History of Rio Grande

Beginning as a one-room shop, Rio Grande was founded in 1944 by Saul Bell, a skilled bench jeweler, teacher and mentor, and has grown into one of the largest jewelry-making suppliers in the world. Our customers range from manufacturers and award-winning designers to students and hobbyists. As Rio Grande evolves, we strive to keep Saul’s passion of sharing know-how and serving jewelers at the core of everything we do. From our product mix to educating our customers on their use, we are dedicated providing great customer service, innovative solutions, and jewelry-making knowledge. We believe in jewelers, metalsmiths and artisans, and we stand with those who create with their hands and their hearts, who are courageous enough to make jewelry their livelihood. Rio Grande is a member of The Richline Group, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, and remains committed to supporting jewelers in every way possible.

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Quick Facts:

Founded: 1944
Number of employees (approx.) 400
Total # of products (approx.) 32,000
Products made in-house (approx.) 4,000
Went solar in 2009
Moved into current building 1996

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The Jewelry Schools Directory is a free online service developed to give the next generation of jewelers a place to find the program or class that meets their specific needs—prospective students can search by category, geography, certificate/degree and more. Jewelry institutions and instructors are encouraged to list their contact information, class/campus images, introductory videos, hours and a description of their organization.


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