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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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If you work in the jewelry world, you are potentially a security risk, even if you work with non-precious materials. Today, Marlene Richey shares a list of 15 simple tips that will decrease your risk and increase your awareness. Her tips allow you to be security-savvy and take precautions to protect yourself and your work.

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The cost of silver and gold is a significant consideration for any bench jeweler, and it makes more sense than ever nowadays to be careful with precious metal bits, pieces, filings, and saw dust. In today’s post, Eddie Bell shares the timeless tips his father taught him as a young boy, when silver was $1.59 an ounce and gold was $35 an ounce. Follow his tips and then let Rio help you convert your precious metal scrap to buying power.

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Today’s “Influencers in Jewelry Design” post is the second in a series that celebrates the most influential and important shapers of contemporary jewelry design. This time, Marlene Richey spotlights the profound influence of pioneering jewelry designer Ramona Solberg, who is considered to be the grandmother of Northwest found-art jewelry. Learn more about Ramona and then join the conversation—we want to hear your jewelry Influencer stories!

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