This year we are happy to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Santa Fe Symposium! The event kicked off Sunday morning with over 160 attendees eagerly awaiting presentations covering topics from jewelry technology, inspiration and design, to hard core metallurgy. . . [...]
As part of our ongoing Saul Bell Design Award retrospective, we're devoting today's post to past winners Eva Martin and Heather Bayless. . .
Back in 1979 the infamous Hunt brothers largely cornered the market on silver, driving the price from $6 per ounce to an all-time high of $48.70. Their scheme unraveled when the COMEX intervened, and silver rapidly shrank back down to more accustomed prices. But here we are in 2[...]
Here’s a quick video showing a simple but invaluable tip: the correct way (and the incorrect way) to open and close a jump ring. Mark Nelson demonstrates using two pair of Swanstrom Flat Nose Pliers. . .
The 2011 Saul Bell Design Award will be presented at a gala dinner during JCK in Las Vegas June 4th. Leading up to the event we’re taking a look back at some of our previous prize winners. Apichart Warrachart came to America from Thailand and found a freedom to follow the next [...]
At Rio, we started an adventure seven years ago to address the health and wellness of our associates and their families. It started as a program to reduce our rising medical insurance costs and, in the beginning, was a classic first attempt at a new program: It took some time to [...]
Our tech support team loves to answer your questions! If you’re having trouble getting a product to do what you want it to do, if you’ve got a thorny issue in your current project and you need advice, or if you just want an expert’s opinion before you make that purchase, R[...]
My grandfather, Saul Bell, lived to be 96 years old and he came to work at Rio Grande every day until less than two weeks before he died. A few years after his passing, a group of associates at Rio Grande presented my family with a video documenting memories of Saul, from both as[...]
Phil Poirier of Bonny Doon recently paid us a visit here at Rio and we made a video to show off the popular Bonny Doon Rolling Mill Pattern Plates. The creative possibilities are endless! Watch for a bunch of new designs on our website in April!
Travel in time back to March of 2003. Jeweler, teacher and world-traveler Ronda Coryell had just won first place in the silver category of the 2002 Saul Bell Design Award competition. Eight years after that interview, literally to the day as I write, I learn that Ronda’s love f[...]
Mark Nelson demonstrates how to make a simple ring using 16 gauge silver wire and a chasing hammer. Check out this popular video and be inspired!
Questions arise daily about the various scales we use in the jewelry business. Gold is weighed on a pennyweight or gram scale. Gems are weighed on a carat scale. Postage is weighed on an avoirdupois scale and pearls are sometimes weighed on a momme scale. Do you know if you are u[...]