Argentium International has implemented a continuous research and development program to better understand the properties of Argentium silver alloys and learn how to optimize these properties for different applications. Today, on The Studio, Charles Allenden tells us about the fascinating evolution of Argentium – more reason to try this exceptional silver alloy.
Have you heard? Our Tech Support team is on Facebook! And every Tuesday they share tips, tricks, and shortcuts they’ve learned from years of working at the bench. Today’s collected tidbits are gems, so be sure to head over to The Studio and bring a pencil to take some notes!
Rio is a huge supporter of education in the jewelry industry and we’re overjoyed to announce the opening of Jewelry Studies International (JSI) in Austin, TX, by long-time friends of Rio, Ronda Coryell and Vasken Tanielian. JSI is focused on state of the art jewelry classes, certifications in 3Design CAD/CAM jewelry design and Jewelry Arts featuring Argentium® Sterling Silver. Check out our latest post on The Studio to learn more!
The unique properties of Argentium® silver distinguish it from traditional sterling silver, but despite all the advantages that it offers, many jewelers are hesitant to give it a try. In today’s post, Cynthia Eid –an Argentium® silver master, shares encouragement, tips, and examples of what’s possible with this innovative alloy.
This is part two of the book excerpt from Scott David Plumlee’s terrific book, Chain and Bead Jewelry Soldering Connections. In this excerpt, Plumlee demonstrates how to use the headpins from Monday’s post to create a pair of Beaded Triad Earrings. . .
In the following excerpt from Scott David Plumlee’s book, Chain and Bead Jewelry Soldering Connections, Scott shares a great approach to making silver headpins from Argentium Silver wire. . .
A conversation with young jewelry designer Haley Holeman, a 2008 Saul Bell Design Award Emerging Artist winner. Haley mixes media in many of her vibrant jewelry designs, everything from Argentium® Silver with glass…
JCK 2011 is in the history books, and what a show it was! For those of you who were in Vegas and visited the Rio booth, thanks for stopping by. For those who weren’t able to attend, here’s a taste of the show for you. . .
With a Swanstrom disc cutter, a mallet, and a ring mandrel, you can create simple, beautiful rings in minutes. Make a continuous, seamless ring from a sheet of mokumé gane, the Japanese alloy metal made with several layers of gold, silver, and copper. . .
In the following video Mark Nelson demonstrates the use of a simple fold forming technique to create a sculptural three-dimensional form in silver. . .
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 for what she does, both as a jeweler and a teacher, has gained even more momentum. And it’s all due to the courting of that new metal alloy: Argentium® Silver. . .
Here in Tech Support some of the most interesting, fun, and challenging parts of our job is to evaluate and review new tools and equipment. But we don’t just review tools, we’re also constantly searching for new and innovative techniques that we can share with fellow jewelers. This past year we had the pleasure of testing dozens of new items and taking classes that expanded our jewelry universe. Between the testing and classes, a few tools and techniques struck us as being so cool that we want to sing about them from the mountaintop…