The STUDIO A JEWELRY MAKING BLOG BY RIO GRANDE 2017-01-19T23:12:40Z http://riograndeblog.com/feed/atom/ http://riograndeblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/cropped-cropped-logo-1-32x32.png Marlene Richey http://riograndeblog.com/marlenerichey <![CDATA[Influencers in Jewelry Design: Ladyfingers Jewelry]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20335 2017-01-19T23:12:40Z 2017-01-19T23:12:24Z     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 Grande <![CDATA[Rio’s Top Jewelry Making Products of 2016]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20269 2016-12-30T23:25:34Z 2016-12-26T09:00:41Z 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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Kevin Whitmore http://riograndeblog.com/kwhitmore <![CDATA[A Visit to Sunstone Butte Mine]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20245 2016-11-15T17:34:59Z 2016-11-11T19:32:46Z 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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Marlene Richey http://riograndeblog.com/marlenerichey <![CDATA[Influencers in Jewelry Design: Michael Good]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20230 2016-10-13T18:50:26Z 2016-10-13T18:49:22Z “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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Shelby Tatomir http://shelbytat.portfoliobox.me/ <![CDATA[Rio Jeweler Stories: Auburn Jewelry]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20213 2016-09-29T19:33:24Z 2016-09-28T22:17:07Z 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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Annie Pennington <![CDATA[Inside the Saul Bell Design Award Competition with Kathleen Nowak Tucci]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20187 2016-09-10T21:12:53Z 2016-09-09T21:42:47Z 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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Ashli Brooke Taylor http://riograndeblog.com/Ashli-Brooke-Taylor <![CDATA[How to Choose the Right Rectifier]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=18973 2016-09-01T20:08:45Z 2016-09-01T13:00:57Z 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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Jefferson King <![CDATA[Turquoise Sky: A Day at the Santa Fe Indian Market]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20121 2016-08-27T14:30:55Z 2016-08-26T18:49:52Z 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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Rio Grande <![CDATA[Making an Enamel Color Sample Board with Ricky Frank]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20117 2016-08-20T16:11:33Z 2016-08-19T13:10:27Z 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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Marlene Richey http://riograndeblog.com/marlenerichey <![CDATA[Influencers in Jewelry Design: Marthe Le Van]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20106 2016-07-29T19:37:27Z 2016-07-29T19:30:27Z 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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Nina Cooper http://riograndeblog.com/Nina-Cooper <![CDATA[Rio Jeweler Stories: Arrok Metal Studio]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20091 2016-07-22T15:06:11Z 2016-07-20T09:00:26Z 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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Marlene Richey http://riograndeblog.com/marlenerichey <![CDATA[How to Hire Your First Employee: Part 1]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20077 2016-07-13T18:13:37Z 2016-07-13T17:12:47Z 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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