The STUDIO http://riograndeblog.com A JEWELRY MAKING BLOG BY RIO GRANDE Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:33:49 +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 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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Inside the Saul Bell Design Award Competition with Kathleen Nowak Tucci http://riograndeblog.com/inside-saul-bell-design-award-competition-kathleen-nowak-tucci/ http://riograndeblog.com/inside-saul-bell-design-award-competition-kathleen-nowak-tucci/#respond Fri, 09 Sep 2016 21:42:47 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20187 If you’re interested in entering the Saul Bell Design Award competition (the 2017 entry deadline is October 27), Kathleen Nowak Tucci is the person to talk to. She’s a two-time winner in the Alternative Metals/Materials category: She won first place in 2015 for her “Hummingbird Necklace,” and in 2016, her “Secret Garden Necklace” took home […]

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How to Choose the Right Rectifier http://riograndeblog.com/plating-rectifiers-understanding-differences/ http://riograndeblog.com/plating-rectifiers-understanding-differences/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:00:57 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=18973 You've been told you need a rectifier and you're thinking, "What on earth is a rectifier and why do I need one?" Ashli Brooke Taylor is here to explain how a rectifier can help you electroplate, electroform, electrocoat, and anodize metals safely and with reliable results.

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Turquoise Sky: A Day at the Santa Fe Indian Market http://riograndeblog.com/a-jewelers-paradise-at-the-santa-fe-indian-market/ http://riograndeblog.com/a-jewelers-paradise-at-the-santa-fe-indian-market/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:49:52 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20121 On August 20 and 21, I had the opportunity to represent Rio as I joined tens of thousands of shoppers, collectors and onlookers in Santa Fe’s central plaza for the 95th annual Indian Market—the country’s largest Native American arts market. The town square was bursting with nearly a thousand artists from 230 tribes from across […]

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Making an Enamel Color Sample Board with Ricky Frank http://riograndeblog.com/making-enamel-sample-board-ricky-frank/ http://riograndeblog.com/making-enamel-sample-board-ricky-frank/#respond Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:10:27 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20117 You have to learn the alphabet before you can write beautiful sentences. As with writing, when you’re enameling jewelry, you have to learn the colors you are working with and what they can do before you can create beautiful pieces of enamel jewelry. The individual colors are your enameling letters. Get to know them. In […]

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Influencers in Jewelry Design: Marthe Le Van http://riograndeblog.com/influencers-jewelry-design-marthe-le-van/ http://riograndeblog.com/influencers-jewelry-design-marthe-le-van/#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:30:27 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20106 Writer. Editor. Gallery owner. Evangelist. Without ever picking up a jewelry tool or designing a piece, Marthe Le Van has become one of the most influential people in the contemporary jewelry design movement. During more than a decade at Lark Books, she used her keen eye and sharp instincts to launch the company’s jewelry imprint. The […]

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