The STUDIO http://riograndeblog.com A JEWELRY MAKING BLOG BY RIO GRANDE Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:30:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Rio Jeweler Stories: Arrok Metal Studio http://riograndeblog.com/riojeweler-story-arrok-metal-studio/ http://riograndeblog.com/riojeweler-story-arrok-metal-studio/#respond Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:00:26 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20091 This series of interviews 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’re looking forward to exploring stories from […]

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How to Hire Your First Employee: Part 1 http://riograndeblog.com/hire-first-employee-part-1/ http://riograndeblog.com/hire-first-employee-part-1/#respond Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:12:47 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20077 For some, it may start in a moment of frustration. For others, it may be a moment of invigoration or inspiration. Either way, the moment when you realize, “Yowza, I really need help!” to run your business more effectively and efficiently is the moment to take action. It’s a huge step to go from thinking […]

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Discover the Importance of Branded Packaging http://riograndeblog.com/discover-the-importance-of-branded-packaging/ http://riograndeblog.com/discover-the-importance-of-branded-packaging/#respond Wed, 06 Jul 2016 17:25:47 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20056 Learn how to create a memorable unboxing experience for your customer, and pick up a few tips on how to get customers to share your brand with their friends. To help establish your jewelry brand and encourage repeat purchases, it’s important to have a high-quality, cohesive look that extends to everything in your line, including […]

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Understanding Metal Hardness http://riograndeblog.com/understanding-metal-hardness/ http://riograndeblog.com/understanding-metal-hardness/#respond Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:42:02 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20044 The Rio Grande blog has been around since 2010, and we’ve shared lots of great articles about the art of making jewelry in that time. Over the next couple of months, we’ll be digging through the archives and republishing some of the posts that our audience found most helpful. In this post from 2013, Eddie Bell explains metal hardness […]

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Rio Jeweler Stories: Panurgic http://riograndeblog.com/rio-jeweler-stories-panurgic/ http://riograndeblog.com/rio-jeweler-stories-panurgic/#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:01:24 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20020 This series of interviews 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’re looking forward to exploring stories from […]

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Form a Fluted Cuff Bracelet with Bill Fretz http://riograndeblog.com/form-fluted-cuff-bracelet-bill-fretz/ http://riograndeblog.com/form-fluted-cuff-bracelet-bill-fretz/#respond Thu, 16 Jun 2016 22:54:39 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20007 Join us in the Rio video studio with renowned jeweler and master tool maker Bill Fretz as he demonstrates how to form a fluted convex cuff bracelet using his M-100 series stakes. Bill will walk  you through the process of forming the cuff into a convex shape and then adding the fluted pattern. A metal-forming master, Bill will offer tons of useful […]

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Learn Tracy Arrington’s Secrets for Jewelry Displays that Sell http://riograndeblog.com/jewelry-display-case-study-tracy-arrington-studios/ http://riograndeblog.com/jewelry-display-case-study-tracy-arrington-studios/#respond Thu, 09 Jun 2016 11:00:53 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19683 Jewelry displays are one one of the most often overlooked elements of a successful tradeshow. We caught up with Tracy of Tracy Arrington Studios in Apopka, Florida to uncover her secrets for creating award-winning tradeshow booth displays as she travels across the U.S. introducing her jewelry lines to new buyers. Tracy started her business in 2011 after working for […]

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Go Inside the Rio Gemology Department with Shannon Demoulin http://riograndeblog.com/meet-rio-gemologists-shannon-demoulin/ http://riograndeblog.com/meet-rio-gemologists-shannon-demoulin/#respond Fri, 03 Jun 2016 15:14:03 +0000 http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19959     Gemologist Shannon Demoulin has been a part of the Rio Grande gemology department since 1990 and has been integral to its evolution into a boutique, concierge service that offers each customer one-on-one, personal service in selecting the right stone. Shannon chose to become a jeweler because she was passionate about hands-on artistic creation but wanted to do […]

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Meet Three Innovative Jewelers Working in Gold http://riograndeblog.com/3-innovative-jewelers-going-gold/ http://riograndeblog.com/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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