“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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When you’re really down to the wire on holiday gift making, what could be easier than simple wire jewelry? If you have basic wire jewelry making skills and tools, a stash of wire, jump rings, and beads, you’re good to go. For slightly more challenging designs, you might need a few basic metalsmithing tools such […]

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10+ Jewelry Designs to Hang from Your Tree

Almost any pendant jewelry design has ornament potential, and almost any jewelry design can be made pendant. Pendant as in hanging: pendant earrings, pendants that hang from neckwires, charms dangling from a chain bracelet. That’s important because hanging is the number one priority for a tree ornament, except for the topper. And, while snowflakes, stars, […]

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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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