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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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Today we present the second in our series of four posts about fall 2014 jewelry trends. By contrast with classic pearls, which we featured as our inaugural trend, today’s post switches gears and explores the pearl’s counterpoint: an edgier, darker look that was just as popular on the fall runways. We’re calling it “Underworld,” and we think you’re going to like it.

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Both chemical and electro-etching can be used by jewelers to add fine, detailed patterns and drawings to their designs. In today’s post, Ashli Brooke Taylor compares these two jewelry etching methods and gives you the information you need to dive in and get etching!

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PMC® Flex™, the latest innovation in metal clay from Mitsubishi Materials, gives you the luxury of time. Take your time as you work, roll, cut, shape this fine silver metal clay. The clay feels and behaves like other PMC varieties, it just lets you take advantage of a much longer working time—weeks, if need be! Find out more in the latest post at The Studio, Rio Grande’s blog.

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What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest. It’s your chance to submit a picture and a description of what’s on your bench right now. This month’s winner, Kharisma Ryantori Sommers, has her work in the spotlight and October’s contest has officially begun—show us what’s on your bench for a chance to win a $20 Rio credit!

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Are you jewelry trade show bound? Have you considered natural linen for your travel displays? The strong fibers of linen make it a great choice for travel because it’s hardwearing and it remains stable in many climates. Plus, linen is classic and beautiful. Rio carries an easy-to-set-up-and-tear-down 35-piece linen travel display set and many other attractive, high-quality sets too. Check out today’s post to learn more!

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With an Orion pulse arc welder you can fabricate everything from small jewelry pieces to larger hollowware works, make repairs without the mess of solder, and join dissimilar metals. Learn more by checking out a recent blog post from our friends over at Metalwerx Studio and, if you’re in Massachusetts later this month, learn to pulse arc weld at Metalwerx with our very own Sessin Durgham!

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Go behind the scenes and hear the stories of two more of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award winners. Aleksandr Maryaskin and Sue Aygarn-Kowalski took top honors in the Hollowware/Art Objects category and we spent some quality time getting to know each of them and share what we found in this post at The Studio.

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What are the pros and cons of running your jewelry business from home? Marlene Richey is the person to ask. She ran her own home-based jewelry design business for more than 30 years and she’s on The Studio today to give you the nitty gritty on what to expect when you work in the same place where you wear your bunny slippers!

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