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Jewelry Industry News: Enter the Annual Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition!

Apr 14, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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The 2014 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition is now accepting entries! In its third year, this competition is for those who love to produce the inspiring shapes and textures of foldforming sheet metal, a process whose invention is credited to Charles Lewton-Brain. It’s hosted by the Center for Metal Arts and sponsored by Art Jewelry magazine, Center for Metal Arts, The Ganoksin Project, and Rio Grande. Prizes include Rio Grande gift certificates, coverage in Art Jewelry magazine, exposure on Ganoksin, as well as a video to celebrate the winners. Don’t miss this chance to show the world your beautiful foldformed jewelry, sculpture, architecture, or functional objects. Entries must be submitted by June 16, so don’t delay!

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Yuka Okane Inoue’s Looking Up At The Sky II, first place winner in the 2013 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition

Entries will be judged by three industry notables, including none other than Charles Lewton-Brain, master goldsmith, foldforming pioneer, author, and head of the Jewellery/Metals Program at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Two other venerable judges include editor of Art Jewelry magazine Hazel Wheaton and Alan Revere, founder and director of Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. The winners will be announced on August 4 during Charles Lewton-Brain Foldforming Boot Camp at Center for Metal Arts in Florida, New York. We’ll be sure to keep you informed of the winners as information—including great photos—is released.

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Rauni Higson’s Persephone, 2nd place winner in the 2013 Lewton-Brain Foldforming Competition

So, what you are waiting for? Don’t hide your talent! Learn about the Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition and how to enter, and get those entries in! Submit beautiful images of your magnificent, innovative, well-crafted  foldformed pieces, and WOW some of the best creative minds in the industry! We can’t wait to see the winning pieces. We’ll keep our fingers crossed and we'll keep an eye out for you.

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Education at Rio Grande: PMC and Intermediate Stone-Setting Classes Coming in May

Mar 26, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Have you ever been disappointed to find that the end product of your jewelry design did not quite live up to what you had envisioned? Consider this: The more techniques you have at your disposal, the more satisfied you’ll be with your results. Rio Grande offers classes that can take your jewelry making to the next level. Read about three such classes coming up in May and then register before they fill up!

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The Incredible WHITE COPPRclay Contest!

Mar 24, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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A few weeks ago, Rio Grande released new WHITE COPPRclay™ from Metal Adventures, and the response has been tremendous! To celebrate the design options this clay offers, we are sponsoring a contest, and we invite to you enter by posting your WHITE COPPRclay™ jewelry designs—or expressions of love—to our WHITE COPPRclay™ Pinterest board! For all the details, check out today’s post on The Studio!

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What’s New? Jewelry News on Rio Grande’s Twitter Page

Mar 17, 2014
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Did you know that every day of the week, Rio Grande’s Twitter page is abuzz with jewelry industry news and Rio Grande updates? Your life is busy, so we want to make it simple for you to find interesting and relevant information in ONE place. Our Twitter feed delivers up-to-date news on the jewelry world and on the hottest Rio Grande products.

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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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Santa Fe Symposium: Not Just for Manufacturers

Mar 11, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Even though Santa Fe Symposium started as a forum for manufacturers—and still benefits them in a crucial way—it also attracts a wide variety of people whose lives have been positively altered by their penchant for making jewelry. From the emerging artist to the manufacturing guru, this event is well known among jewelers as the powerhouse of jewelry innovation. Learn more about what’s happening at this year’s event, and then register to join us!

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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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Olympic Inspiration: Gold Medals by the Numbers

Feb 26, 2014
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Heather Apodaca
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The closing ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics were held on Sunday, which means all the athletes are headed home with their gold, silver, and bronze hardware (U.S. athletes are bringing more than 25 medals back). This year a record number of medals were given out, thanks to the 12 new competitions added to this year’s games. And, being jewelers, that got us thinking, what exactly is the golden jewel of the Olympic games made of?

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Five Reasons to Attend Santa Fe Symposium

Feb 17, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Every year in May—this year May 18-21—the greatest minds of the jewelry industry convene in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Experts from around the world present their research, attendees listen intently, and everyone absorbs more priceless knowledge in just a few days than a desert soaks up in a hard rainfall. This yearly gathering of experts to discuss opportunities in the industry is the Santa Fe Symposium. Here are five reasons you should come!

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An Ethics Award for Rio Grande: One Employee’s Real-Life Tale

Feb 12, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Here at Rio, we all strive to do business in ways that honor our customers, community, environment, and one another. Saul Bell founded the company back in 1944 as a small family-run business and, though it has grown to have more than 300 employees and is now a proud member of the Berkshire-Hathaway family of companies, the company is still run by members of the Bell family, and it still feels like a family affair. Recently, we were surprised and elated to be recognized by The Samaritan Counseling Center as a recipient of one of its 15th Annual New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards. The award is based on “high standards and exemplary practices,” something Rio Grande strives for every day of the year.

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