I do love surprises! Recently, my boyfriend and I went out to dinner with his family to celebrate his 65th birthday. When we got to the restaurant, his sister handed me a bag and said, “I thought maybe you could use some of this.” Inside the bag I found some amazing items—well, they were amazing […]

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Are you a fan of beach combing? I sure am. I could walk for miles on the beach and do, every chance I get, picking up whatever catches my eye. Lately, sea glass is my favorite to find, though I’m getting partial to old pieces of metal and pottery as well. I’ve started following the […]

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Who doesn’t love including gorgeous stones in their jewelry designs? Nothing enhances a piece more than a colorful fabulous gem. The first technique that comes to mind when thinking of stone setting is, of course, the traditional bezel. But there are a lot more ways to set stones—and experimenting with those alternative techniques can be […]

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If you love the beauty of woven wire jewelry and you’re dying to try more advanced techniques, check out Fine Art Wire Weaving: Advanced Workshop with Sarah Thompson. This new workshop is the final of three based on Sarah’s best-selling book, Fine Art Wire Weaving: Weaving Techniques for Stunning Jewelry Designs. I was privileged to […]

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About a year and a half ago, I bought my first house after a lifetime of renting. I spent a lot of time and energy organizing and decorating my much larger space. (Moving from a small two-bedroom apartment to a three-story four-bedroom house gives you LOTS of possibilities.) My closets are organized, my kitchen is […]

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Any number of stones are perfect for rings — and everyone has their favorites. In 10 Gemstone Rings to Make, a collection of step-by-step ring projects, you’ll find some of the best gemstone rings from the pages of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. These projects, designed by a variety of expert jewelry artists, feature some amazing […]

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Happy Spring! Yes, it is indeed springtime. At least, according to the calendar it is. But depending on where you live, you might be hard-pressed to find it. In fact, on the first day of spring in Pennsylvania, I built a snowman/snow angel in my backyard. Sure, it was fun, but hardly spring-like. ABOVE: Photo: […]

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We all love the annual Tucson gem, jewelry, mineral, fossil, and bead shows. Every year, the editorial, marketing, and advertising sales staff of the F+W/Interweave Jewelry and Bead Group gets to go to the Tucson shows. And among all the work we do at the shows (and we do a LOT of work), we have […]

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