The STUDIO http://riograndeblog.com A JEWELRY MAKING BLOG BY RIO GRANDE Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:14:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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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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Influencers in Jewelry Design: Cindy Edelstein http://riograndeblog.com/2016/03/influencers-in-jewelry-design-cindy-edelstein/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/03/influencers-in-jewelry-design-cindy-edelstein/#respond Wed, 16 Mar 2016 17:59:05 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19641   This blog was written before the untimely death of Cindy Edelstein. For almost three decades, Cindy was not only a close friend and confidante but also a peer. We often discussed the jewelry world and the designers in it. Cindy came into jewelry about the same time I did, and we shared so many […]

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Rio Jeweler Stories: Notch + Fletch http://riograndeblog.com/2016/03/stories-from-the-riojeweler-community-notch-fletch/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/03/stories-from-the-riojeweler-community-notch-fletch/#respond Wed, 09 Mar 2016 16:17:10 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19617 This new Rio Jeweler blog series explores some of the stories from the #RioJeweler community. #RioJeweler is a way for jewelers to share moments from the bench on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Designers from around the world use the hashtag to chronicle their stories, their work and their lives as jewelers. We couldn’t be more amazed […]

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8 Policies Every Small Jewelry Business Should Have in Writing http://riograndeblog.com/2016/03/business-know-how-with-marlene-richey-a-word-on-company-policies/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/03/business-know-how-with-marlene-richey-a-word-on-company-policies/#respond Wed, 02 Mar 2016 09:00:05 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19605 If you’re running a small jewelry business, sooner or later, you’ll realize that you need to have a set of company policies established for your clients and yourself. Usually this realization comes when a problem arises and you have no idea how to handle it or what is appropriate to do. No matter what the situation, […]

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5 Reasons to Start Working with Gold http://riograndeblog.com/2016/02/5-reasons-to-start-working-with-gold/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/02/5-reasons-to-start-working-with-gold/#respond Sat, 06 Feb 2016 21:00:51 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19708 “Jewelry is permanent, and it’s so universal. How often in our lifetime do we have the chance to make something special that lasts forever?” ~ Alan Revere, Goldsmith Extracted from all parts of the planet and celebrated by humans since time immemorial, gold is the most precious and noble of earth’s metals. Humanity has been […]

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Business Know-How with Marlene Richey: How to Build a Company Profile http://riograndeblog.com/2016/01/business-know-how-with-marlene-richey-how-to-build-a-company-profile/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/01/business-know-how-with-marlene-richey-how-to-build-a-company-profile/#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2016 22:20:02 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19558   A company profile is an important part of any business plan. It is a comprehensive yet brief description of your company, and since it is a part of your business plan, it should be updated regularly. It should be an informative document that highlights what the business stands for and where it is at any […]

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How to Choose the Right Jeweler’s File http://riograndeblog.com/2016/01/jewelersfile/ http://riograndeblog.com/2016/01/jewelersfile/#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2016 22:53:18 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19540 If you search “file” at riogrande.com, you’ll get more than 150 product results, and each of those files has a specific function at a jeweler’s bench. When you’re relatively new to jewelry making, deciphering when to use a riffler file over a needle file or which cut # is best fdor the task at hand can be a daunting […]

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