Jeweler at the Bench

Welcome to the Rio Grande Resource Center!

Being a jeweler is a never-ending journey. Whether you’re perched at the bench for the first time or you’ve been there for decades, there’s always something new to learn. This is your source for jewelry-making videos, articles, charts, inspiring stories and more. We’re always adding new content. Bookmark this page and check back often!


Choosing the right burlife formula
How to Choose The Right BurLife® Formula

Find the right BurLife® formula to use with burs and drills, CNC machines, disk cutters and saws. Read More

friedrich dick file on silver bezel
Excellence that Endures: Friedrich Dick Files

Shane Hendren of the Rio Grande Tech Team still gets great cuts from his 10-year-old Friederich ... Read More

Saul Bell Design Award trophies await their recipients
Saul Bell Design Award Turns 20 in 2020

This annual event continues to invigorate careers and energize the jewelry industry. Read More

Pliers Terms for Jewelers

Learn about the different types of pliers available for jewelry making and their uses in this ... Read More

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Kate Barazzuol of Morning Moon
Kate Barazzuol of Morning Moon

Kate Baruzzuol’s designs look like organic extensions of the forest and shoreline that inspire ... Read More

guide to jewelry chain
Guide To Jewelry Chain

Learn all about the types, styles and sizes of chain in our comprehensive reference guide to help ... Read More

Visiting the Source: American Mined™ Montana Sapphires™

Supply Manager Becky Scheffler and Product Manager Kevin Whitmore share their experience visiting ... Read More

the pearl is back and the rules have changed
The Pearl Is Back and the Rules Have Changed

Read this article to learn about four ways to incorporate pearls into your modern jewelry designs. Read More