When you’re cabochon shopping, chances are you start just by eyeing the goods. Color? My favorite! Pattern? So dramatic! Maybe some thought to size and weight next. Is this stone big enough for a statement pendant? Light enough for earrings? How about shape: would the outline work in a bracelet link? Yes, yes, yes, and […]

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Clasping the Creative Side When it comes to bracelets and necklaces, clasps are the saintly mothers holding everything together. But because they need to function and be reliable, most of them are Plain Janes. Clasps by Carl Clasmeyer are wildly different. Think of sterling silver elephants twining their trunks; a hand grasping a purse; a […]

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Data is a business owner’s best friend and fortunately, tracking data online is easy to do. With the proper program you can see what web pages your audience is viewing, the amount of time they’re spending on your website, and even how they’re getting to your website (social media, email, or direct traffic are just three […]

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A long time ago (about 16 years) in a galaxy far, far away (Wildacres, NC), this girl got to learn some solid new skills from these amazing people (Alan Revere and Christine Dhein). ABOVE: l to r: Christine Dhein, Alan Revere, Sylvia (another attendee), and Tammy Honaman Wildacres Wildacres is a beautiful retreat destination housed […]

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Sapphire. The word itself has come to represent the color: deep, rich, brilliant blue. And the very best sapphires capture that color. (Take a look at Mia Dixon’s photo of the Ceylon blue sapphire in Gemstones & Birthstones: Smokin’ Sapphires, Just the Facts.) But sapphires of that color are rare and possibly out-of-the-budget world for […]

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Being able to turn flat metal sheet into curved, dimensional shapes is among a jewelry maker’s most impressive metalsmithing skills. Using only simple tools and elbow grease? Even more impressive! Sometimes referred to as shell forming, it’s like making something from almost nothing–and it feels like one of the most creative things I’ve ever done. […]

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Who doesn’t love a puppy? The eyes. The fluffiness. The sweetness. The overall cuteness. No wonder puppy photos and videos are some of the most popular items on the entire internet. ABOVE PHOTO: Getty Images Noël Yovovich’s No-Solder Fold-Up 3D Pendant from the May/June 2017 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist is like a puppy […]

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How many new metalsmithing techniques could possibly be developed in a craft as ancient as this one? Not many — and yet, in the 1980s, Charles Lewton-Brain did just that. He invented foldforming. Score, fold, forge, and anneal in various combinations, and then unfold metal sheet to reveal a new form. ABOVE: Jurors’ Choice, Amir […]

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At first glance, the shapes used to create quilled paper jewelry can look intimidating and fragile. As author Ann Martin shows us in her book The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry, they’re anything but difficult and fragile. At the heart of every piece of quilled paper jewelry is just two shapes, scrolls or coils. They can […]

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Though they may sparkle and shimmer, most gemstones lose all trace to their roots when they go from mine to marketplace. We might know an opal is from Australia. But we don’t know exactly where, because the story is missing. Nobody can tell us what it was like to drag this gem out of the […]

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