Who doesn’t love including gorgeous stones in their jewelry designs? Nothing enhances a piece more than a colorful fabulous gem. The first technique that comes to mind when thinking of stone setting is, of course, the traditional bezel. But there are a lot more ways to set stones—and experimenting with those alternative techniques can be […]

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If emerald is your birthstone, you already know it is one of the most expensive varieties of gemstones. Finding a combination of clean and intensely colored material is one of the most difficult searches in the gem world. So what do you do if you love the color of emeralds and want to wear something […]

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Perfection isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. I think a perfect circle can be perfectly boring. It’s the departure from a circle — or any shape — that gets my attention. ABOVE: Uniformly colored and finished cabochons with varying and irregular shapes give this bracelet design both cohesion and variation. Bracelet by Bill […]

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Emeralds’ long history and rich color mean that over the years, they’ve accumulated a wealth of lore and legend. Can the intense green mean anything other than spring, rebirth, and fertility? Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that it was chosen as the birthstone for May. It’s a month of almost overwhelming green in the season […]

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Emeralds are some of the most beloved gemstones in the world–especially by those whose birthdays are in May. However, richly colored, unflawed or lightly flawed emeralds are difficult to find and very expensive when they are found. So it was only natural that someone would try to do better than Mother Nature. In the 1930s, […]

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Birthstones often have swashbuckling histories, but for me, emeralds have one of the swashbuckling-est of all. Above photo: Emerald crystals, Getty Images. I always think of Spanish conquistadors, those blood-thirsty gold-hungry invaders of South America, when I think of emeralds. They terrorized the native populations, tortured, enslaved, and slaughtered them. And once they had their […]

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Add dimension, color, and lots of life to earrings by doming the metal and adding faceted gems. Prong setting gemstones is easy using a versatile new gem setting system from Sam Patania. Sparkling in 3D: Prong Setting Gemstones on Domed Earrings By Sam Patania from the January/February issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Opening photo […]

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Two powerhouses of the beryl family take their places in the birthstone cycle. One is emerald, appearing in May. The other is aquamarine, the birthstone for March. ABOVE: This 12.47 carat, light blue Burmese aqua is an example of the delicate pastel range of aquamarine. Photo by Mia Dixon, courtesy Pala International. Aquamarine Clarity Besides its […]

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Create mesmerizing sterling silver pendant with lapis and a topaz teardrop By Michael Paone Eyes are compelling: when we see an eye, we feel an irresistible urge to look. That is true for representations as well, making the eye an exceptionally strong design feature that has been used around the world and for thousands of […]

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Amethyst is probably one of the most well-known gemstones, and possibly one of the most loved, due to the rich reddish purple to violet color it can achieve in the finest qualities. But it is only the birthstone of those born in February. ABOVE: This magnificent carved amethyst, in an 18k yellow gold pendant by Deborah […]

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