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Have you signed up for Rio’s annual Winter Workshop yet? Get to know John Sartin, who will be teaching a two-day intensive on textures and treatments that will enrich your designs and expand your conceptions of jewelry. This class is a must for beginning metalsmiths!

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Today’s “Influencers in Jewelry Design” post continues a series by Marlene Richey that celebrates the most influential and important shapers of contemporary jewelry design. This time, Marlene spotlights the extraordinary talent and groundbreaking contributions of George Sawyer. George was the first to bring gold mokumé gane to the market as jewelry and the first to use precious metals in his patterning. How has George’s work influenced you? Join the conversation—we want to hear your jewelry Influencer stories!

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A 2013 Forbes survey found that “those customers who had customized a product online engaged more with the company. They visited its website more frequently, stayed on the page longer and were more loyal to the brand.” How can you, as a jeweler, tap into this craving for personalized goods? Read on and consider the myriad ways you can tap into this trend and make things personal!

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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. Since The Studio’s initial post about the Toolbox Initiative—a project that aims to provide West African jewelers with commercial tools and materials that are rarely available to them—Tim McCreight and Matthieu Cheminée have received donations of hundreds of tools and several ounces of silver to support the project. Read on to learn a little more about these skilled metalsmiths and to make a donation to this fantastic project.

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What inspires you these days? What materials have you been experimenting with? Nearly every month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invite readers to submit a picture or two and a description of what’s on their bench right now. Well, this month’s winner, Beth Beck, has won a $20 Rio credit, and December’s contest has officially begun—show us your stuff for a chance to win!

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Christi Anderson and Anna Mazon were winners in the Metal Clay category of the of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award and I recently had the good fortune of getting to know each of them a bit better. Read on to hear the stories behind these talented artists. Then begin thinking about what you’ll create for the 2016 Saul Bell Design Award competition!

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Today’s “Influencers in Jewelry Design” post continues a series by Marlene Richey that celebrates the most influential and important shapers of contemporary jewelry design. This time, Marlene spotlights the lasting impact of Alexander Calder and The Bauhaus, both of whom have had a far-reaching influence on industrial design, fine art, and jewelry making for decades. How have these design greats influenced you? Join the conversation—we want to hear your jewelry Influencer stories!

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Go behind the scenes and hear the story of another 2014 Saul Bell Design Award winner. Merry-Lee Rae took first place in the Enamel category and I spent some time getting to know her recently. Take a look to learn more about what makes Merry-Lee tick, then get started on your own masterpiece for the 2016 Saul Bell Design Award competition!

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In today’s post, Candace Gates shows you how to use BRONZclay and the Rebecca Chung “Mystic Manor” Dynasty texture sheet to create a beautiful book pendant that opens and closes.

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Ribbon is a simple and easy way to elevate your customer’s experience. It’s a lovely little touch that conveys kindness, leaves a lasting impression, and won’t require a huge investment of time. Today’s post gives you some ideas for using ribbon in creative ways to add a bit of flourish to every package that walks out the door.

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