When asked which tools are her favorite, she says, “It’s a death match between my torch and my saw.” Why the torch? “Because I love fire. When I get solder to flow well, it’s the best thing ever.” Herkules White Label saw blades are her favorite blade in that saw.
For those saw blades and other Rio purchases, RioPro has helped Monica grow her business. She says, “My favorite perks of being a RioPro are definitely the price breaks and the lower shipping costs. Let’s not forget the dedicated consultant though. It’s another level higher than the regular fantastic customer service that Rio is known for.”
When the workshop ends, each person there will definitely have a better understanding of working with gold. “The underpinning purpose is to get all the participants comfortable with understanding and using gold.” Monica says, “I wanted people like me to get over the fear of using gold. For some metalsmiths, it’s too scary. Too expensive. That’s one of the best parts of Florence. I want people to be the boss of gold.”
Her relationships with Rio and RioPro have been ones she’s happy to tell others about. “While the price breaks certainly help with the bottom line of my business, I would have to say the support, knowledge, and encouragement I get from RioPro’s dedicated consultant has helped me in making decisions that allowed me to grow.” When asked who should join RioPro, Monica says, “The RioPro program is right for any jeweler who has a business to run. Simple as that!”
To learn more about Metalsmiths in Florence, visit monicabranstrom.com/italyworkshop/.