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Here at Rio Grande, one of our favorite places to go in search of inspiration and new ideas is museums. All that creative genius gathered in one place just makes us want to make something. Luckily for jewelers, there are a bevy of jewelry-focused exhibits this fall. From masterpieces steeped in centuries of tradition to the knife’s edge of avant-garde, there’s a treasure trove of inspiration for just about every type of jewelry admirer. These exhibits spark our creativity and we think they’ll spark yours too!

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Go behind the scenes and hear the stories of two more of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award winners. Zoltan David and Elysha Roberts were winners in the Alternative Metals/Materials category and I spent some quality time getting to know each of them recently. Take a look to learn more about what makes these talented artists tick, then head over and enter your own masterpiece in the 2015 Saul Bell Design Award competition!

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Today’s “Influencers in Jewelry Design” post is the second in a series that celebrates the most influential and important shapers of contemporary jewelry design. This time, Marlene Richey spotlights the profound influence of pioneering jewelry designer Ramona Solberg, who is considered to be the grandmother of Northwest found-art jewelry. Learn more about Ramona and then join the conversation—we want to hear your jewelry Influencer stories!

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What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest. It’s your chance to submit a picture and a description of what’s on your bench right now. This month’s winner, Kharisma Ryantori Sommers, has her work in the spotlight and October’s contest has officially begun—show us what’s on your bench for a chance to win a $20 Rio credit!

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Go behind the scenes and hear the stories of two more of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award winners. Aleksandr Maryaskin and Sue Aygarn-Kowalski took top honors in the Hollowware/Art Objects category and we spent some quality time getting to know each of them and share what we found in this post at The Studio.

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What are the pros and cons of running your jewelry business from home? Marlene Richey is the person to ask. She ran her own home-based jewelry design business for more than 30 years and she’s on The Studio today to give you the nitty gritty on what to expect when you work in the same place where you wear your bunny slippers!

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What does it take to be a WILDLY successful seller on Etsy? We wanted to know, so we asked Chuck Domitrovich of Down to the Wire Designs how he does it. Chuck shared five simple and effective suggestions that will help you make the most of your online selling experience!

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This inaugural “Influencers” post launches a series of articles, here on The Studio, that celebrate the most influential and important shapers of contemporary jewelry design. On a recurring basis, Marlene Richey will spotlight the story of an important influencer and she invites YOU to join the conversation! Share your unique perspective on the designer she spotlights and then tell us the story of those individuals in the jewelry world who have had the greatest impact on you as a jewelry artist!

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The Studio is delighted to introduce you to our Saul Bell Design Award winners…one category at a time! Today’s featured winner, Aneka Hausmann, placed in the Emerging Jewelry Artist category. Take a look to learn more about what makes this exceptional young artist tick and then check back in the coming weeks to see in-depth spotlights on more of our winners!

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A jeweler in West Africa will typically own a hammer, pliers or tweezers, and a few other odds and ends that they keep in a hand-made toolbox. They must rely on their ingenuity because commercial tools are rarely available. The Toolbox Initiative aims to address this imbalance. Jewelers and teachers Tim McCreight and Matthieu Cheminée formed The Toolbox Initiative to assist the metalsmithing community in West Africa and to recognize them for their kindness and generosity during the research for the book, Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa.

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