Jewelry That Says You: The Personal Touch

My little elementary school friends Debbie, Susan, and Cindy could choose from an impressive selection of name necklaces. No shortage of personalized bicycle license plates for them, either. But do you think I found any “Merle” jewelry at a department store counter, no matter how many times I twirled the display rack around? Do you […]

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“Great bracelet!” a fabulous goldsmith said to me as we sat down to lunch at the Tucson shows one year. “May I see it?” I was flattered of course, and happy to hand it to him. It was a moderately wide, highly textured silver cuff I’d bought at Tucson years before that had instantly become […]

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Jewelry Tools: 8 Ways to Show Your Love and Respect

USUALLY IT’S A CAUTION — respect your jewelry tools — but not always. Tool respect also involves dedication, organization, etiquette, and lots of TLC. If you love jewelry-making tools, show them all the respect they deserve. Here are eight simple ideas you can apply to help the tools you love help you make the most […]

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One of my all-time favorite quotes is from a story Lapidary Journal ran many years ago about the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. A student interviewed was describing how helpful his education there had been, and one remark has stuck with me for decades. “Trial and error,” the student said drily, “is greatly overrated.” Indeed! […]

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When you’re cabochon shopping, chances are you start just by eyeing the goods. Color? My favorite! Pattern? So dramatic! Maybe some thought to size and weight next. Is this stone big enough for a statement pendant? Light enough for earrings? How about shape: would the outline work in a bracelet link? Yes, yes, yes, and […]

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How many new metalsmithing techniques could possibly be developed in a craft as ancient as this one? Not many — and yet, in the 1980s, Charles Lewton-Brain did just that. He invented foldforming. Score, fold, forge, and anneal in various combinations, and then unfold metal sheet to reveal a new form. ABOVE: Jurors’ Choice, Amir […]

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Celebrate with Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and Win We’re celebrating a major milestone! Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Volume 1, Number 1, appeared in April, 1947 — and more than 70 years later, we’re still going strong. All during the month of September, 2017, we’re celebrating with a special Milestones Giveaway. You can win prizes worth […]

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When you run a finger along a hand-hammered metal surface, you can almost feel the hammer blow come down and leave its impression. Just seeing a hammered surface like that gives you a sense of the handmade quality of the piece, and sets it apart from all the machine and computer-aided production work out there. […]

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