Take a Fresh Look at Jewelry Design in the September/October Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

Shape, color, movement, and pattern: the newest Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist highlights what’s happening in jewelry design today and shows you how to be a part of the trend. Learn how top designers are working geometrics into their lines, and find projects that feature circles, squares, and spheres.

RIGHT: Bill Fretz Leaves & Beads pendant design development; photo: Jim Lawson

See profiles of outstanding jewelry artists who use vivid color or its absence, and work with these palettes making pendants and bracelets. Discover a scenic opalized wood flecked with bright blue and copper, and make a pendant featuring this hot new gemstone. Learn to set off an agate slice in a simple frame, or hang three little agate geodes that swing in their frame to make them sparkle. Plus, build a ladder ring that’s a step above your average shank, and hone in both on new tools and tips for using classics.

If you sell your jewelry, you’ll certainly want to read what veteran jewelry arts and industry reporter Cathleen McCarthy has to say about the importance to your jewelry business of developing a recognizable look. Having a signature style lets customers find more of what prompted them to buy your jewelry once and helps keep them coming back. You’ll also find a pendant-and-variation project from superb jewelry and jewelry tool designer Bill Fretz that will set you on the path to creating your very own distinctive jewelry design line.

Indonesian opalized wood cabochons courtesy Joe Jelks/Horizon Lapidary; photos: Jim Lawson

Indonesian opalized wood cabochons courtesy Joe Jelks/Horizon Lapidary; photos: Jim Lawson

Perfect your designs and practice your techniques in the beautifully illustrated September/October Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, and kick off the season with style!

Merle White

Editor-in-Chief, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

 

 

Learn more about metalsmithing, gemstones, and more in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine!