“I love seeing students have that ‘Ah-ha!’ moment when they get it,” says jewelry artist and teacher Jeff Fulkerson. “I also love to help people get over their fears and insecurities, because art, in whatever form, should be done for your own pleasure.” He practices what he preaches, too. He’ll tell you that he makes […]

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You know how some people just have a knack for getting a lot of mileage out of anything? Jewelry artist Noël Yovovich is one of them. Naturally, when she told me she had another jewelry design idea for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, it was music to my ears. ABOVE: Noël Yovovich’s Take the Long View […]

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Perfection isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. I think a perfect circle can be perfectly boring. It’s the departure from a circle — or any shape — that gets my attention. ABOVE: Uniformly colored and finished cabochons with varying and irregular shapes give this bracelet design both cohesion and variation. Bracelet by Bill […]

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10 Jewelry Designs with Texture You Can See

Many moons ago when I was a little kid, I was mesmerized by smooth, shiny surfaces. I didn’t think of things that felt uneven to the touch as richly textured. I thought of them as bumpy, lumpy, and rough. At the time, brightly polished wasn’t the greatest thing in my opinion alone: the culture as […]

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There’s a fossil gem that looks like precious opal? Classic jackets for turning studs into dangling earrings are back? Or maybe it’s bracelet-making tools you’re after. From learning pierced overlay, making a wire-wrapped ring, or cutting a cabochon, to getting an eyeful of upcycled jewelry designs made with materials most people throw out, we’ve got […]

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From the Sunshine Coast of Australia, chain maille jewelry artist Kylie Jones is fascinated with the possibilities of simply connecting metal rings to create jewelry that is stylish, easy to wear, and easy to make. She has been exploring this technique for decades and is always coming up with new ideas. We recently asked her […]

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Imagine my surprise when, after some 25 years of believing that purple was my favorite color, I was told I was wrong. Imagine my even greater surprise when I found out that I was wrong! ABOVE: I love charoite for its lively, chatoyant surface–but most of all for its rich, violety purple. Having specified that […]

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Make Artisan Bracelets That Really Rock–and Roll!

Just because jewelry can be a canvas for ideas doesn’t mean pieces have to lie flat, still, or quiet. Push and pull your metal and it becomes sculptural. Let your jewelry swing, rotate, open, and close, and it will dance. Give it parts that move about freely inside and it will sing. Finish it to […]

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“The knee-jerk reaction” to the Pantone fashion colors, says Andrea Hansen of Luxe Intelligence, “is to look for gemstones that fit the palette.” But, she cautions, “No designer should completely alter their DNA to incorporate a color that doesn’t make sense for their brand.” She recommends using Pantone-shade stones that work for you but also […]

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