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Hosted by a rotating collection of experts from Rio Grande's Jewelry Tech Team, the For the Love of Jewelers Podcast delves into the intimate world of jewelry making. Through candid interviews with leaders and influencers in the field, we uncover the journeys, inspirations and challenges that shape their work. Whether you're a seasoned jeweler seeking fresh perspectives or an aspiring artisan looking for guidance, join us as we explore the intersection of artistry and business in the jewelry ...
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Sometimes you need a coach in your corner. Here at Hupp Jewelers, we make it easy. We have the answers to all your jewelry-buying questions. Hear from Hupp Jewelers owner, Angela Peterson for tips and tricks to buying and caring for fine jewelry and watches. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jim-peterson/support
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Welcome to The Jeweler’s Philosophy podcast! This show is for jewelry designers and artist’ who want to learn how to achieve their artistic goals in a way that lets us get our message, our products, and our services out to the world… and be MORE than profitable along the way. Do you have what it takes to demand more from yourself, to pursue your artistic goals and the financial freedom necessary to manifest and TRULY achieve them? Learn from Mark Farrell, known the world over for his high-en ...
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Rio Grande Jewelry Tech Team member, Shane Hendren, and Fiona Morrison of Rio's sales team talk shop and answer your jewelry-making questions. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3u2Bnwf-959Wako0Dk93TA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/riogrande/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jewelrysupplies Topics covered in this episode: 1) Casting…
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Rio Grande Jewelry Tech Team members Shane Hendren and John Sartin talk shop and answer your jewelry-making questions. Join us every Tuesday at 11 am MT for Tech Team Tuesdays on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3u2Bnwf-959Wako0Dk93TA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/riogrande/ Facebook: https://www.fa…
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Rio’s Education Coordinator, Mark Nelson, joins Rio Tech Team member Shane Hendren to talk shop and answer your jewelry-making questions. In this episode, Mark shares the incredible story of Jacob Morgan's journey to Bhutan to teach stamp-making and stamping to students of the Bhutan School of Metalsmithing Arts. For more information about the Bhut…
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Rio Grande Jewelry Tech Team members Shane Hendren and Gregg Burgard talk shop and answer your jewelry-making questions. Join us every Tuesday at 11 am MT for Tech Team Tuesdays on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3u2Bnwf-959Wako0Dk93TA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/riogrande/ Facebook: https://www.…
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Alicia Goodwin joins co-hosts Paulene Everett and Scott Bradford on this For the Love of Jewelers episode. She is the owner and creative force behind her business—Lingua Nigra. Alicia’s vibrant energy is contagious as they discuss her intense passion for raw, sculptural design and the influence of Mesoamerica and other historical jewelry on her wor…
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Rio Grande Jewelry Tech Team members Shane Hendren and Scott Bradford talk shop and answer jewelry-making questions from viewers on the latest episode of Tech Team Tuesday. Topics include CAD Design, 3D Printers, favorite tools and more. Do you have a question you would like answered? Leave it in the comments or reach out via email at podcast@riogr…
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Rio Grande Tech Team members Shane Hendren and Paulene Everett talk shop and answer jewelry-making questions from viewers on the latest episode of Tech Team Tuesday. Topics include permanent jewelry, arc welding, jewelry education, favorite tools and more. Do you have a question you would like answered? Leave it in the comments or reach out via ema…
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Peter Gilroy, owner of Bonny Doon Tools in Taos, New Mexico, joins Rio Grande Jewelry Tech Team member Shane Hendren on the latest For the Love of Jewelers Podcast episode. Peter shares how he balances the many hats he wears running a two-person operation at Bonny Doon as well as his passion for creating unique, timeless pieces for his customers. J…
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Shane Hendren and Phil Scott of the Rio Grande Jewelry Tech Team answer customer questions weekly on Tech Team Tuesday. In this episode, they discuss engraving, stone setting and other questions from our viewers. Be sure to join us live each week at 11 a.m. MT on our YouTube and Facebook profiles to learn more about jewelry-making techniques, tools…
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Middle and high school jewelry programs are booming across America as upcoming generations discover this captivating artform that combines creativity, critical thinking and endless potential! This episode of For the Love of Jewelers welcomes Bryan Petersen of Bozeman High and Stacie Smith of Gallatin High School—two enthusiastic Rio for Schools ins…
