Here’s a little fact I’ll bet you didn’t know about me: I can sing. I actually sing alto in my church choir. There’s nothing I love more than learning a new piece in choir practice and singing it (correctly) in front of the congregation. Oh, I’m certainly NOT the best alto in the world. But […]

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Happy Halloween! I do love this holiday. I love the costumes, I love the parties, I love the candy. (Particularly the candy.) But I especially love Halloween decorations. My favorite decorations are skeletons and skulls. I have several cool carved skulls on my desk, and I placed a bunch of skeletons on my front porch […]

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Feathers are some of the most beautiful forms in nature. They are light, delicate and airy, and they can remind you of nature’s gorgeous birds. Top clothing designers often make use of feathers in their fashions. And jewelry designers can use feathers, too, to make spectacular pieces. In the July 2016 issue of Lapidary Journal […]

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I do love fish. And not only for dinner (although I do enjoy a good salmon dinner). I’ve always loved the beauty of goldfish in particular. At every school or country fair, I’d try to win the little goldfish. And I was pretty good at it! I won a lot of goldfish — and gave […]

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Noël Yovovich’s No-Solder Fold-Up 3D Pendant from the May/June 2017 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist is like a puppy portrait that you can wear. It’s both adorable and fashionable. And three-dimensional, too! There’s no soldering involved; it’s all done with folding and riveting. And the cuteness factor is through the roof. It’s a puppy! […]

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Of all the different types of jewelry, rings often have the most significance. Engagement rings, wedding rings, friendship rings — they all have deep meanings. And rings are very likely to be passed down from generation to generation. Personally, I wear my late mother’s gold filigree and diamond ring every day. When you think of […]

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Black and white. Yin and yang. Coffee and cream. The interaction and contrasts of opposites can result in some amazing and stunning jewelry designs. RIGHT: Photo: Getty Images Patrik Kusek’s Mosaic Metal Clay Pin, from the December 2016 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, combines black and white — and silver and gold — in a […]

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Wire Jewelry to Make Today and Wear Tonight

Usually, making jewelry can be a long, involved, time-intensive project. Creating your design, planning your approach, gathering your materials, cutting, filing, soldering, stone setting — it can all take quite a while. And the results are usually worth it. ABOVE: Heather Lawrenz, Engraved Gemstone Ring; Photo: Jim Lawson But what if you’re short on time? […]

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