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?
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!
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.
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.
Ready to take your Argentium® Silver designs to a whole new level? Want a chance to work side-by-side with one of the world’s foremost experts on this incredible alloy? Looking to add a little color to your metal designs? Or are you one of those jewelry makers who always wants to learn something new? If you answered yes to any (or all!) of these questions, come to Rio in March for our newest class—Torch Enameling on Argentium Silver, taught by gifted instructor and Argentium expert Ronda Coryell.
Rio Grande Winter Workshop 2014 is underway and we are having so much fun with our guests from around the globe! Today Amy chatted with participant Dana Schneider, a jewelry designer whose name is on the minds of every costume designer in the L.A. film scene. Dana’s creations can be seen in multiple films, on television, and are worn by some of the most famous performers in Hollywood and beyond. Take a look and be inspired by Dana’s fun story, then come back all week as we bring you other highlights from Winter Workshop 2014!
Like everyone else in the blogosphere, we spent the last week looking back at 2013. Here at The Studio that involved digging through the hundreds of posts we created over the past year, rereading our favorites and delving into the data to find out which posts our beloved readers (that’s you!) visited the most.
The Saul Bell Design Award Gala celebration will happen right here in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico, in May of 2014. And the timing is excellent! The celebration will take place in conjunction with one of the most prestigious and mind-expanding events in our industry—The Santa Fe Symposium!
We’re sharing our holiday schedule so you can plan ahead—make sure you’ve got your orders placed in plenty of time to make this holiday season a great one!
One week ago today, we posted a story about the Bell family, master metalsmith Shane R. Hendren, rare and beautiful Stormy Mountain turquoise, and the Montezuma Ball auction. As promised, today we’re here to bring you an image of the gorgeous Shane R. Hendren necklace and earring ensemble that was sold by auction at the Ball, as well as the video interview with Shane. Read this exciting story and you’ll know why we’re counting our blessings! Happy Thanksgiving wishes to all our friends!
Reports of undisclosed synthetic diamonds being sent in to GIA and other grading labs indicates that some people are striving to get false documentation to perpetrate fraud on the public. The De Beers Group of Companies has published a booklet titled, “Undisclosed Synthetics,” that gives their clients the information they need to be vigilant in preventing any synthetic diamonds from passing through them into consumer’s hands. Check out today’s post to learn more about this important consumer alert.
Did you know that many of the base metal products offered by Rio Grande are sustainable, made from reclaimed and recycled material? It’s true, and we couldn’t be happier to be able to share that news with other jewelry-makers who care, as we do, about this issue. Take a look at today’s post to find out more!