Angie Crabtree’s diamonds are so gigantic; she sells them by the square foot. Typical of high-end luxury items, prices for her original oil paintings are only available by request. And like all big “rocks,” they are irresistibly eye-catching. Crabtree works in a tromp l’oeil style, which makes the diamonds look photographic. You can buy a […]

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Imagine a piece of jewelry with a tiny peephole. Look inside and you’ll find the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, a picture of your wedding, or your favorite pet. Known as Stanhope lenses, these little gizmos were developed in the 1850s, and were used to convey a Victorian sentiment in a woman’s keepsake pendant […]

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I’ve noticed a rash of robberies lately at art fairs and rock shows. Two artistic jewelers were robbed at a convenience store after a show ended. Another had a case cleaned out during a busy event. They are all too afraid to talk. Then there were two recent crimes in Oregon. Sept. 3, 2017 – […]

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Gift Idea for Rock Hounds

I spotted Greg Laskowski and Caitlin Williamson this spring at a Michigan rock show where they displayed decorated wine glasses, which they make at home. The design is unusual because the glass stem goes straight through a piece of polished rock. The couple, who live in Fyfe, MI, were happy to share how they make […]

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In the November 2017 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist you’ll find a sterling silver canteen on page 67 made by Gallup, NM, silversmith Lyndon Tsosie. The image is part of a lush package of jewelry stamp stories by Sharon Elaine Thompson and Jeff Fulkerson. But there isn’t a lot about this Navajo artist. So […]

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South Florida jewelry designer Hannah Long participates in almost 40 art shows a year all over the country. And despite this mind-numbing whirlwind of activity, she loves making and selling one-of-a-kind pieces. How does she do it??? Her Jewelry Style: architectural yet organic, often large scale, incorporating black coral, pearls, diamonds, colorful cabochons, sea glass, […]

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Art critics say Philadelphia jeweler Stacey Lee Webber has the vision and soul of a gritty American working class laborer. But under her Batman costume in her studio, she’s also got a sharp sense of humor. And the patience of a saint. The 35-year-old is known for making life-sized power tools, hand tools, even a […]

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Studio Notes: How to Win a Halstead Grant

Want to win a Halstead grant? At $7,500 in cash plus $1,000 in store credits plus tons of publicity, it’s one of the most desirable in this industry. But the process isn’t easy. Any grant application takes a lot of work. And you need to have multiple talents as well as thick skin. However, the […]

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A few years ago, my jewelry-making girlfriend, Rita, introduced me to ULINE, a shipping supply catalogue. Although there are other suppliers online, ULINE was her favorite. Rita sells a lot of her work on Etsy and has a high rating because of the quality of her service and her gift-style packaging. Back then, she and […]

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Studio Notes: A Jeweler 2 Inspire U, With Coal

Coal is cool. At least it is in the hands of artist William Morgan Vanaria. As part of his seven-piece MFA thesis at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, the 27-year-old set diamonds into a coal brooch. “The coal piece wasn’t controversial at any point during my degree presentations,” he says. “However it has shocked a […]

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