Jewelry

Bring Out the Best: Improve Your Jewelry Photography with Expertise from Jim Lawson

If you’ve ever tried to capture the essence of your handcrafted designs in a photo, you’re well aware that jewelry photography presents a unique set of challenges.…

Master the Jewelry Flex Shaft Volume 1: Burs, Mandrels, Sanding/Grinding, Rubberized Abrasives & Finishing Online Workshop
Master the Jewelry Flex Shaft Volume 2: Hammer, Handpieces, Special Tips & Tricks Online Workshop
Jewelry Tools Stamp Set
Woven in Wire Book

JEWELRY TRENDS

Jewelry Business: Email Design Tips to Help Your Campaigns Stand Out

Email remains the best way to communicate with your jewelry business customers, but it is also one of the most competitive promotion spaces. So how do you…

Story Time: Jewelry Editors Try Audiobooks in the Jewelry Studio

|Sponsored| I love reading, and I love jewelry making. Wouldn’t it be great if I could combine the two? Turns out that I can, with audiobooks. Children…

Studio Notes: The Custom Jewelry Challenge Part 2

Last week, I blogged about making a custom cuff for a priest, working long distance with a client in California. A second custom jewelry project involved making…

Pre-Plan Your Tucson Gem Show Trek with the 2019 Tucson Show Guide

I want to go to Tucson. I mean, I really want to go to Tucson. As I write this, it is cold and rainy and gray in…

Wabi Sabi Gemstones and the Magic of “Imperfection”

Wabi sabi is the Japanese term for finding perfection in imperfection. It means finding the beauty in the twisted tree, the out-of-round shape of a bowl. An…

Meet Jewelry Artist and Instructor Debora Mauser

Get to know Debora Mauser, a jewelry artist and instructor who teaches all over the United States! ABOVE: Sterling Cone. Sterling silver sheet, cubic zirconia. Inspiration: “I wanted…

Make Perfect Jewelry Gifts Fit for Anyone

“One size fits most” is what you want to hear when you’re making jewelry gifts, especially if you’re selling them. No matter how pretty, trendy, edgy, or…

Reflect and Connect: The First and the Latest of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

It’s all about connecting. Making jewelry that means something to you, your friend, family, or customer is about establishing a connection with others. Wearing the jewelry is…

Treat Yourself to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist November/December 2018

The cover may say Pretty in Patina, but the November/December Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist is all-around pretty awesome! Yes, you can learn about adding rainbow or ocean…

Studio Notes: The Custom Jewelry Challenge, Part 1

Recently I had two meaningful custom orders – one through my website and one from a friend of a friend. Both pieces were of religious significance, making…

Get in the Pink with Pink Gemstones

If you paint, you know there is no such thing as a “light red.” Lighten a red pigment and you instantly have pink, its coy cousin. The…

8 Jewelry Making Rules for Cat Owners, Plus Halloween Jewelry

Happy National Cat Day! I’ll bet you didn’t know that today was this very special holiday. Well, it is. My little cat Bubba and I are celebrating…

Meet the Gemstones: Outback Opals – Boulder, Koroit, and Andamooka Opal

With colors that seem to appear magically from the depths of the stone, one of the most fascinating gemstones, without question, has to be opal. Even opal-holics,…

Studio Notes: Sob! Where Did My Creativity Go?

There I am, driving 3-1/2 hours to a downstate wholesale gem show, my mind painfully blank. Where the heck did my creativity go, I wonder. Without that…

Leaves and Beads: Turn One Metal Jewelry Design Into Two

Explore jewelry design development making two different brass pendants from the same start By Bill Fretz Originally published in the September/October 2018 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist.…

Meet the Gemstones: Pink Zircon

The month of October is the month of opals. Though less well known, it is also the month of rose or pink zircon. In inexpensive birthstone jewelry,…

Tammy Honaman’s Top 5 Favorite Torch-Fired Enameling Techniques

I love color. There are no two ways about it. Color draws me into a material and it leads my hand into a design. Okay. Maybe that’s…

5 Essential Jewelry Tools the Well-Equipped Studio Needs

|Sponsored| I often see jewelry makers and aspiring metalsmiths ask the same questions about jewelry tools on social media. “Which tools do I need to get started?”…

Meet the Gemstones: Labradorite

Opals are the birthstone for October, but opals are not alone in riveting displays of phenomena. Labradorite is another gem that displays beautiful shifts of color. ABOVE: This…

Photo Jewelry: How to Add Images to Your Designs Part 2, Advanced Techniques

See those fine spider webs etched on these sterling silver cuffs? The pattern actually came from a digital photo I found online. I’ll tell you how I…