It caught my eye one day in early 2010, when an article by the Associated Press (AP) revealed that it had obtained children’s jewelry containing a lot of cadmium, a heavy metal that’s considered a hazardous substance by the U.S. government. While I knew that jewelers would wa[...]
How does a jeweler know that he/she is choosing the right solder or flux for the job? There are so many confusing details related to soldering, brazing, and fluxes that I thought I’d ask our resident expert Mark Nelson to help me sort things out. . .
The 23rd Street Renaissance Artists’ Market has provided an outlet for local artisans to share their wares since the 1970s. Everything sold within the open-air venue must be handmade, and the creators apply for a City of Austin license to prove it. . . [...]
Recently on The Studio, I chatted with Eleanore Macnish about her inspiration, evolution as an artist, and approach to glasswork and silversmithing. Today, Eleanore gives us a tour of her colorful studio and shares some stories about the growth and evolution of her business. . .[...]
Are you just dipping your toe into the jewelry-making water and feeling overwhelmed by all the many tool choices you see in our catalog? Perhaps you've been at it for a little while, but you never seem to have the right tool for every job. In the following video, Mark Nelson give[...]
The Principles are Rio Grande’s common value system; the basis for our everyday behavior and decision-making. By using the Principles as our footing, we make the right decision far more consistently. . .
One of strengths of the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair is its variety. Mary Sharp Davis’ work is an example: she was awarded Best Semi-Precious Jewelry but her booth featured more than just jewelry. . .
Marcia Weaver of Walnut Creek, CA was one of two Ganoksin raffle winners this year and I recently contacted her to find out a little about Marcia--Ganoksin supporter and lucky winner!
Would you consider buying a 1 carat diamond without a certificate? Most folks wouldn’t. Consumers rely on the objectivity of a third-party gem lab to tell them the properties of the diamond they're considering. So it is especially damaging to know that some diamond grading labs[...]
Richard and Beth Elkin of Elkin Studio Jewelers were selected by the jury for the Rio Grande-sponsored Best Precious Jewelry Award for their exquisite work. . .
At the beginning of May I turned in my box cutter for a T-shaped Allen wrench. I said goodbye to the forklift and hello to the coiler, the hammered ear wire machine, and the eye-pin slider. Let me be plain: I transferred from the Receiving Team to the Machine Operator Team. . .[...]
Our own Yvonne Padilla uses molding compound and carving wax to create textures from inspiration she finds everywhere. In the following video Mark Nelson demonstrates this exciting method for trasferring texture to metal clay pieces: