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...
Tim Sheriff of Swanstrom Tool really wowed the Tucson crowd last year with some Swarovski Crystal Reflection Earrings he made with the Swanstrom Link-Forming Plier and Disc Cutter Set. Here’s a brand new video showing how those earrings were made. This and many more videos ar[...]
The key to preventing rust on your tools is keeping moisture and atmospheric pollutants away from them. There are several methods you can try: Coat your tools with a light oil such as 3-in-One® oil or WD-40®. Wipe off any excess oil when you need to use the tool and reapply whe[...]
I had a beautiful lunch today with Judie and Eddie, a couple of my co-workers. Our conversation turned to garage sales and buying other peoples’ jewelry. Turns out that Judie is a real garage-sale maven and often buys old jewelry and silverware just to turn it in for its scra[...]
Ok, confession time. My name is Yvonne, and I’m a jewelry hussy. By that I mean I love jewelry - ALL jewelry, and the shinier, the better. I wear jewelry all day, every day. If you are wearing jewelry, no matter what kind, be warned, I will ask to touch, feel, and admire it. At[...]
Halloween is fun at Rio Grande! A quick photo tour.
I’ve been at Rio Grande 10 years now and still feel absolutely blessed to be here. It remains the most challenging job I’ve ever had, but it all happens in the most supportive environment I’ve ever encountered.
CraftOptics are designed so your eyes naturally aim through the binoculars when you're working (looking down), and you get your normal, unmagnified view when you need to reach for something or...
I’ll probably be fired for this little revelation, but I don’t wear a lot of jewelry. And by a lot, I mean any. In fact, the first jewelry I put on was my wedding ring this past July. Of course, now my finger rebels at the alien feeling of the thing, so I make up a lot of exc[...]