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Master Your Stone-Setting Techniques with TrendSetter Wheels

Jun 4, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Have you ever wished you had a way to quickly and affordably set stones over and over again in order to master a specific stone-setting skill? The skills and craftsmanship of jewelry making requires this type of learning by repeatedly doing.

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TrendSetter Wheel for prong setting

Blaine Lewis, founder and president of the New Approach School for Jewelers, understands this. He spends his days teaching advanced stone setting among other essential skills for jewelers. In response to the need for repetition, Blaine invented TrendSetter Wheels to help students master popular stone-setting techniques.

Below is a video of Blaine demonstrating his innovative TrendSetter Wheels. These ingenious wheels are available at Rio Grande in multiple versions—wheels for practicing channel, bead, bezel, prong, pavé, and flush setting in different shapes, as well. Each wheel comes with CZs for practicing. And if you buy them before our Great Big Tools & Equipment Sale ends, you’ll get a bargain on them too!

Stone setting is hard work. To succeed, it takes precision and patience. My first jewelry-making class was a basic stone stone-setting class. I found it to be therapeutic because it forced me to slow down and focus. For more on patience and precision, check out this video we posted on The Studio a couple weeks ago, also featuring Blaine Lewis: Precision Bur Control While Setting Gemstones.

With precision, patience, and plenty of practice, you’ll be able to stone-set with your eyes closed. Well, that might be a slight exaggeration—but hey—I think maybe I'm onto something for our next contest...

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The Color Clash—Purple and Orange: They’re Better Together

Apr 28, 2014
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Heather Apodaca
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Purple and orange. They’re bold. They’re daring. They’re two colors you might think clash, but don’t make enemies of them quite yet. With the color-blocking craze going on everywhere and both hues playing a starring role in recent trends reports, these former bold-faced rivals are quickly becoming the best of friends. Check out The Studio today for purple and orange inspiration!

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Non-Traditional Engagement Rings: Are Diamonds Still Forever?

Apr 2, 2014
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Heather Apodaca
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Wedding season is almost upon us. And while diamonds are usually the darlings of the jeweler’s bench during this time of year, more and more couples are requesting sapphires, rubies, topaz, and other colored stones for their engagement rings. Will your work reflect this colorful trend? Check out The Studio today to get inspired!

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Spark Your Creativity: Five Jewelry Exhibits Not to Miss!

Feb 6, 2014
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Heather Apodaca
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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.

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Pantone 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Dec 12, 2013
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Heather Apodaca
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Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year, intrigues the eye, sparks the imagination, and glows from within. Perfect for jewelry, accessories and fashion!

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Consumer Alert: Know the Facts About Undisclosed Synthetic Diamonds!

Nov 20, 2013
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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.

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TorusRing™ Gemstones—Out of This World!

Mar 4, 2013
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Self-taught gem carver and visionary jewelry artist Glenn Lehrer’s latest creation, the TorusRing™ gemstone explodes the familiar model of the “expected” gem cut. Inspired by the torus, one of nature’s most prevalent forms, this cut itself creates a torus. His gorgeous gemstones are available now, along with exclusive-to-Rio TorusRing™ mountings. Check out The Studio today to learn more!

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On the Road with Rio: The Gems and Minerals Collection at the Smithsonian

Jan 16, 2013
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Come On the Road with Rio’s very own Amy Dalness who recently visited the Gem and Mineral Collection at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.!

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Rio Grande’s Latest Addition: The 2013 Gems & Findings/Display & Packaging Catalog

Sep 5, 2012
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Did the stork arrive at your doorstep yet? You know, the mythical bird bringing the bouncing bundle of joy that is the 2013 Gems & Findings/Display & Packaging catalog? Okay, perhaps the latest Rio catalog is not your baby, but it surely is ours. After seven months of production, thousands of man (and woman!) hours, and hundreds of pots of coffee, the 2013 G&F/D&P catalog came into the world (and hot off the press) on June 20, 2012.

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Verifying Our Gemstone Vendors

Aug 20, 2012
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One question we’re often asked is where our gemstones come from, so I thought Rio Grande customers might like to know about an initiative we have been pursuing: buying gemstones from reputable firms and ensuring the production of those stones causes no human suffering. Here’s how we do it.

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