Our finished jewelry sets are ready to offer to your customers for simple upsells. These fashion jewelry favorites come in many fun themes across full sets of earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings. Choose from sterling silver finished jewelry sets, gold-plated necklaces and earrings and even trendy copper jewelry designs!
Recycle your precious metal scrap and recover your costs through
Rio Grande's scrap refining program. Learn more or get your scrap
kit to send in your silver, gold, gold-filled, palladium,
fired precious metal clay and platinum scrap now!
Find the right tool for any jewelry making project. Rio Grande offers the best
selection of jewelry bench tools and equipment available, backed by our
world-class technical support. Reach for Rio Grande whether you need beading tools,
a new jewelry work bench, or any other jewelry tools and supplies.
We even offer jewelry making equipment for casting and other advanced techniques.
We carry trusted jewelry bench tool brands like Swanstrom,
Beadalon, Foredom Flex Shaft, Bonny Doon, Fretz Hammers and more.
Find the best-quality jewelry making tools and supplies at the best prices.
Bead stringers know: you can never have too many beads! Whether you need colorful
Swarovski beads, briolette beads or glass beads, or your design calls for a classic
pearl or a natural stone bead, Rio Grande is your bead stringing source! Don¹t forget
about gold beads and sterling silver beads and other metal beads; they¹re all here, too.
Bold creations meet bold jewelry displays at Rio Grande, where you¹ll find specialty displays
to complement your designs and help increase sales. Rio Grande offers a variety of jewelry
card displays from revolving to stationary, as well as striking organic fabric displays
including silk, suede, velvet, faux leather and hemp.
Versatile and inspiring silver precious metal clay has been available from Rio Grande
for more than a decade‹and today the passion for metal clay continues to evolve with
colorful BRONZclay and COPPRclay. Make Rio your first source for innovative metal clay tools,
products, and ideas‹such as fire-in-place Embeddables findings‹and any other metal clay supplies
At Rio Grande, you¹ll find the media you need to create unique,
colorful pieces and expand your jewelry-making repertoire. Stock up on
supplies for enameling, the art that welcomes the newcomer, yet challenges
the expert. Add a splash of color with Colores, the fashionable epoxy resin
that brightens up your work.
Sterling silver Hardness:
12" long (cannot be cut to order) Inside dimension:
5.54mm (.218") Wall thickness:
0.41mm (.016") Length per weight:
1.22 ft./ozt. Weight per length:
0.77 ozt./ft. Country of origin:
United States Outside dimension:
The term "conflict diamonds" refers to the diamond rough used to fund violent criminal insurgencies in several African countries.
The Kimberley Accord is a compact that regulates the sale and transfer of diamond rough to prevent the human destruction that conflict
diamonds cause. Rio Grande has long asked our suppliers to provide documentation proving the safe origin of the diamonds we buy.
You can be assured every diamond you buy from Rio Grande is certified “conflict-free” by both our strict standards and the Kimberley Accord.
Our Rio Certified Gemologists are ready to help you match stones or select a specific quality. Please let them know how they can help you.
This extruded sterling silver tubing is packaged in pre-cut 12" lengths. Minimum purchase is one piece.
2016 Gems and Findings & Display and Packaging Catalog p. 17
please note: To create settings with heavy-wall tubing, the inside diameter of the tubing must be smaller than the stone.
Annealing Sterling Silver
Learn how to anneal sterling silver, recovering metal that has become work-hardened and leaving the metal more workable.
Anneal the sterling silver between 1000°F and 1200°F (537°C and 648°C).
Heat the sterling at temperature for 30 to 60 minutes to achieve a Vickers hardness of 66–76dph.
Please Note: During annealing, protect the metal against exposure to oxygen by surrounding it with nitrogen, argon or forming gas. If this isn’t possible, protect the metal by covering it with flux contained in a stainless steel pan.
Create Gemstone Settings From Tubing
Learn how to create quick and simple tube settings for round gemstones using heavy-wall tubing. Tubing is ideal for effectively creating custom tube settings, and the settings are easy to close, too, using stone setting tool sets.
Carefully measure your gemstone.
Choose a section of tubing with an outside diameter about .5mm larger than your stone. Please Note: The inside diameter of the tubing must be smaller than the stone.
Cut a length of tubing long enough to contain the depth of the stone.
File the cut edges of the tubing so they are smooth. Shape the bottom edge as needed to be in contact with your design all the way around the edge.
Solder the setting in place on your design.
Select a hart or setting bur the same size as (or slightly smaller than) the stone and cut a level seat into the tubing just deep enough to hold the stone.
Set the stone into the seat, leaving a short rim of metal above the stone.
Secure the stone by burnishing the metal in a circular motion with a highly polished punch.
How To Bend Tubing
See how to bend tubing smoothly and easily without kinks to use in a variety of jewelry designs.
Anneal metal tubing so it bends more easily.
Lubricate a wire that is no more than 2/3 the inside diameter of the tube to be bent so it will be easier to remove after bending.
Insert the wire through the tubing to act as an arbor.
Gently wrap the tubing around a mandrel or other form to create the bends you want.
Allow the arbor wire to bend as the tubing bends; this will prevent the tubing from kinking.
Annealing Sterling Silver
We recommend annealing sterling silver at 1200°F (649°C) to give it the best ductility and grain structure; this applies to both quenched and air-cooled annealing.
*Quenching is not recommended when annealing at temperatures of 1300°F and above; at such temperatures thermal shock might crack the metal.
Comparing Silver Hardnesses
Vickers Hardness (dph)
Brown & Sharpe Gauge Thicknesses
Use this handy guide to quickly, easily and accurately convert gauge sizes into inches or millimeters—or vice versa.