Would you like to win a little extra cash to spend at Rio? In a new series of blog posts called “What are You Working on Now?”, The Studio asks readers to share photos and descriptions of their works-in-progress. Each month we’ll choose a winner from among our entries add $10 credit to their Rio account! Take a look at this month’s winner and then share something special from your own bench.
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The unique properties of Argentium® silver distinguish it from traditional sterling silver, but despite all the advantages that it offers, many jewelers are hesitant to give it a try. In today’s post, Cynthia Eid –an Argentium® silver master, shares encouragement, tips, and examples of what’s possible with this innovative alloy.
Have you ever considered selling your creations in an Etsy shop of your very own? Rio’s own Amy Dalness just opened her first Etsy shop to do that very thing. Take a look at her tips, information, and encouragement for first-time Etsy sellers!
You can give lampworked beads a polished and sparkling finish by lining them with silver tubing. Eleanore Macnish and Mark Nelson show you how!
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. . .
From Netscape to streaming video, our website has come a long way in 15 years. Laugh with us at the glorious mid-90s and then fill out our survey and help us make riogrande.com even better. You could win $100 in Rio Grande credit!
It is a tremendous time-saver to have the right tools within reach, but how does one sort through so many plier and cutter choices? In this video, Mark Nelson walks us through basic plier and cutter options and then he gets into some of the coolest specialty pliers.
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. . .
We’ve been busy at Rio Grande updating our website with more features than ever before. With so many changes it would be easy to miss a few, so read on to get the full scoop.
In this clip from volume 2 of Basic Jewelry Hammering and Forming with Bill Fretz, Bill shares great hammering technique and demonstrates planishing with the Fretz HMR-1 Hammer and the Fretz anvils. . .
Creating a beautiful jewelry display can be just as challenging as creating the jewelry itself! We talked to a longtime local jewelry shop about the display ideas that keep their foot traffic high year after year.