Top-drilled? Side-drilled? Up-drilled? Down-drilled? What the heck?? Every jewelry-related website seems to have its own way of defining or describing how a bead is drilled. Here’s a quick visual guide to how Rio Grande describes its drill styles. We hope it helps you quickly find the style you want.
Rio Grande’s product managers shop the world to bring you the most exciting new stuff out there. I asked each of them (there are five) to give me a product they’re excited about so we can share it with you. Take a look at what they chose!
Ever wonder why your order for however-many ounces of wire is always a little over or under what you ordered? The simple answer is: tolerances. Tolerances are developed to fit manufacturing capabilities and, while it is possible—even standard—to have tight (close) tolerances, a tolerance is, by definition, a variance between the intended and the actual.
Blaine Lewis and New Approach School for Jewelers recently opened its new home in Franklin TN, and we’re excited to tell you about this unique place!
Recently our website underwent a complete makeover, and one of the coolest updates, in my opinion, are the product review tabs! As a member of the machine operator team, I make some of this stuff, which means that you, the customer, have a direct line to me, the operator. Your product reviews are a powerful and valuable source of information!
The 2012 Tools & Equipment catalog is out! We hope you’ve enjoyed flipping through it and you’re finding everything you hoped to see and more. We’ve polled the Rio Product Managers who select our tools, and now present the top ten Tools & Equipment catalog pages you should NOT miss!
Rio Grande is proud to once again be a sponsor of the MJSA Expo in New York. MJSA is the show dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design. We’d like to see you there! Read on to unveil the Top 10 Reasons You Should Go to MJSA. . .
Metal stamping can be used to add a quality mark to your piece, but you can also stamp your work with an endless array of letters and symbols, or give it memorable flair with your very own signature stamp. In this video, Mark demonstrates stamping techniques and talks about many of the ways stamping can be used to enhance your work. Enjoy!
Today’s “Blogs We Love” installment features the blog of Becca Williams and two of her favorite work companions: Albie (her Swanstrom Disc Cutter), and Winnie (her Heart Cutter). Read on and be charmed!
What was the favorite purchase of some jewelers in 2011? This intentionally ambiguous question garnered quite the collection of responses from some of our jeweler friends!
The supply of diamonds tends to be plentiful for small stones, but extremely tight on really big diamonds. Consider buying diamonds in off-target carat sizes to get more value! Our diamond experts are are always eager to help you find the best stone for your needs. Learn more about diamond demand & supply. . .
Have you thought about using electroplating to enhance your work and/or save you money while metal markets are high? If so, take a look at these videos featuring the Midas Bath Plating Unit. It’s designed to give you the best possible results. . .