“BAM!” is what Emeril the chef says on his cooking show. And “BAM!” is what I felt when I saw the price of silver top the $30 mark on Monday. Lately, listening to the news has seemed surreal. The Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, has been quoted about “fear[...]
Over the years, Bill Fretz has attended many trade shows and demonstrated all the different Fretz hammers and their uses. At those shows, he's answered the question, “What’s this one used for?” countless times. In this post, Bill outlines how his enormously popular planishi[...]
As you may have already heard, Rio Grande recently installed more than 5000 solar panels atop its parking lot. To acquaint yourself with some of the details of our solar project, you can read our “Powered by the Sun” announcement here. Now that our solar array has been functi[...]
Back in 1995 I became the precious materials product manager at Rio Grande. As a new manager, I began reading National Jeweler magazine, and one day, I came across an article about a new jewelry-making material from Japan, Precious Metal Plasticene. It was invented by Dr. Morika[...]
We love that we get to play a role in the creative and productive process of so many jewelers, and we honor the contributions jewelers share with the world. On occasion, however, we learn about a customer who uses their creative skill in a particularly generous way. In the spirit[...]
You need a dust collector for two reasons: Health Money First off, even working outside, you can’t avoid breathing in airborne debris, some of which may be toxic. With the right collector and a well-maintained filter, you can see to it that your work environment is not a h[...]
The idea of performing maintenance on a flex shaft sounds like an overwhelming task. Here are some instructions to provide guidelines about when, why, and how you can do routine maintenance on the Foredom flex shaft...
As you know, diamonds are sold by weight. I think we've all been trained to want a 1-carat diamond. But nature doesn’t care about our desires. Diamond crystals form independent of any market demand. The supply of diamonds tends to be plentiful for small stones, but extremel[...]
The key to preventing rust on your tools is keeping moisture and atmospheric pollutants away from them. There are several methods you can try: Coat your tools with a light oil such as 3-in-One® oil or WD-40®. Wipe off any excess oil when you need to use the tool and reapply wh[...]
Ok, confession time. My name is Yvonne, and I’m a jewelry hussy. By that I mean I love jewelry - ALL jewelry, and the shinier, the better. I wear jewelry all day, every day. If you are wearing jewelry, no matter what kind, be warned, I will ask to touch, feel, and admire it. At[...]
I’ve been at Rio Grande 10 years now and still feel absolutely blessed to be here. It remains the most challenging job I’ve ever had, but it all happens in the most supportive environment I’ve ever encountered.