In my 30+ years, I’ve always wanted to go to New York City. Having lived in New Mexico my whole life, NYC has always seemed like a magical place. But for some reason I’ve never made the effort to actually go there. This year I had to opportunity to finally get to the city bec[...]
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[...]
Were you reading The Studio back in March 3? If so, you probably already know about our Haiku Contest. Maybe you've already entered a haiku of your own! Here at The Studio we've been blown away by your response. More than a hundred of you have entered so far, with haikus that ran[...]
It’s Saint Patrick’s Day! We love an excuse to do some rhyming, and since we didn’t have any snakes to drive out of the building, we encouraged our fellow associates here at Rio to whip up a ditty or two for your reading pleasure. If we are a bit self-indulgent, please forg[...]
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[...]
We are pleased to present this project, excerpted from Nancy Megan Corwin’s book, Chasing and Repoussé: Methods Ancient and Modern. In the book, Ms. Corwin takes the reader on a marvelous tour of chasing and repousse, including the tools, techniques, and history behind this vi[...]
We are pleased to welcome Nancy Megan Corwin (Megan to her friends) to The Studio. Megan is the author of the book Chasing and Repousse – Methods Ancient and Modern. Welcome, Megan...
Did you know that your order from Rio Grande may have been packed by a guy who works in our machine shop? Or that the tiny 2˝ x 2˝ bag that your findings came in might have been labeled by one of our very own business coaches? How about that guy on the YouTube videos—Mark Ne[...]
The Studio is having a Haiku Contest, and the winner gets to choose one of 3 fabulous prizes! Comment on this post with a Haiku about jewelry, jewelry tools, jewelry-making, jewelry selling, or any other topic that looms large in your life as a jeweler. For this contest, a Haiku[...]
Promoting and selling jewelry on Facebook can be a great addition to your online jewelry business. Here are some basic tips on where to begin from the team behind Rio Grande’s own Facebook Fan Page.