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Rio Grande Events, Trade Shows & Conferences

Join Rio Grande at the jewelry industry's best trade shows, conferences and educational opportunities! From the innovative (Santa Fe Symposium, MJSA) to the inspiring (SNAG, Saul Bell Design Award) to the enriching (Bead and Button, SWAIA and Portland Symposium), your year is bound to be inspiring!


March 12–14, 2017 • New York, New York

The MJSA Expo is the largest and oldest show dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design. Every spring, thousands of buyers fill its aisles and connect with the industry's finest suppliers and service providers. They can also find renowned experts within easy reach, thanks to the Expo's world-class seminar program.

Santa Fe Symposium

May 21–24, 2017 • Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Santa Fe Symposium® is the premier conference for jewelry manufacturing technology. At the Symposium, speakers from around the world present their research, experiences and expertise. Join us in discussing progressive technological issues relevant to your business. Focus on the science behind the processes constantly revolutionizing the jewelry industry. Allow yourself to be surrounded by jewelry professionals who, like you, appreciate the "how," "why" and "what if" of jewelry-making design.

2017 Saul Bell Design Award Ceremony

May 21, 2017 • Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Saul Bell Design Award competition has both inspired and challenged jewelry designers around the globe for more than a decade. This premier competition recognizes artists whose work challenges traditional perceptions of jewelry design. The Emerging Jewelry Artist category—open to designers 21 years of age and younger—celebrates the fresh ideas and creative spark of aspiring designers. Winners are announced to the public and celebrated at an invitation-only gala.


May 24–27, 2017

The Society of North American Goldsmiths stands for passion and innovative excellence in jewelry, design and metalsmithing. SNAG creates community among industry peers, encourages professional connections, and is a forum for unfettered exchange of information. This conference is not to be missed!


June 5–8, 2017 • Las Vegas, Nevada

The JCK Show features over 3,100 exhibitors, allowing you to discover and analyze the full spectrum of new products and new product line launches on a scale that is beyond compare. Source the broadest array of gold, silver, diamonds, diamond jewelry, gemstones, platinum, pearls, palladium, timepieces and luxury giftware at just the right time and price points. It is an opportunity to network with over 20,000 jewelry industry professionals from across the globe, attend keynote presentations and enjoy many different educational sessions.

Bead and Button Show

June 4–11, 2017 • Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Welcome to the community of bead stringing! Bead and Button is the largest show of its kind in the country, boasting hundreds of classes (yes, hundreds!), hundreds of vendors and thousands of bead fanatics!


August 19–20, 2017 • Santa Fe, New Mexico

Experience the magic of the Market! Join us in celebrating Native arts and culture in the largest and most prestigious intertribal fine art market in the world.

Portland Jewelry Symposium

October 2017 • Portland, Oregon

Methods for jewelry manufacturing are changing rapidly. New technologies and artistic trends coupled with an increased competitive environment require that businesses stay current to remain at the top of their field. The Portland Jewelry Symposium is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together custom jewelers, designers, and retailers to do just that. We like to think of it as the "Great Think Tank" for jewelers that are passionate about their craft.

Expo Joya

October 2017 • Guadalajara, Mexico

Considered the largest jewelry exhibition in Latin America, with over 400 exhibitors, Expo Joya is a great opportunity to increase your knowledge in gold & silver jewelry, supplies, machinery & tools, watches, jewelry and accessories. Its focus is to combine fashion, training, innovation and luxury in a safe environment that encourages healthy competition.

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