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.
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 . . .