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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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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