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!
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!
Today we present the second in our series of four posts about fall 2014 jewelry trends. By contrast with classic pearls, which we featured as our inaugural trend, today’s post switches gears and explores the pearl’s counterpoint: an edgier, darker look that was just as popular on the fall runways. We’re calling it “Underworld,” and we think you’re going to like it.
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.
According to the Spring 2015 Pantone Color Report, there’s a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum. Jewelers can and should use the report as a reference tool. Whether selecting a bead or enamel shade for a single piece or choosing a display or packaging theme for the entire season, it is helpful to know the palette consumers will be looking for in the coming months. Check out our Pantone-inspired picks!
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!
Seasonal trends can be hard to nail down and staying on top of them is a daunting task for a jeweler busy at the bench. But, like it or not, trends will drive your customers’ behavior, and having your hammer on their pulse can translate directly into sales. Today, on The Studio, see four of the fall season’s biggest trends and bring them from the catwalk to your jewelry bench.
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.