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Kicking off season five, our For the Love of Jewelers Podcast co-hosts, Paulene Everett and Shane Hendren, chat with the 2023 Fall Design Challenge Winner, Benjamin Claus. Tune in as they discuss the concept and inspiration behind his prizewinning design, Divine Feminine Rising. They discuss his path to jewelry making, the joy of connecting to othe…
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Boline Strand, artisan and winner of the For the Love of Jewelers Summer Earring Challenge, draws creative inspiration from the minimalist traditions of Denmark while exploring themes of growth and transformation in sculptural jewelry design. With a background in painting and mosaic work, she experiments with form and color through traditional gold…
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Meet the co-founders of New York City Jewelry Week, Bella Neyman and JB Jones. With a Master of Arts in History of Design and Curatorial Studies, Bella is an established historian, independent curator and journalist specializing in contemporary jewelry and currently serves as the mastermind of programming for NYCJW. JB Jones employs her background …
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Peter Gilroy is an industry innovator and artisan forged by his passion for rock climbing and self-inspired mantra, “Choose adventure.” After working during summers for his uncle, master goldsmith Phil Poirier, and internalizing years of jewelry-making knowledge, Peter now owns Bonny Doon Hydraulic Presses and Tooling. Additionally, he runs his own…
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Jeweler, entrepreneur and influencer Nick Noyes creates one-of-a-kind heirloom jewelry designs, favoring high-karat gold, a stunning spectrum of custom-cut colored gemstones and intricate hand engraving. After years of creating handcrafted wire-wrapped jewelry to sell on the music-festival circuit, Nick attended the New Approach School for Jewelers…
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In Swahili, moyo means heart. Monica Stephenson, founder of ANZA Gems, founding collaborator of two NGOs—PACT and the Tanzania Women’s Miners Association (TAWOMA) of Moyo Gems—and President of the Board of Ethical Metalsmiths has devoted her career to responsible and fair-mined jewelry practices. A documentary film project in East Africa led her to…
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Sarah Sides, CEO and owner of Love Weld and Permanent Jewelry Solutions (PJS) has experienced exponential growth since 2020. Her national Love Weld brand, currently in eight different locations across the United States, anticipates nearly doubling its storefronts by the end of 2023. Its sister-company PJS teaches welding safety and permanent jewelr…
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Writer, journalist and curator Vikki Tobak is the author of Contact High and Ice Cold: A Hip-Hop Jewelry History. In collaboration with pioneering jewelers, rappers and other industry artists, her work—of provocative essays and poignant photography—documents the creative subculture within hip-hop. “Early jewelers had to understand something about h…
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CEO of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), John W. Ford, Sr. states, “that if you’re in the sale of colored gems, you need to be associated with ethically-sourced gems.” At the helm of an organization whose members share this mine-to-market mentality, John confidently knows that every AGTA gemstone, “comes with ethics. It comes with disclosu…
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Patricia “Trish” Carruth is a third-generation jeweler, custom engagement ring specialist and owner of Your Personal Jeweler in Royal Oak, MI. Her exposure to the industry began as a young child in her grandfather’s jewelry pawn shop. There, Trish developed a fascination with engagement and wedding jewelry, and the stories that brought these pieces…
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Nellie Barnett, corporate communications manager for the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), co-founder and communications chair for the Black in Jewelry Coalition (BIJC) and founder of NellBells Fitness discusses equity in the jewelry industry. In this episode, Nellie sits down with host Courtney Gray to discuss the history of BIJC and its Tog…
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Jeanette Caines, director of Jewelry Arts, Inc. in New York City shares her secret to becoming a renowned master goldsmith. “Once you learn to control the flame (…), that's your universe. You can control anything,” she says. Her bench of knowledge is deep—beyond her well-documented expertise in ancient jewelry-making techniques. Jeanette authored #…
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Rich Youmans, publisher at MJSA and executive director at the MJSA Education Foundation shares about collaboration, connection and the renowned publication. “People come to us (…) to make their jobs…, their lives easier…, and to get that feel that we’re all working together to create something that’s better,” he says. Rich’s latest project is on re…
