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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. Last year, I snuck away from work for a couple hours and got to see what all of this excitement was about. Based on my observations, here are five reasons you need to be there:

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Rich discussions are what the Symposium is known for.

  1. Know-How
    Speakers at the Symposium uncover information, insights and know-how that is hard to find anywhere else. The learning opportunities are endless and deepen exponentially through discussions and conversations about how cutting-edge research affects the industry.
  2. Personal and Professional Networking
    Santa Fe Symposium attracts jewelers and non-jewelers alike from far and wide, creating the ultimate pool of like-minded jewelry professionals and artists. The shared experiences at the Symposium create bonds that thrive beyond three days and carry over from one year to the next. And with the growth of social media, the ability to maintain those bonds is more reliable than ever before.
  3. Problem Solving
    You’ll be able to take what you learned and bring fresh ideas to address your challenges back home. At the Symposium, you’ll be surrounded by people who face some of the same challenges you do.
  4. Sharing of Ideas and Knowledge
    What started in Santa Fe, NM in 1987, due to a lack of available information in the field of jewelry manufacturing, has built momentum to this day. The best part of this event is the sharing of information that occurs. The feeling that we’re all in this together is what drives the event year after year.
  5. The Saul Bell Design Award Competition Gala Awards Dinner!
    This year, for the first time, the Saul Bell Design Award dinner will be held at Santa Fe Symposium! The awards dinner honors jewelry artists who push the boundaries of their craft. You’ll be there to see innovation come full circle—from creative technology to creative design!

From bench myths to the latest scoop on DMLS, the topics planned for this year will propel you to the cutting edge of the industry. There is something here for everyone. Don’t miss out on this year’s powerhouse of ideas. If you are a lifelong learner who keeps up with the fast pace of your industry, then this is the event for you.

Register now to attend the 28th annual Santa Fe Symposium. And stay tuned for a sneak peek at the topics and speakers …

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Welcome to Rio Grande’s Annual Winter Workshop!

Jan 23, 2014
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Amy Cliser
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Rio Grande’s annual Winter Workshop starts this Sunday, and we are busy setting up benches, cameras for close-ups of instructors’ work, Foredom® flex shafts, anvils, 3DESIGN® software–you name it! Follow our excitement this week as we bring you highlights of this GREAT event where participants hone their skills with some of the very best teachers in the industry, mingle and crowd around workbenches in the demonstration area, exchange jewelry-making experiences and tips, bond with each other over wonderful meals, and get a behind-the-scenes look at Rio’s facilities.

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Rio Grande’s 2014 Winter Workshop Series: Registration is Open!

Nov 13, 2013
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Shelby Chant
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Registration is now open for this week-long event where you can get hands-on in any number of jewelry-making classes taught by the industry’s most beloved and talented instructors, watch demonstrations of the tools and processes that will enhance your work at the bench, and tour our 180,000 square-foot solar-powered facility. What a great way to experience Rio firsthand and start 2014 with a shot of creativity and learning!

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Winter Wonderland—er Workshop—at Rio Grande

Oct 24, 2013
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Viqui Sanchez
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Rio Grande is here after the holidays with an exciting array of new and returning classes for you in the 2014 Winter Workshop series. Make a day or two of it, or plan to take a whole week! The classes, demonstrations and tours lined up for the week of Winter Workshop give you lots to choose from. Gain a new skill—or hone a skill you’ve already got. Browse through today’s post to find out more, and reserve your seat early!

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Rio Shines at NMJA’s All That Glitters Event

Oct 7, 2013
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Viqui Sanchez
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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!

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Education at Rio Grande: PMC Classes for Everyone!

Sep 19, 2013
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Amy Cliser
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Rio Grande offers PMC (precious metal clay) classes for the beginner as well as the advanced PMC artist. If you’re not familiar with PMC, you’ve got to check it out! This medium can be formed, rolled, carved, filed and then fired (in a kiln or with a torch). Coming up this fall, we will be offering two PMC classes in Albuquerque at Rio Grande. Join us! You’ll enhance your skills and leave the classroom wondering why you didn’t take these classes sooner­­­­.

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Beautiful New Mexico in Wintertime

Dec 14, 2011
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Molly Therese Bell

Here at Rio, we’re glad to live in beautiful New Mexico. Take a look at few stunning shots of our enchanted home in wintertime, and bundle up for a nippy walk in your part of the world! Happy Holidays.

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Experience Rio Firsthand: Join us for Rio’s 2nd Annual Rio In Motion

Nov 21, 2011
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Mike Schelle
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Come to Albuquerque this January for a one-of-a-kind jewelry-making event! Rio In Motion is a week full of classes, tool and equipment demos, guided tours of Rio Grande and more…

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Full of Hot Air

Oct 5, 2011
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Mark Shipman
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In addition to being home for Rio Grande, Albuquerque is also known as the Hot Air Balloon Capital of the World. Every October the city hosts The International Balloon Fiesta. Starting with just 13 balloons in 1972, the fiesta celebrated its 40th anniversary this year with more than 600 balloons aloft. . .

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It’s Autumn in New Mexico!

Sep 26, 2011
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Molly Therese Bell

New Mexico is gorgeous all year, but for many of us, autumn is the most spectacular time. Take a look and you’ll know why New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment. . .

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