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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our April Contest!

Mar 27, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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Well folks, it's that time again! Each month we ask the question, "What Are You Working on Now?" and we eagerly await a peek at your jewelry bench! We love to see inside your studios and hear about how your work is evolving. Each month we also feature the work of a random winner—who, in addition to getting a moment in The Studio spotlight, wins a $20 Rio credit!

This month’s winner is Felicia Cinquegrana of Felicia Grace Designs in Block Island, Rhode Island. According to her website, Felicia Grace Designs, Felicia began her artistic path as a sculptor working on large-scale cast metal sculptures. “Somewhere along the line my love for large-scale metal work took a very ‘small’ turn and my love for jewelry was born." she writes, "Each piece is a tiny, unique sculpture, allowing me to be constantly creating something completely new.”

Here’s what Felicia has on her bench right now:

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I am currently finishing this Raw Montana Sapphire Sterling Silver Multi-Chain Bracelet. Uncut multi-colored sapphires bezel set and soldered onto sterling rolo chain. The chain almost flows like a river around the natural gemstones. Feels amazing on, with just a bit of weight and a lot of flow!

You can see more of Felicia's "tiny sculptures" at her website, Felicia Grace Designs, and her Etsy shop of the same name. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Now it's your turn to show us what you're working on. What inspires you these days? What materials are you dying to work with? Add a comment to this post with photos of something that's on your bench right now. This next part is REALLY important, so take notes!

To enter this contest, leave your comment RIGHT HERE in the comments on THIS BLOG POST. 

WE NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN ORDER FOR YOUR ENTRY TO BE CONSIDERED. 

  1. Your full name (and a link to your website/Etsy store, if you like).
  2. A photo of your chosen project. Include a few photos if you like!
  3. A description of the project you're featuring. If you can include a little about your approach or technique, even better! Your fellow jewelers LOVE to read this stuff and so do we.
  4. After you add your comment, be sure to check back and make sure your photo has uploaded as it should. We don't want to miss your pic!

Enter and you might be spending an extra 20 bucks at Rio Grande this time next month. Our next winner will be in the spotlight in April—Amy, over at Rio's facebook page will keep you posted on the deadline, so stay tuned!

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2014 Saul Bell Design Award: Spectacular Finalists Unveiled

Mar 13, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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Today, The Studio is thrilled to unveil the 35 finalist pieces of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition! Across seven categories and from nine different countries spanning the globe, this is the best of jewelry design and it brings us one step closer to the announcement of SBDA winners in May! Take a look and be inspired.

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Etsy Trends We Love: Shapely Jewelry

Mar 9, 2014
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Heather Apodaca
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Today at The Studio we talk with three jewelers (from three different continents!) whose work takes inspiration from the clean lines and simple forms of geometry. Shlomit Ofir of Shlomit Ofir Jewelry Design, Laura Geupin of SharpCloud, and Jess Jones of FawnAndRose are all creating Etsy Trends We Love –Check it out!

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Saul Bell Design Award Competition: Behind-the-Scenes at the 2014 Final-Round Judging!

Mar 5, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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Just a few days ago, a group of five esteemed judges gathered to share their expertise, scrutinize, and score the 35 finalist pieces of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition. Take a look behind-the-scenes as we inch closer to the gala awards event, here in Albuquerque this May, which will honor the extraordinary winners of this international celebration of the best in jewelry design.

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our March Contest!

Feb 19, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell
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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, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Megan Moss, has won a $20 Rio credit, and March’s contest has officially begun–show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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Spark Your Creativity: Five Jewelry Exhibits Not to Miss!

Feb 6, 2014
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Heather Apodaca
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Today at The Studio we bring you a little fodder for your creative soul. 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 spring and fall. From the Medieval to the avant-garde to the diamond-studded, the exhibits offer a little creative rejuvenation in the dark days of winter.

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What’s Hot Now: Rustic Chic Wedding Jewelry and Rio Grande’s Linen Displays

Jan 31, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Jewelers get ready—spring is coming! If you create wedding jewelry or you’d like to, outdoor woodsy weddings are all the rage! Weddings with a rustic chic, vintage revival, or country romantic theme are popping up everywhere. This inspiring outdoorsy theme is all about sunshine and fresh air—organic textures and rustic, handmade adornments, décor, and accessories. Rio Grande’s linen displays capture the elegant, rustic theme perfectly and will beautifully complement your wedding-themed jewelry!

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What Are You Working on Now? Show Us Your Stuff AND Enter Our February Contest!

Jan 22, 2014
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Molly Therese Bell

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, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Roberta Althiser, has won a $10 Rio credit, and February’s contest has officially begun–show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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Inside Rio: A Few of Rio Grande’s Favorite Customer Service Superstars

Jan 14, 2014
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Heather Apodaca
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Our Rio Superstars posts usually focus on the many talented jewelers who work on our technical support team. This week, we thought we would visit a different part of Rio and introduce you to just a few of the superstars from our customer service teams. First-rate customer service is one of the things we pride ourselves on here at Rio, so we are thrilled to introduce you to the people who make it all happen.

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Look at What You Can Do with Bonny Doon Hydraulic Metal Forming!

Jan 8, 2014
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Shelby Chant
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Ashli Brooke Taylor created her Baroque-inspired Copper Pendant using the Bonny Doon hydraulic press. This innovative and powerful tool allowed her to direct all hydraulic energy on the design rather than expending her own physical energy on forming the metal with a hammer. After you see Ashli’s beautiful results, you’ll be asking yourself what YOU can do with a Bonny Doon!

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