jewelry-collection-part-1/#respond Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:30:09 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20487 Good Design = Good Business “Only well executed objects can be beautiful. The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products used everyday have an effect on people and their well-being.” Dieter Rams “There are three responses to a piece of design, yes, no and WOW! WOW is the one to […]

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Amethyst Mining in Morocco http://riograndeblog.com/gems-of-the-sahara-amethyst-mining-in-morocco/ http://riograndeblog.com/gems-of-the-sahara-amethyst-mining-in-morocco/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:13:58 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20426 It’s high excitement for Becky Scheffler and me, Kevin Whitmore.  We are the gemstone buyers for Rio Grande, and we are departing on our first ever trip to Morocco, to visit our supplier of amethyst.  Amethyst is a purple form of quartz, quite popular, and named as the birthstone for people born in the month […]

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How to Wholesale Your Jewelry Line 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 Her Display Secrets 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 Duo 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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