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:
Eleanore Macnish is a jeweler and lampwork bead artist who’s unique, large-scale pieces are filled with charming, unexpected details. Eleanore uses a variety of metals, gemstones, found objects, and glass beads of her own making to hand-craft stunning, wearable artwork. . .[...]
What's the best way to showcase a piece of jewelry fresh off the bench? Add shine and a gleaming finish to your work by polishing, burnishing, or tumbling. . .
Wayne Meeten sits with his shoes and socks off, his blue jeans rolled neatly at the cuff, sipping a glass of orange juice. He’s looking at me a bit incredulously about a question I asked. He had just finished describing his training in jewelry and metalsmithing, and it was quit[...]
With a Swanstrom disc cutter, a mallet, and a ring mandrel, you can create simple, beautiful rings in minutes. Make a continuous, seamless ring from a sheet of mokumé gane, the Japanese alloy metal made with several layers of gold, silver, and copper. . .
Last night, at a swanky celebration dinner at JCK Las Vegas the twelve winners of the eleventh annual Saul Bell Design Award competition were announced. The long-awaited gala event represented the culmination of a year of creation, submission, and deliberation. Here are the spect[...]
In the following video Mark Nelson demonstrates the use of a simple fold forming technique to create a sculptural three-dimensional form in silver. . .
Today we have a video clip featuring Robin Waynee of Chimayo, New Mexico. Robin was the 2010 winner in the Silver/Argentium® Silver category. . .
Each individual at Rio must make his or her own choice to be empowered. What we can do is provide an environment that nurtures and supports empowered associates. And so, a number of ideas and sources coalesced into a list of four items critical to achieving empowerment. . .[...]