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Innovative jewelry artist and gallery owner Allen Aragon draws from traditional Navajo, Pueblo, Hopi and Acoma themes for his fresh approach to pottery and silversmithing. To create his signature jewelry, Allen sets intricate handmade ceramic paintings in sterling silver. Through his unique process, he creates one-of-a-kind earrings, rings, bolo ti…
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Kendria Thompson is a self-guided metalsmith, lapidarist and illustrator with a penchant for change. The owner of Solid Treasures also founded Metalsmiths for Change—a social advocacy group of artist donors that raise money through fundraisers and auctions in hopes of creating a better society. “We advocate (…) for racial and social justice through…
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Master goldsmith Tony Rodrigues is a 3D-manufacturing jewelry legend, the Vice President of Product Development for William Henry and co-founder of ZBrush Jewelry Workshop. An early adapter of CAD, Tony has been pushing boundaries and sharing strategies on sketching, sculpting, modeling and printing intricate jewelry designs. His detailed, sought-a…
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Viviana Langhoff, owner of Adornment + Theory in Chicago is an entrepreneurial artist, interior designer and activist. A fine jeweler, Viviana’s custom designs feature intricate metalwork, unexpected hues, antique stones and historical nods. With acute business savvy, a resilient voice and a sense of humor, Viviana has channeled many different desi…
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Karissma Yve is the founder and CEO of Gildform, a startup that connects artists and designers with innovative technology, allowing them to take their concepts from sketch to finished piece in a streamlined process. Karissma has won numerous awards including “Best Idea for Growth” from the New Economy Initiative, “Best Pitch” from Google-sponsored …
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Sam Alfano, certified master engraver, musician, photographer, instructor, author and watchmaking hobbyist demonstrates hand engraving and diamond setting techniques to students and enthusiasts around the world. Known for his intricate designs, precise details and flawless execution, Sam’s engravings—on guns, knives, jewelry and other metalwork—are…
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Jamie Schulze, director of operations for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) and enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe, organizes the world’s largest Native American art show—the renowned Santa Fe Indian Market. The annual event—celebrating its centennial year in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2022—draws an international crowd i…
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Jennifer Markas is the executive director of the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) and the former sustainability reporting manager for Tiffany & Co. The 2016 recipient of the New York Business Journal Women of Influence Award, her career has spanned the financial, creative and nonprofit industries—including as founder of Damsels in Design. “I've ne…
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For many years, lapidarist Chris Gage was known as Mr. Holly Gage, of Gage Designs. A well-respected chef in his own right, Chris accompanied his award-winning wife—a certified metal clay instructor—around the country and world providing delicious meals at her workshops and local retreats. But three years ago, he suffered a trauma so intense that i…
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Award-winning jeweler and certified metal clay instructor Holly Gage of Gage Designs is an active conference speaker and respected author on jewelry technique. While her creative journey began at a young age, it wasn’t until mid-adulthood that Holly learned more about her dyslexia and how art helped her to find her voice and speak clearly. “[M]y cr…
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Cause jeweler, writer and advocate for fair trade jewelry, Susan Wheeler is also the founder of the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference and the nonprofit Responsible Jewelry Transformative. Dedicated to working with certified and ethical supply chains—emphasizing a reduced impact on the environment and the safe working conditions for all jewelry…
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Bernd Stephan, a third-generation German gemstone manufacturer, shares the foundational story behind his family’s celebrated, international brand, Herbert Stephan KG. Having been taught the value of education and self-reliance by both his father and grandfather, who founded the company in 1932, Bernd studied English and French in order to communica…
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There comes a time for all of us, when we need to make a decision, so we can continue moving down the path. At their core, decisions come down to either gathering / grasping or purging / letting go. Often, we think that the more we gather the better we are. This is true to a point. It seems easier to gather than to let go, this is human nature. We …
