Grateful to Support the Tradition

We tip our hat to Western Artisans

Engraving etched with the feeling of hanging on and sitting tall. Tack and spurs that respect horse and rider. From buckle to rowel to back pocket, your creations capture a spirit of independence and resilience. Rio Grande has deep roots in the west—Saul Bell set up shop on old Route 66 armed with determination and a box of tools. More than 75 years later, our #1 principle is “do what you say you’re going to do.” So you can count on us to get you what you need, whether you create buckles and wedding bands or spurs and bits.

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Shane Hendren with his vintage Chevrolet Pickup

Featured Western Artist: Shane Hendren

Shane Hendren brings 30 years of experience (and a lifetime of horse riding) to the Rio Grande Jewelry Tech Team. He is the only four-time Artist of the Year named by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA), and his jewelry is held in public and private collections around the world. Watch as he shares the story behind his scrollwork.

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White Eagle Trading Post

It Started on Route 66

In September of 1937 Saul Bell moved west to Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his new bride, Olive, and little more than their dreams and his bench tools to his name. He purchased the White Eagle Trading Post on Route 66 and kept it open while working to establish Rio Grande. Today, we offer one-stop selection backed by exemplary service, technical expertise and educational support.

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CAGM Bit Contest

We appreciate the opportunity to serve the mission of the Cowboy Arts & Gear Museum by co-sponsoring their annual Bit Contest. Participants transform blank cheekpieces into intricate, rugged works of art. We help out by offering pro-level discounts on the tools and metals they need to make that happen. Winners of the 2021 contest will be posted soon. In the meantime, take a look back at the winning bits from 2020.

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Jon Peters Bit #1

We’re Glad to Be of Service

Sourcing, Savings and Solutions

Amy Raymond at the bench A set of spurs by Amy Raymond

Amy Raymond | Raymond Silver Co.

“I like to push myself, and engraving allows me to do that… I like to start with a concept and adapt it to be cowgirl."

Amy Raymond
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Jessica Heaton
Jessica Heaton: Sales Rep. for Amy Raymond
Years making jewelry: Lifelong Maker | Years at Rio Grande: 3

Jessica loves working through a process with others and serves the Western Artisan program with a strong appreciation for its craftsmanship.

Belt buckle by A Cut Above Andy Andrews of A Cut Above

Andy Andrews | A Cut Above

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Bruce Tarbox
Bruce Tarbox: Sales Rep. for Andy Andrews
Years making jewelry: 44 | Years at Rio Grande: 22

Bruce is excited to support the Western Artisan program having dabbled in ranger sets, as he really admires western artisans for the hard-work, time and detail put into each design.

Spurs by Barry Guillory Barry Guillory of Barrys bits and spurs

Barry Guillory | Barry's Bits & Spurs

“I enjoy every day working, only it’s not work. It’s about making something for someone else. When I was a kid, I would have given anything to have a life like this.”

Barry Guillory
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Rifle engraving by Brian Hochstrat Brian Hochstrat

Brian Hochstrat | Brian Hochstrat Fine Hand Engraving

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Jonathan McKinney
Jonathan McKinney: Sales Rep. for Brian Hochstrat
Years in Jewelry Industry: 33 | Years at Rio Grande: 5

With a deep appreciation of the artisans who respect southwestern culture and the history of its makers, Jonathan is eager to be contributing to the success of the Western Artisan program.

Belt by Clint Orms Clint Orms

Clint Orms | Clint Orms Engraver/Silversmith

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Laura Muratori
Laura Muratori: Sales Rep. for Clint Orms
Years in Jewelry Industry: 14 | Years at Rio Grande: 14

Laura looks forward to working with the Western Artisans program to assist business development and help incredibly talented artists and organizations thrive.

Preston Johnson Engagement ring byPreston Johnson

Preston Johnson | B Bar J Designs

“Everything stems from my true passion, vintage trophy buckles. The engraving and craftsmanship are inspiring.”

Preston Johnson
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Brandi Martinez
Brandi Martinez Sales Rep. for Preston Johnson
Years in Jewelry Industry: 10 | Years at Rio Grande: 1

Brandi is delighted to be joining the Western Artists program to work with detail-oriented, story-telling artists and help promote the communication between customers, jewelers and the designs that are integral to their heritage and professions.

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Products for Artists and Makers

 
Precious metal strip, sheet and wire on a wooden bench

Precious Metals

A one-stop selection of silver, gold and more with weight-based price breaks.

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Hand-engraved rodeo buckles

Engraving

Traditional tools and pioneering technology to make your mark.

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Swanstrom anvil and disc cutter on a wooden bench

Fabrication

Time-savers from heirloom hammers and hydraulic power to torches and laser welders.

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Sunshine cloths and buffs on a jewelers bench

Polishing & Finishing

Options to smooth rough edges and make your scrollwork shine.

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An assortment of western-style findings

Findings

Buckle backs, bolo ties, and more to make your designs wearable.

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Turquoise beads on a jewelers bench

Gemstones

All the colors in creation, including American Mined gems.

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