The STUDIO A JEWELRY MAKING BLOG BY RIO GRANDE 2017-09-21T21:22:20Z http://riograndeblog.com/feed/atom/ http://riograndeblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/cropped-cropped-logo-1-32x32.png Heather Apodaca http://riograndeblog.com/Heather-Apodaca <![CDATA[Saul Bell Design Award Adds New Categories]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20507 2017-09-18T16:42:09Z 2017-09-06T21:57:39Z For the last 15 years, the Saul Bell Design Award competition has challenged jewelry makers and designers to create one-of-a-kind pieces that showcase their talents, make them reach for greater heights in creativity and push the boundaries of what is possible in jewelry design and metal work. This year, the competition has expanded its scope […]

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Marlene Richey http://riograndeblog.com/marlenerichey <![CDATA[How to Design an Effective Jewelry Collection Part 1]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20487 2017-09-01T17:58:35Z 2017-08-30T20:30:09Z Good Design = Good Business “Only well executed objects can be beautiful. The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products used everyday have an effect on people and their well-being.” Dieter Rams “There are three responses to a piece of design, yes, no and WOW! WOW is the one to […]

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Kevin Whitmore http://riograndeblog.com/kwhitmore <![CDATA[Amethyst Mining in Morocco]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20426 2017-09-18T16:42:49Z 2017-07-10T20:13:58Z It’s high excitement for Becky Scheffler and me, Kevin Whitmore.  We are the gemstone buyers for Rio Grande, and we are departing on our first ever trip to Morocco, to visit our supplier of amethyst.  Amethyst is a purple form of quartz, quite popular, and named as the birthstone for people born in the month […]

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Megan Auman http://designinganmba.com/ <![CDATA[How to Wholesale Your Jewelry Line]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20452 2017-09-18T16:43:30Z 2017-06-15T18:05:23Z If you’re looking to grow your jewelry business, wholesale is one of the best strategies you can pursue because it allows you to be proactive in your approach. Armed with the right tools, you can actually reach out to stores and ask them to carry your products, which can yield results much faster than waiting […]

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Marlene Richey http://riograndeblog.com/marlenerichey <![CDATA[Influencers in Jewelry Design: Mary Lee Hu]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20429 2017-06-12T17:20:58Z 2017-06-12T09:00:25Z Mary Lee Hu is a larger-than-life artist in the jewelry world. She has literally done it all, from creating a breathtaking body of jewelry and sharing her knowledge with students and established artists alike to winning major awards and honors and having her work shown in some of the most prestigious museums in the world. And […]

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Darcie DeFoe <![CDATA[How It’s Made: The 2017 Rio SNAG Pin]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20416 2017-05-24T14:16:22Z 2017-05-24T14:13:13Z Each year at the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) conference, attendees look forward to the pin swap event where makers each bring a set of unique creations to trade with other makers. These small mementos are a fun way to share work and create connections on the first night of the conference, a good […]

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Laura Marrich http://riograndeblog.com/Laura-Marrich <![CDATA[Elizabeth Kirk Shares Her Display Secrets]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20402 2017-09-18T16:45:05Z 2017-05-18T22:28:29Z Elizabeth Kirk is dressed head-to-toe in turquoise velvet. Each eyelid is powdered in ombré eye shadow as iridescent as a hummingbird’s breast. She’s warm and approachable, and her laughter rings out even more than her cell phone (which is abuzz with customers, colleagues and family). So it’s something of an understatement to say that presentation […]

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Darcie DeFoe <![CDATA[Turquoise & Silver: Return of a Classic Jewelry Duo]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20382 2017-09-18T16:44:14Z 2017-05-02T23:10:38Z The combination of turquoise and silver is enjoying a resurgence in popularity not seen since the 1970s. Below we highlight four jewelers from our #RioJeweler Instagram community who tagged exciting examples of this trend, which we’re happy to see has re-emerged. Hideko Meet Sara, the silversmith behind Hideko, who began apprenticing with artists of the Navajo Nation […]

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Kevin Whitmore http://riograndeblog.com/kwhitmore <![CDATA[Mining Fire Opal with the Outlaw Rocks Crew]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=20356 2017-04-19T18:33:49Z 2017-04-19T18:17:54Z   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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Rio Grande <![CDATA[Jewelry Display Ideas for Tradeshows and Craft Fairs]]> http://riograndeblog.com/?p=19994 2017-03-23T19:28:17Z 2017-03-22T09:00:21Z 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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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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