The Rio for Schools program exists to support jewelry and metalsmithing educators and their students by providing savings on products and services, educational resources and access to industry knowledge

For Instructors

How to Qualify 

You are invited to apply for Rio for Schools if you are actively working as a(n):

  • Jewelry or metalsmithing instructor teaching new students and/or lifelong learners
  • Administrator for an institution that offers jewelry-making or metalsmithing classes
  • Owner/manager of an educational studio that provides bench time and/or instruction


To get started, complete the form on the Rio for Schools educator page. An Education Team member will process your application as soon as possible.


Instructor Benefits 

Qualifying instructors enjoy the same benefits as RioPro members, with no minimum spend:


  • RioPro-level savings on nearly everything we offer, with no minimum spend to remain in the program
  • Free precious metal scrap recycling (the $50 fee will be waived)
  • Free economy shipping and free ground shipping for orders $200 and over, up to 10 lbs.
  • Publicity opportunities in our Eye on Jewelry Education newsletter
  • Opportunities to list your classes on our “Education and Learning” page
  • No-appointment access to our Jewelry Tech Team
  • Specialized customer service from a dedicated Education Team
  • 1:1 consults when setting up new equipment


For Students

How to Apply 

Jewelry students join Rio for Schools and access benefits through participating instructors.

If your instructor belongs to Rio for Schools, they will share a unique instructor code that will unlock wholesale benefits for six months from the date of activation.  (Students with existing Wholesale or RioPro accounts will maintain their current benefits.) 


You can find classes taught by Rio for Schools instructors on our “Education and Learning” page.



Student Benefits  

Jewelry students join Rio for Schools and access benefits through participating instructors. When you update your Rio Grande account with a unique instructor code, you’ll enjoy six months of wholesale benefits from the date of code activation:


  • Wholesale price breaks on nearly everything we offer: Tools and equipment, display and packing, gems, chains and findings, milled metals, finished jewelry, and diamonds and moissanite (if qualified).
  • No-appointment access to our Jewelry Tech Team
  • Access to a Learning and Education hub with listings for online jewelry instruction from Rio for Schools instructors, webinar announcements and more.