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Look at the things you do now. If you were to make a list of all these things, how many of them would your younger self scoff at? You know all those things we told our parents we would “NEVER DO!” Or how about all the things we said we would let our kids do, and DON’T! It’s ok if you’re reading this and feel a little bad, know that we all do. When …
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The short answer is systems! Instead of always manning and running our machine (business), we build a mechanism or process that physically replaces us or the need for our input, because of the rules we have set forth, now we have freed the time needed to do that task. Systems are the great multiplier. With a system you can have 2 people yield that …
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Scott Hardy comes from a strong lineage of ranchers. Following a childhood spent cowboying, shoeing horses and welding, Scott’s love of handiwork led to his tinkering in jewelry for bridle saddles and buckles, and even some early attempts at engraving. Yet it wasn’t until Scott was told, “Man, do you need help,” by one of his horse jewelry idols, t…
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As artist we often think that our businesses are somehow so very different from other types of businesses. The truth is the biggest difference between the 2 is us. We all think that we are the only ones that can do all these things. We think that we are the only ones that are as creative as we are. We need to stop and look at all the businesses tha…
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If you never finish its never done. How many of us get super amped about new ideas? The big question is, what happened to the last big idea? If your anything like me, you get crazy great ideas all the time! Your unfinished pile is just as crazy as mine! It’s Full of ½ finished GREAT ideas! Now think about if you finished just one of those, and what…
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Believing in yourself is such an important thing. This is different than having faith in terms of religion. When we are talking about faith here, we are referring to believing in yourself and the things you hold to be true in your life. We need to have faith that the things we are doing will work out in our favor. It’s trusting that the things we a…
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Energy is palpable. This is most notable when we talk about feeling vibes, attitudes, or even kindred spirits. The fact is the things we focus or dwell on are the things we get more of! As a result, if we are always looking and seeing the bad shit, we will get more bad shit! Now, if we focus on good and positive, we will get more of that! What if w…
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There are always a lot of questions on how to find good people in business. If we can follow this one rule the rest seems to work itself out. Relationship First, Business Second, is all about the way we feel about the people we are choosing to do business with. As an artist a lot of our “Business” relationships, also make up our work. This episode …
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Fear is something that we all deal with in different ways. You can let fear make decisions for you like most people that never achieve their goals and dreams; or you can choose to make decisions for yourself. At the end of the day, it comes down to what’s more powerful, your desire to achieve great things or being afraid to even try because someone…
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We have talked about how as artists we are always working, because being an artist is a lifestyle, not a job. This is different this is about the guilt we feel when we are doing anything but working. That is unhealthy and unsustainable. This has nothing to do with being an artist, No, this has everything to do with the way our society makes us feel…
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It’s easy sometimes to get stuck where we are right now. The thing we need remember is that where we stand right now in time is just that, “right now” but soon it will be tomorrow, then last week, then last year. Keep in mind that the journey is long! It takes a lifetime! Enjoy! Mark Farrell “The Jeweler” For more info about growing your art-based …
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Join Hupp Jewelers owner, Angela Peterson, as she helps support the Hamilton County Humane Society by becoming a corporate sponsor. Listen to this week's podcast to hear about all the special events she has planned for our four-legged friends! Although some may only have three. Or two. We don't want to discriminate. Support the Humane Society at ht…
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It comes down to pushing yourself. Too often we think, because we make our products, that the only push that matters are physical. We push ourselves to try new techniques, tools, and materials. The truth is mental pushing is the facilitator for the physical push. Listen to this episode and learn how you can start using these in tandem so you can ac…
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