Over the years, Bill Fretz has attended many trade shows and demonstrated all the different Fretz hammers and their uses. At those shows, he's answered the question, “What’s this one used for?” countless times. In this post, Bill outlines how his enormously popular planishi[...]
Sometimes, however, jewelry surprises and delights me by doing something more than simply being beautiful. An aunt of mine has a ring that was given to her by her father back in the early 1970s. She adores the ring, partly for the sentimental connection it holds, but also because[...]
As you may have already heard, Rio Grande recently installed more than 5000 solar panels atop its parking lot. To acquaint yourself with some of the details of our solar project, you can read our “Powered by the Sun” announcement here. Now that our solar array has been functi[...]
Back in 1995 I became the precious materials product manager at Rio Grande. As a new manager, I began reading National Jeweler magazine, and one day, I came across an article about a new jewelry-making material from Japan, Precious Metal Plasticene. It was invented by Dr. Morika[...]
We love that we get to play a role in the creative and productive process of so many jewelers, and we honor the contributions jewelers share with the world. On occasion, however, we learn about a customer who uses their creative skill in a particularly generous way. In the spirit[...]
A fringe benefit here at Rio is having the opportunity to attend product training. I was assigned to write video scripts for four of our products (Colores™ epoxy resin, Raindrop™ doming resin, and Durenamel), and I was lucky enough to learn about them under Bruce's instructio[...]
You need a dust collector for two reasons: Health Money First off, even working outside, you can’t avoid breathing in airborne debris, some of which may be toxic. With the right collector and a well-maintained filter, you can see to it that your work environment is not a h[...]
I often think about how many memories are tucked away in my jewelry box. Beyond the aesthetic appeal of each piece, my jewelry is more fun to wear because each has it's own “story”. Adding to the pleasure my jewelry brings, is the extra special gratitude I feel when a piece b[...]
The idea of performing maintenance on a flex shaft sounds like an overwhelming task. Here are some instructions to provide guidelines about when, why, and how you can do routine maintenance on the Foredom flex shaft...
Silver prices have recently topped $25 per troy ounce. It wasn’t so long ago that silver traditionally traded close to $6 per troy ounce. Like all free markets, the price of precious metals is based on supply and demand. And while the jewelry industry actually uses a small per[...]
As you know, diamonds are sold by weight. I think we've all been trained to want a 1-carat diamond. But nature doesn’t care about our desires. Diamond crystals form independent of any market demand. The supply of diamonds tends to be plentiful for small stones, but extremel[...]
I began to realize the significance of Rio Grande in the jewelry world at an unexpected place. I was at an awards ceremony...