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Go behind the scenes and hear the story of another 2014 Saul Bell Design Award winner. Merry-Lee Rae took first place in the Enamel category and I spent some time getting to know her recently. Take a look to learn more about what makes Merry-Lee tick, then get started on your own masterpiece for the 2016 Saul Bell Design Award competition!

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The Rio Gemstones team sees thousands, heck, tens of thousands, of gemstones every year. Rarely does a week go by that one of us doesn’t turn to the other and say, “Hey check out this cool inclusion…” Until this week, though, we had never seen (except in books) hematite needle inclusions inside an amethyst. Take a look and see what we found!

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Today we feature a gem from The Studio’s archives. Mokumé gane is a fusion of two or more metals that, when manipulated by skilled hands, creates intriguing patterned stock coveted by jewelry designers and collectors alike. Americans such as Phillip Baldwin, founder of Shining Wave Metals, are taking this Japanese craft to new heights.

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In today’s post, Candace Gates shows you how to use BRONZclay and the Rebecca Chung “Mystic Manor” Dynasty texture sheet to create a beautiful book pendant that opens and closes.

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Ribbon is a simple and easy way to elevate your customer’s experience. It’s a lovely little touch that conveys kindness, leaves a lasting impression, and won’t require a huge investment of time. Today’s post gives you some ideas for using ribbon in creative ways to add a bit of flourish to every package that walks out the door.

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May is all about the Santa Fe Symposium, the premier conference on jewelry manufacturing technology. In May, 2015—May 17–20, to be precise—the brightest and most inquiring minds in the jewelry industry will come together in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for more than three days of learning, collaboration, and inspiration. Registration is open now…learn more in the latest post at The Studio!

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Here at Rio Grande, one of our favorite places to go in search of inspiration and new ideas is museums. All that creative genius gathered in one place just makes us want to make something. Luckily for jewelers, there are a bevy of jewelry-focused exhibits this fall. From masterpieces steeped in centuries of tradition to the knife’s edge of avant-garde, there’s a treasure trove of inspiration for just about every type of jewelry admirer. These exhibits spark our creativity and we think they’ll spark yours too!

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Well folks, it’s that time again! Each month we ask the question, “What Are You Working on Now?” and we eagerly await a peek at your jewelry bench! We love to see inside your studios and hear about how your

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Since their worldwide debut at the 2007 Catalog in Motion Show, Fretz Hammers have become a staple of the industry, and the hammer of choice for those who are doing traditional forming on a jewelry-sized scale. Thousands of Fretz Hammers are out in the world now, each of them with 420 stainless heads, oil-finished padauk handles, and a perfect, almost magical balance in the hand when you pick them up. And all of those many hammers can trace their roots back to this one: the very first Fretz Hammer.

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Go behind the scenes and hear the stories of two more of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award winners. Zoltan David and Elysha Roberts were winners in the Alternative Metals/Materials category and I spent some quality time getting to know each of them recently. Take a look to learn more about what makes these talented artists tick, then head over and enter your own masterpiece in the 2015 Saul Bell Design Award competition!

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