The 2011 SNAG conference is May 26th – 29th in Seattle. Rio is proud to be the conference sponsor. In addition to sponsoring the conference, we will have a booth in the vendor room with five industry experts on-hand to demonstrate the latest products and answer your questions. [...]
Susan Suh’s newest line of jewelry challenges conventional thinking about luxury, designer jewelry and precious metals. . .
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. . . [...]
Last fall we began reading good things on the internet about a new chaser’s pitch being made by Debra Montgomery of Fresno, CA. We brought some in and gave it to Sessin Durgham to try out. . .
Associates here at Rio Grande are a diverse and talented bunch. My fellow associates have passions that include jewelry making, photography, leather tooling, painting, fabric-crafting and many more. Shannon Demoulin, a graduate gemologist who works on Rio’s Gemstones Team is al[...]
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 20[...]
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. . .
Only thirty three days until the winners of the 2011 Saul Bell Design Competition are unveiled at the JCK show in Las Vegas. In our continued look back at past winners, here’s a video of the 2005 Grand Prize winner, Joost During, discussing how he approaches a new design:[...]
One of the two winners of the “Most Poetic” category of our recent Haiku contest was this beautiful expression of the soldering process: Torch flame flickering, Flux smiling a glassy grin— Watching solder flow (This one was my personal favorite, by the way!) Introd[...]
The jewelry business has been my profession for 40 years. It's been a career full of new adventures, discoveries, interesting friendships and continual learning. I've seen places I'd only read about in books during my school years, met customers who have become life long friends [...]