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.
PMC® Flex™, the latest innovation in metal clay from Mitsubishi Materials, gives you the luxury of time. Take your time as you work, roll, cut, shape this fine silver metal clay. The clay feels and behaves like other PMC varieties, it just lets you take advantage of a much longer working time—weeks, if need be! Find out more in the latest post at The Studio, Rio Grande’s blog.
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.
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.
Annie (also known as Andrea) Koenig won second place in the gold/platinum category of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition. She documented her artistic journey, from the first spark of the idea to enter the contest, through completing the piece and attending the awards dinner, on her website. Today, on The Studio, we share the second in a four-chapter series. Check back in the coming weeks to see more of Annie’s journey!
Annie (also known as Andrea) Koenig won second place in the gold/platinum category of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award competition. She documented her artistic journey, from the first spark of the idea to enter the contest, through completing the piece and attending the awards dinner, on her website. Today, on The Studio, see the first in a four-chapter series. Check back in the coming weeks to see more of Annie’s journey!
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!
On Saturday, November 23, the 2013 Montezuma Ball will hold an auction to benefit several worthy New Mexico non-profits . It will be an evening with a gorgeous, historically rich theme, The Year of Turquoise. The name and the cause lured Molly Bell, a Rio Grande director and daughter of founder Saul Bell, to dig into an old family treasure and elicit the talents of exquisite local jewelry artist, Shane R. Hendren.
Rio Grande, based in Albuquerque, NM, is a proud sponsor each year of the New Mexico Jewelers Association “All That Glitters” design competition, held annually at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. On September 28, as the 2013 winners were voted on and announced, that local talent was on full display. Find out more in today’s post!
John Sartin’s intricate, finely formed pieces are wearable art inspired by nature. Today, on The Studio, he shares where his inspiration comes from, which tools he loves best, and some beautiful examples of his work.