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Rio Grande’s New TurnAbout™ Metal Displays Offer More than Meets the Eye

May 28, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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I am a mega fan of anything that is multi-functional and/or versatile. If I can do more than one thing with an object, that makes me happy. When I stumble upon such things, I want to tell everyone I know. For instance, while I was searching online for a wireless waterproof speaker, I stumbled upon a shower head with a speaker in it! Heck, why not get both in one shot, right?

One of my proudest finds recently was an art/coffee/Lego table. Best purchase ever!

So, today we are wrapping up the Gems & Findings catalog production and I just wanted to share a new item that I am impressed with for the same reasons listed above. At first glance, these seemed like ordinary metal displays. But upon further examination, I found them to be quite extraordinary.

Metal displays are a popular choice among jewelers for many reasons. The most apparent of which is that they're long lasting and durable. But, what if I told you that you can get metal displays that are also versatile and can easily be taken apart for travel?

Our new TurnAbout™ metal displays offer durability, versatility, and a pleasing-to-the-eye design. Earrings, necklaces and bracelets can be displayed all at once on the combination display:

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TurnAbout Wire and Block Displays are a terrific choice for trade shows, because they're so easy to disassemble for travel.

I also discovered recently that curved edges are subconsciously more pleasing to the eye than squared edges. The curves lead the eyes piece by piece in a nice subtle way, which is exactly what you want your displays to do. And for added versatility, these displays can be ordered in either a black-stained wood or a natural wood clear-finish.

Have you made any great purchases recently that offer you versatility or multi-functions? Does your new find save you time in your jewelry making business? If so, tell us about them!

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Business Know-How with Marlene Richey: Post-Show Savvy—Ten Things to Take Away

Apr 17, 2014
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Marlene Richey
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In this final installment of Marlene Richey’s “Doing a Show” series, she reminds us that the show isn’t over until it’s over and she shares a great list of ten take aways that can help you get successful outcomes from a show sometimes long after the event is over. Grab a pencil and get ready to take some notes and then knock some socks off at your first (or your next) big show!

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Santa Fe Symposium: Not Just for Manufacturers

Mar 11, 2014
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Bernadette Bennett
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Even though Santa Fe Symposium started as a forum for manufacturers—and still benefits them in a crucial way—it also attracts a wide variety of people whose lives have been positively altered by their penchant for making jewelry. From the emerging artist to the manufacturing guru, this event is well known among jewelers as the powerhouse of jewelry innovation. Learn more about what’s happening at this year’s event, and then register to join us!

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Business Know-How with Marlene Richey: Doing a Jewelry Trade Show—It’s Show Time!

Feb 20, 2014
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In Marlene Richey’s first two posts on “Doing a Show,” she helped you apply, be accepted to, and prepare for your first jewelry trade show. In today’s post, she shares the nitty gritty on what you can expect at the show Itself—it’s show time!. Marlene has the experience and wisdom to break it down for you! Grab a notebook and get ready to take some notes and then knock some socks off at your first (or your next) big show!

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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. Here are five reasons you should come!

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Business Know-How with Marlene Richey: Doing a Jewelry Trade Show—You’ve Been Accepted, Now Prepare!

Jan 16, 2014
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In Part Two of Marlene Richey’s multi-part series on “Doing a Show,” she helps you prepare for your first big wholesale or retail show! Good preparation is key to a great outcome and Marlene has the experience and wisdom to break it down for you! Grab a notebook and get ready to take some notes and then knock some socks off at your first (or your next) big show!

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Business Know-How with Marlene Richey: Doing a Jewelry Trade Show—Why to Do It and How to Begin

Dec 18, 2013
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Marlene Richey’s next four Business Know-How posts will be dedicated to successful exhibiting at either wholesale or retail jewelry shows. Today, she dives into Part One with a list of the reasons to exhibit at a show and lots of great advice about the application process!

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JCK Las Vegas 2013: The Recap

Jun 3, 2013
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Amy Cliser
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This weekend, I attended my first JCK show—and wow, was there a lot to take in. Rio Grande’s booth was chock-full of tools and equipment—and the “Rio Superstars” who demonstrated them to scores of interested individuals asking, “So, how does this work?” The air was filled with the great energy of questions, sharing, and “ah-ha!” moments.

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All I Really Need to Know I Learned at MJSA Expo

Mar 18, 2013
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We are just returning from the 2013 MJSA Expo in New York. MJSA Expo is the perfect arena for all kinds of jewelry-related information sharing and today, The Studio is honored to have MJSA Director of Public Affairs, Peggy Jo Donahue, share what she saw and learned at this year’s show!

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A Gearhead’s Dream: The International Manufacturing Technology Show

Dec 19, 2012
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Krista Klein
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Krista and friends drool over the latest in every kind of technology—plasma welding, hydroforming, automated production systems, gear generations, three-dimensional printing on a massive scale—the list goes on and on! Check out her discoveries at IMTS in Chicago. . .

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