Jewelry

11 Things to Expect from a Jewelry Apprenticeship

Every year, training in the jewelry arts—at high schools, community colleges, and universities—is shrinking. Even where there are jewelry apprenticeship programs, they may not be close by.…

From Polymer Clay Jewelry: Learn 10 Beads and Charms

Poly Clay Play: 6 Fresh and New Polymer Clay Projects

I was shuffling through boxes of jewelry supplies recently when lo and behold! I found brand-spanking-new packs of polymer clay, still soft and squishy. You would’ve thought…

100+ Favorite Jewelry Gemstones eBook

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Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist July/August 2019 Digital

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Bead and Jewelry Workshops

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Quick Casting for Jewelry Makers: 5 Fast and Fun Methods Online Workshop

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Master the Jewelry Flex Shaft Volume 2: Hammer, Handpieces, Special Tips & Tricks Online Workshop
Master the Jewelry Flex Shaft, Volume 2 Online Workshop

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10 Sensational Silver Jewelry Making Projects eBook

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How to Photograph Your Jewelry: Beyond the Basics Online Workshop

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JEWELRY TRENDS

Poly Clay Play: 6 Fresh and New Polymer Clay Projects

I was shuffling through boxes of jewelry supplies recently when lo and behold! I found brand-spanking-new packs of polymer clay, still soft and squishy. You would’ve thought…

Colorful Inspiration for National Relaxation Day

August 15 is National Relaxation Day. If you’re like me and not being productive makes you feel like a slug, celebrate National Relaxation Day with me and…

Can You Fire Stones in Metal Clay?

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear during a metal clay workshop is: “Can you fire stones in metal clay?” My reply is always “yes,…

Silver on the Ceiling: 7 Expert Jewelry Casting Tips

“There was silver on the ceiling!” Ever done a happy dance after something came out right on the first try? It doesn’t happen often. That’s what makes…

A Rainbow of Gemstones for Jewelry Making

It’s been raining here in eastern Pennsylvania. It’s been raining a lot! And we’ve seen more rainbows lately than I care to count. If only we could…

Bead Fest Special Events: A Jewelry Art Experience

Bead Fest is the East Coast’s largest beading and jewelry destination, with nearly 150 workshops, wholesale and retail vendors, an Inspiration Playground, and more. This year’s event…

Helen’s Tips on Packing Jewelry Tools for Travel

Tools are an essential part of jewelry making. No matter what level maker you are—from occasional jewelry maker to full-fledged bench jeweler—you’ve probably spent a small fortune…

Improve Your Jewelry Photography with GemLightbox

|Sponsored| Do you photograph your finished jewelry designs for use on social media, selling platforms, to display on your website, or to simply catalog what you’ve created?…

Sensitivity is a Gift for Soulful Jewelry Artist Jessica Jordan Coté

Jessica Jordan Coté’s detailed jewelry designs are a metaphor for life. “The idea of numerous small parts coming together to create a rich and complex whole is…

You’ll Be Surprised at the Materials in These Jewelry Designs

Trained as a metalsmith, Sarah Wilbanks focuses on image transfers and polymer clay to make jewelry designs you’d never guess relied on either. Imagine & Reimagine From…

What’s So Special About These 10 Gemstones?

Be prepared to change course abruptly. Ask anyone who’s walked a gem show with me: it’s an exercise in zigzagging from one tabletop to another to drink…

Meet the Gemstone: Rubies – What Causes the Color?

If you know your Alice (as in Wonderland), you know the Red Queen’s demand that her minions paint all the white roses red. Same thing happens in…

Metalsmithing: Traveling with Our Tools and Materials

Be careful whatcha carry in your carry on — especially when it comes to your metalsmithing tools and materials. Otherwise you’ll wind up spread eagle in the…

Trade Secrets: Teachers Share Some of their Best Metal and Wire Jewelry-Making Tips

Few things thrill me as much as learning new tips and techniques for making jewelry. But I get an equally joyful buzz from seeing the “Ah hah!”…

10 Ways to Avoid Work: Favorite Designs from Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

Maybe you never procrastinate. I’m not saying I do, but sometimes I find myself leafing through back issues and admiring the outstanding jewelry and gemstones that have…

Mindfulness and Healing with Gemstones and Other Natural Materials

Mindfulness is the practice of being present and in the moment. Taking a beat to catch your breath, then taking a deep breath while listening to the…

5 Jewelry Designs Inspired by Color

Color is a powerful tool and says so much without saying a word. And like a song, color can transport you to a particular time, place, or…

Net Profits: 6 Ways to Optimize Your Jewelry Business Images

Yes, there are many platforms people can use to find your jewelry business online, but let’s face it, Google is the one you need to please. Google…

Soldering with Confidence and Lexi Erickson’s 5 Rules

If you’re a little daunted by the idea of soldering, you’re not alone. Would it make you feel better to know that even Lexi Erickson was once…

Vintage Modern: How Jewelry Chain is Made

Any jewelry designer worth his or her salt has a favorite source for jewelry chain. There’s something special about chain that suits your design perfectly, drapes well,…