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Happy First Day of Spring! Fresh and Colorful Jewelry Packaging

Mar 20, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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If you could create your own holiday, what would it be? Mine would be fourfold: What if we ushered in every season as we do the New Year? We could call it New Season Day. The New Year is great for lofty resolutions. What if we made proposals specific to the season? For instance, my winter proposals would have been:

  • Don’t get sick.
  • Cook more.
  • Take more vitamin D.
  • Write more.

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Last weekend, my daughter had an unusual homework assignment: Go outside and search for signs of spring. She and I took a simple walk around the block, and she managed to list about 20 different signs of spring, most of which may have gone unnoticed if we weren’t on a critical mission. This activity was an eye opener (literally and figuratively) for us.

The lesson I took away from her assignment was to get away from the Internet, the indoors, the television, and just to be. Be observant. Be whimsical. And just be in the moment. Spring is a time to explore, shop, walk, renew, and reflect.

So let’s spring into the new season—for today is the first day of spring!

A great way to step into spring is with fresh outdoor-inspired packaging.

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Celebrate spring with "Botanica Collection" shopping totes!

My favorite totes and tissue are the fun "Botanica," "Shopping" and "Zinnia" collection totestissue, and merchandise bags.

Looking for spring-inspired packaging ideas? Rio Grande's website offers lots of display and packaging tips including this "Spring Breeze" idea. Click the image for details.

This Spring Breeze packaging tip is inspired by the signs of spring e.g., new grass, sky, and shade.

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Fresh and friendly patterns are flaunted on earth-friendly plastic. These biodegradable merchandise bags are lightweight, colorful, and are made with oxo-biodegradable plastic.

What I like even more about these spring-inspired totes is that they coordinate perfectly with this season’s 2014 Pantone color report.

So get outside. Get some sun. Plant a tree. Take your bench outside and make more jewelry! We would like to challenge you to dream up a few or several ambitious proposals for this spring season. What would you like to accomplish? What inspires you right now? First on my list this spring is to tone down my allergies with some local honey. What about you?

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Jewelry Design Options: Mixing COPPRclay and New WHITE COPPRclay

Mar 19, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Rio recently introduced new WHITE COPPRclay to its line of base metal clays, and every clay artist in the building could hardly wait to work with it. After giving him some time to experiment, we cornered Rio Grande metal clay artist and Tech Team member Thomas Flores and asked him what he’s discovered about this exciting new color of COPPRclay. Read about his experiences today at The Studio.

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What’s New? Jewelry News on Rio Grande’s Twitter Page

Mar 17, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Did you know that every day of the week, Rio Grande’s Twitter page is abuzz with jewelry industry news and Rio Grande updates? Your life is busy, so we want to make it simple for you to find interesting and relevant information in ONE place. Our Twitter feed delivers up-to-date news on the jewelry world and on the hottest Rio Grande products.

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2014 Saul Bell Design Award: Spectacular Finalists Unveiled

Mar 13, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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Today, The Studio is thrilled to unveil the 35 finalist pieces of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition! Across seven categories and from nine different countries spanning the globe, this is the best of jewelry design and it brings us one step closer to the announcement of SBDA winners in May! Take a look and be inspired.

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Santa Fe Symposium: Not Just for Manufacturers

Mar 11, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Even though Santa Fe Symposium started as a forum for manufacturers—and still benefits them in a crucial way—it also attracts a wide variety of people whose lives have been positively altered by their penchant for making jewelry. From the emerging artist to the manufacturing guru, this event is well known among jewelers as the powerhouse of jewelry innovation. Learn more about what’s happening at this year’s event, and then register to join us!

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Etsy Trends We Love: Shapely Jewelry

Mar 9, 2014
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Heather Apodaca
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Today at The Studio we talk with three jewelers (from three different continents!) whose work takes inspiration from the clean lines and simple forms of geometry. Shlomit Ofir of Shlomit Ofir Jewelry Design, Laura Geupin of SharpCloud, and Jess Jones of FawnAndRose are all creating Etsy Trends We Love –Check it out!

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Saul Bell Design Award Competition: Behind-the-Scenes at the 2014 Final-Round Judging!

Mar 5, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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Just a few days ago, a group of five esteemed judges gathered to share their expertise, scrutinize, and score the 35 finalist pieces of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition. Take a look behind-the-scenes as we inch closer to the gala awards event, here in Albuquerque this May, which will honor the extraordinary winners of this international celebration of the best in jewelry design.

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Have You Heard? WHITE COPPRclay is Here!

Mar 3, 2014
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Yvonne M. Padilla
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Have you heard? WHITE COPPRclay™ is here and it’s bringing a mind-blowing new dimensions to designing with base metal clay! Check out our latest post, by clay artist Yvonne M. Padilla, and get the low-down from an expert on this incredible new medium…

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Business Savvy: Ten Steps to Facebook Success for Jewelers

Feb 27, 2014
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Nina Cooper
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Social media holds many opportunities for promoting your jewelry business, but where do you begin? One effective—and manageable—place to start is to create a business page on Facebook. Millions of people post, like, share, make buying decisions, and see your images and posts on Facebook. Here’s how to gather your own fan base on Facebook, from start to finish.

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Olympic Inspiration: Gold Medals by the Numbers

Feb 26, 2014
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Heather Apodaca
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The closing ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics were held on Sunday, which means all the athletes are headed home with their gold, silver, and bronze hardware (U.S. athletes are bringing more than 25 medals back). This year a record number of medals were given out, thanks to the 12 new competitions added to this year’s games. And, being jewelers, that got us thinking, what exactly is the golden jewel of the Olympic games made of?

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