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 [...]
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 [...]
For more than 40 years April 22nd has been designated the day to act for the planet, the day to celebrate the beauty of our mother earth, and on this day we acknowledge our humility and offer her the respect that she so deserves. Wait, back up! Is one day really all she gets? No [...]
Rio Grande has joined a new and much needed fundraising organization set up to help the victims of March’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Instead of just asking for direct donations, Jewelers for Japan is asking members of the jewelry trade to donate their gold and silver scr[...]