The 2014 Saul Bell Design Award call-for entries campaign was kicked-off months ago, and just a few days ago, a panel of discerning and impressive first-round judges gathered at Albuquerque’s historic Los Poblanos Cultural Center to spend an entire day scrutinizing hundreds of entries, conferring with one another, and finally selecting five finalists in each of the competition’s categories! Check out The Studio today to learn more.
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!
Are you are looking for your your next jewelry-making class? Or perhaps your very first? Give yourself the gift of furthering your jewelry-making skills in a formal classroom, right here at Rio Grande! Our fall classes have been filling fast, but we still have some seats open in the next few months. Take a look at this list of terrific classes and then just come as you are—we provide all tools and materials!
You may be surprised to learn that the Federal Trade Commission classifies much of what you may consider “Made in the USA” jewelry, created in the United States, as being of foreign origin. In 1997, the FTC published an enforcement policy which outlines compliance standards for product origin claims. These standards pose problems for U.S. jewelry makers large and small.
Nickel in jewelry? The general public is showing a growing interest in the nickel content of the jewelry they buy. As a result, more and more of Rio Grande’s customers are asking us about the nickel content in our findings and fabrication metals. This is understandable since a significant number of people have allergic reactions to nickel. Take a look at today’s post to learn more!
So much more than mere chemistry, mokumé gane is a fusion of two or more metals that, when manipulated by skilled hands, creates intriguing patterned stock coveted by jewelry designers and collectors alike. Americans such as Phillip Baldwin, founder of Shining Wave Metals, are taking this Japanese craft to new heights.
Ronda Coryell, of Jewelry Studies International, teaches and explores jewelry across the globe. In today’s post, she shares tales—and beautiful photos—from her jewelry-making workshops in Bali, Switzerland, and Italy! Take a look and then head over to the JSI website to sign up for your own overseas jewelry adventure!
The five judges spread out among the finalists’ pieces as evenly as birds on a wire. Before long, they were working collaboratively, drawing on individual panel members’ strengths. Excitement builds as we count down the weeks until the winners of the 2013 Saul Bell Design Award competition are finally announced! Take a look at today’s post, to get a peek into the final judging event.
Rio Grande’s 2013 Tools & Equipment Catalog has officially debuted and its 754 pages are crammed with thousands of must-haves, really-wants and can’t-live-withouts. Aside from the copious amount of meticulously selected, tried-and-tested products, we here at Rio are especially proud to offer a catalog full of tips and tricks that answer common questions and offer helpful hints from our in-house experts.
Are you thinking about turning your jewelry-making skills into a full-time business? Or perhaps you already have taken that step and are discovering the million details that always seem to be invisible from the outside looking in? If so, there is a fun and exciting lifeline coming your way!
Rio Grande has reached another milestone in its long, steady growth! Learn about Rio’s exciting news and plans for the new year!
Krista and friends drool over the latest in every kind of technology—plasma welding, hydroforming, automated production systems, gear generations, three-dimensional printing on a massive scale—the list goes on and on! Check out her discoveries at IMTS in Chicago. . .