By Michelle Graff
033115 Rio-Grande-Article2The print component of Rio Grande’s “For the Love of Jewelers” campaign, feauring the story of national jewelers, can be seen in a variety of publications, including MJSA Journal, Ornament, Southern Jewelry News and Lapidary Journal JewelryAlbuquerque, N. M.--Jewelry-making supplier Rio Grande has been recognized for its recent print and digital campaign celebrating the work of independent jewelers and metalsmiths.

Called “For the Love of Jewelers,” the campaign features the story of national jewelers who transform raw metal into works of art. Included in the campaign are Ronda Coryell of Ronda Coryell Designs; artist, author and jewelry-maker Tim McCreight; and Shane Hendren, who specializes in turquoise jewelry.

“The campaign was created to feature the talent and drive of jewelers,” said Jamie Gros, creative director at Rio Grande. “Rio Grande wouldn’t exist without them, and their stories should be told. The jewelry they create has an impact on anyone who wears it. We’re lucky to play a part in their stories.”

The campaign, which Rio Grande said it plans to run through 2015, includes print advertisements, videos, digital landing pages and a social media component. The videos can be viewed on the Rio Grande website and on the company’s YouTube channel.

WATCH: Rio Grande’s “What makes you a jeweler?” video

Rio Grande has received recognition for the campaign, winning a gold “Addy” award in the business-to-business category of the 2015 New Mexico American Advertising Awards.

It was the first year Rio Grande submitted work to the competition, which recognizes outstanding print, digital and integrated advertising and marketing campaigns from across the state.

Gros said the company was “delighted” to take home the gold.

“Rio was founded in 1944 to serve and support jewelry makers,” he said. “That’s the spirit we wanted to honor with this campaign. We’re thrilled that it resonates with jewelers and with those outside of the industry.”

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