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[...]
As we lead up to the announcement of the 2011 Saul Bell Design Award winners this June, The Studio will be profiling a few winners from previous years. Here’s a video about the 2002 Grand Prize Winner, David C. Freda, and the inspiration for his award winning piece “Stag Bee[...]
Last week, Rio’s blog group stepped into a conference room, closed the door, and read your jewelry haikus. More than 150 entries in all, ranging from beautiful to witty to hysterical. How could we possibly pick just one?? We couldn’t. There were so many amazing entries, we fe[...]
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 [...]
In taking a PMC® class with Yvonne Padilla and CeCe Wire, Margaret discovered she could transfer incredible detail to metal forms and a new world opened before her. . .
Unlike nearly any other jewelry design competition, the final judging of the Saul Bell Design Award Competition invites five unique jurors to a day of lively collaboration and incredible artistry . . .
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Early one morning last July, we discovered a baby hawk in the visitor parking lot. Seeing a hawk around wasn’t at all unusual—hawks have been nesting in the trees of our courtyard for years...
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!