I traveled to the Tucson Gem and Mineral show in early February in search of faceting rough material (precious or semi-precious stones suitable for faceting). For years my husband, Charles Springer, has traveled the show buying rough material on behalf of his jewelry manufacturin[...]
MJSA Expo New York is the largest and oldest trade show dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, Expo is full of the latest bench tools, laser welders, casting machines, alloys, CAD/CAM systems, gemstones and beads, component parts, stamping equipment an[...]
In all the years Rio has been presenting our Catalog In Motion® event alongside the Tucson Gem & Mineral show, this is the first year I had ever walked the show myself...
Currently, the precious metal market—especially silver—is not favorable to jewelers who often use these metals in their creations. Jewelers are seeking new trends that incorporate alternate metals such as bronze, stainless steel, titanium, etc. One trend we recently highlight[...]
“I don’t like doing things simple. I like a challenge. I like to be pushed.” Wendy Toman Oestreicher is one of those folks who like to be intrigued by something they’ve seen or thought of, then just dive right into trying it . . .
Occasionally someone asks me, “What’s it like to work in Technical Support at Rio Grande?” Usually my answer is easily summed up by the big grin on my face. Being part of the Tech Support Team is really cool. The job may not be what what one thinks of as a typical tech supp[...]
Shortly after I was first hired here at Rio, I experienced my first Rio Associate Arts and Crafts Fair. I was so excited to see what kind of jewelry my creative colleagues were making and selling and was amazed by the beautiful craftsmanship and uniqueness of it all. But, there w[...]
We are pleased to partner with Lark Books and author Sara Jayne Cole to bring you this excerpt from Sara’s recently published book, Metal Clay Origami Jewelry. In the book, Sara combines the worlds of origami with metal clay to achieve fun and interesting results. The book open[...]
The jeweler's saw is a fundamental jewelry-making tool. It's one of the first and most important tools found on every jeweler’s bench. At the same time this tool is different for each jeweler. If you take a quick look at the Rio Tools catalog you'll see over two pages of jewele[...]
Our Jewelry-Making Tips and Tricks contest wrapped up last week, and jewelry designer Jette Sorensen took home the prize of a $25 gift certificate for her “handy” advice for soldering jump rings.
I knew very little about Rio Grande when I was hired a little over ten years ago. I learned quite a bit as I went through the interview process, but I wasn’t prepared for the reality of actually working at Rio. It has completely altered my ideas of what it means to lead and how[...]
While Rio In Motion was underway here at Rio Grande, I spent a day with Bill Fretz, creator of the Fretz line of metalsmith’s hammers and miniature stakes. The inspiration for the miniature stakes that launched the line came from a quantity of unusually shaped tourmaline th[...]