Rio Grande Events, Trade Shows & Conferences

Rio Grande is proud to participate in and sponsor many of the industry’s leading conferences, events and trade shows. Be sure to stop by one of our booths to meet with a Rio Grande representative or visit a sponsored event to gain industry experience!  Mark your calendars for a year filled with innovative advancements and creative inspiration.


March 11–13, 2018 • 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. Attendees also find renowned experts within easy reach, thanks to the world-class seminar program offered by the Expo. While at the show, stop by the Rio Grande booth.


Santa Fe Symposium

May 20–23, 2018 • 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.


2018 Saul Bell Design Award Ceremony

May 20, 2018 • 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 categories—open to designers 22 years of age and younger—celebrates the fresh ideas and creative spark of aspiring designers. Two new Collection categories celebrate cohesive design families. Winners are announced to the public and celebrated at an invitation-only gala.



May 23–26, 2018 • Portland, Oregon

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! While at the show, stop by the Rio Grande booth.



June 1–4, 2018 • Las Vegas, Nevada

The JCK Show features more than 2,100 exhibitors, allowing you to discover and analyze the full spectrum of new products and new product line launches on a scale that’s 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 more than 19,000 jewelry industry professionals from across the globe, to attend keynote presentations, and to enjoy many different educational sessions. Rio Grande will have a booth at JCK; stop by and see us.


Bead and Button Show

June 3–10, 2018 • Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Welcome to the community of bead-stringing...Bead & Button is the largest show of its kind in the country, featuring more than 370 vendors offering one-of-a-kind finished designs as well as gemstones, pearls, art beads, gold and silver, beading supplies, books and hundreds of classes (yes, hundreds!). The show will also feature a juried exhibit of inspiring bead art. Rio Grande is a proud sponsor of this event.