Travel in time back to March of 2003. Jeweler, teacher and world-traveler Ronda Coryell had just won first place in the silver category of the 2002 Saul Bell Design Award competition. Eight years after that interview, literally to the day as I write, I learn that Ronda’s love for what she does, both as a jeweler and a teacher, has gained even more momentum. And it’s all due to the courting of that new metal alloy: Argentium® Silver. . .
“I don’t like doing things simple. I like a challenge. I like to be pushed.” Wendy Toman Oestreicher is one of those folks who like to be intrigued by something they’ve seen or thought of, then just dive right into trying it . . .
Shortly after I was first hired here at Rio, I experienced my first Rio Associate Arts and Crafts Fair. I was so excited to see what kind of jewelry my creative colleagues were making and selling and was amazed by the beautiful craftsmanship and uniqueness of it all. But, there was one piece I came across…
This weekend found us wandering the higher elevations of the Jemez Mountains. The forecast was gorgeous, allowing us to enjoy the day without being buried in winter gear. Just a couple of layers and our snowshoes…and no TVs! We would either do the 5-mile hike to the San Antonio Hot Springs near La Cueva or the 8-mile hike to the top of Los Griegos Peak. Being the perennial early bird, I was ready to leave by 7:00am, only to walk laps around the house waiting for Miss Thing to pull it together. She mentioned something about not being rushed and leisurely enjoying her Saturday morning. A phrase that sounds like fingernails on a blackboard to me, but I own that, because I get a bit excited when it comes to the weekends!
We are really interested in learning about how our readers find their creative inspiration. Do you collect bits of nature and incorporate them into your work? Do you find inspiration in the details and textures of exotic faraway places? Wherever you find it, creativity — that spark that leads you in new and unexpected directions — is among the best things in life.
Yesterday’s sunrise here in Albuquerque blew our socks off! So much, in fact, that several Rio Grande associates were moved to take pictures of the magnificent show and share them with all of us at the company.
Our guest contributor this week is Mike Ross. Mike has been the safety coach at Rio Grande for many years and, in his free time, he leads an enviable life of excitement and adventure. Each weekend, he and his wife embark upon adventures that take full advantage of the natural beauty and wonder of New Mexico. Most Mondays, he sends an email to all of us at Rio in which he describes his adventures and shares his breathtaking pictures.
Eva Martin is a storyteller. But rather than using words on a page, she embeds them in her jewelry designs.
She gets to know her clients very well, through emails and conversations. And she gets to the heart of their stories to design pieces that will come to life with such deliberate meaning. “I find this storytelling one of the most exciting and satisfying parts my job,” she says…
Sometimes, however, jewelry surprises and delights me by doing something more than simply being beautiful. An aunt of mine has a ring that was given to her by her father back in the early 1970s. She adores the ring, partly for the sentimental connection it holds, but also because its a show-stopper!
I often think about how many memories are tucked away in my jewelry box. Beyond the aesthetic appeal of each piece, my jewelry is more fun to wear because each has it’s own “story”. Adding to the pleasure my jewelry brings, is the extra special gratitude I feel when a piece brings a nice compliment from others…
Ok, confession time. My name is Yvonne, and I’m a jewelry hussy. By that I mean I love jewelry – ALL jewelry, and the shinier, the better. I wear jewelry all day, every day. If you are wearing jewelry, no matter what kind, be warned, I will ask to touch, feel, and admire it. At times I think I may need professional help, because I think about jewelry ALL the time. It’s been an obsession of mine since I was a kid.