The STUDIO http://riograndeblog.com A JEWELRY MAKING BLOG BY RIO GRANDE Wed, 25 May 2016 21:53:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Meet Three Innovative Jewelers Working in Gold http://riograndeblog.com/2016/05/3-innovative-jewelers-going-gold/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/05/3-innovative-jewelers-going-gold/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 09:00:40 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19830   One of the first metals early humans used to create pieces of adornment, gold is a time-tested classic of jewelry making. With its unmatched luster and resistance to tarnish, it is the darling of the jeweler’s bench. There are innumerable ways to incorporate the metal into a piece of jewelry. We sat down with three jewelers who are working with […]

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Rio Jeweler Stories: Wingostarr Jewelry http://riograndeblog.com/2016/05/rio-jeweler-stories-wingostarr-jewelry/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/05/rio-jeweler-stories-wingostarr-jewelry/#respond Thu, 19 May 2016 21:43:07 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19932 Wingostarr Jewelry is made up of Mallory Wingo and Jason Self. They’ve been together for seven years, have a 4-year-old little girl and have been making a living off of their jewelry designs for two years. They make electro-formed and wire-wrapped jewelry together full time in their small home in Georgia and have amassed a social […]

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Polishing Jewelry with 3M Radial Bristle Discs http://riograndeblog.com/2016/05/polishing-jewelry-3m-radial-bristle-discs/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/05/polishing-jewelry-3m-radial-bristle-discs/#respond Thu, 12 May 2016 20:49:20 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19909 If you’re a jeweler who hasn’t tried 3M radial bristle discs, you’re in for a big, bright finishing surprise. These funny-looking little discs can save you a ton of time and improve your end result. The rubber wheels are impregnated with an abrasive compound, eliminating the need for messy polishing compounds and muslin buffs. Their design makes it easy […]

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Meet the Rio Gemologists: Chris Hoffman http://riograndeblog.com/2016/05/meet-rio-gemologists-chris-hoffman/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/05/meet-rio-gemologists-chris-hoffman/#respond Wed, 04 May 2016 22:22:48 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19819   Chris Hoffman, one of Rio Grande’s resident gemologists, has worked alongside jewelers for most of his adult life. When he was 19, he answered an ad in the paper for a jewelry salesperson. “I didn’t know about anything, but the guy hired me,” he says, “My very first sale was a pair of garnet earrings, […]

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7 Ways to Incorporate Gold Into Your Jewelry http://riograndeblog.com/2016/05/7-ways-incorporate-gold-jewelry/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/05/7-ways-incorporate-gold-jewelry/#respond Mon, 02 May 2016 17:16:23 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19760 Unmistakable luster. A wide variety of alloys and colors. Tarnish resistance. A long and fabled history in jewelry making. All of these properties make gold grist for the jewelry designer’s imagination. If you want to incorporate the singular look of gold into your work, there are easy ways to do it without creating a solid gold piece of […]

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Retail or Wholesale? 4 Things Jewelers Should Consider… http://riograndeblog.com/2016/04/retail-wholesale-4-things-jewelers-consider/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/04/retail-wholesale-4-things-jewelers-consider/#respond Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:58:08 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19808 With the advent of the internet, the way jewelry was sold changed exponentially. In a pre-internet age, most people either sold retail or wholesale. Today traditional wholesalers are selling their work retail to the ultimate consumer, and retailers are selling their work wholesale. The divide separating the two has become all but indistinguishable. Things first […]

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How to Tighten the Head on a Jeweler’s Hammer http://riograndeblog.com/2016/04/how-to-tighten-the-head-on-a-jewelers-hammer/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/04/how-to-tighten-the-head-on-a-jewelers-hammer/#respond Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:00:30 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19754 If you own a jeweler’s hammer with a wood handle, the head will probably come loose at some point or another, whether you’re working with a top-of-the-line Fretz hammer or a basic beginner’s hammer. It can be frustrating to deal with an unsteady hammer head when your work calls for precision. Mark Nelson shares a […]

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Rio Jeweler Stories: MeShe Designs http://riograndeblog.com/2016/04/19732/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/04/19732/#respond Wed, 13 Apr 2016 20:35:38 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19732 Michelle Fernandez, the jeweler behind MeShe Designs, has one of the most well-known social media presences in the #RioJeweler family. What began as a sharing experience has grown into an avenue where she helps other jewelers learn from her mistakes – and her triumphs. In an industry that often clutches to technical and business knowledge […]

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Stories from the Rio Diamond Source http://riograndeblog.com/2016/04/19721/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/04/19721/#respond Wed, 06 Apr 2016 20:34:07 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19721 With the launch of our new diamond-buying portal, the Rio Diamond Source, we’re sharing the stories of customers who have depended on our graduate gemologists for the stones that make their pieces come to to life. Tim has been ordering diamonds from Shannon, on our gemstones team, for more than 20 years. He shares his story below.    Tim […]

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Guide to Gold-Filled Fabrication Metals & Findings http://riograndeblog.com/2016/04/guide-gold-filled-fabrication-metals/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/04/guide-gold-filled-fabrication-metals/#respond Sat, 02 Apr 2016 17:22:22 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19789 Gold-filled fabrication metals and findings allow you to design with the rich color of gold at a fraction of the cost of solid gold and offer a higher quality than is available from gold-plated pieces. Gold-filled materials are made by heat- and pressure-bonding a layer of karat gold to a brass (or other base metal) core. […]

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Pricing Handmade Jewelry: 12 Strategies to Turn Naysayers Into Buyers http://riograndeblog.com/2016/03/pricing-handmade-jewelry-strategies/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/03/pricing-handmade-jewelry-strategies/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:55:20 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19696 Pricing handmade jewelry is one of the most common frustrations I encounter when working with jewelers. It is common for a customer respond that a price is simply too high when starting negotiations on a piece. The customer might not mean it, but it is an easy and convenient response. And as a maker, it can […]

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The Secret to the Perfect Cut: Miter Vises & Tube Cutters http://riograndeblog.com/2016/03/19654/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/03/19654/#respond Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:20:27 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19654   Making jewelry is a craft of excruciating detail. You wouldn’t be a jeweler if you didn’t take some pleasure in precision. Every angle must be right. Every joint clean. Every measurement exact. These details that can take a piece from good to great. From average to award-winning. The ones that are revealed under the all-seeing eye […]

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