Of all the different types of jewelry, rings often have the most significance. Engagement rings, wedding rings, friendship rings — they all have deep meanings. And rings are very likely to be passed down from generation to generation. Personally, I wear my late mother’s gold filigree and diamond ring every day. When you think of […]

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This week, I’m reminded of a very old, very bad joke that my dad used to tell. My dad was as German as a person could be. In fact, he had the most German name ever — Otto Rosenbusch. But every year on St. Patrick’s Day, Dad would wear all green and […]

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Free Gemstone Jewelry-Making Patterns

My love of gemstones goes back to my rock-hounding days at about the age of seven. I kept my prized “gemstone” collection in a pink Styrofoam egg carton, and as I only had 12 spots to work with and many more stones than that. I remember categorizing and recategorizing, sorting and resorting them, based on […]

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Gemstones have been prized by humans for hundreds of years. Besides their natural beauty, natural gemstones are prized for their “mystic” powers. Each has a unique meaning and will help bring anything from wealth to health, and good luck to empowerment to the wearer. Even if you treasure gemstones more for their beauty than meaning, […]

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Free Lapidary Jewelry Guide: Gemstones

I’ve been a fan of rock-hunting since I was a girl, when I could find quartz, mica, and pyrite just about anywhere. Now there are some interesting mineral specimens and pieces of lapidary rough in my rock and gem collection, and learning to be a lapidary (rock cutting or gem cutting) is on my things-to-learn list. […]

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Must-See Jewelry Designs by Merle White The Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show is always a treat, and this year’s was no exception. Some 200 artists exhibited in all craft media, including more than 50 jewelry artists. Here are a couple whose work really caught my eye. Standout Recycled Jewelry Artists For a touch […]

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Gemstone of the Month: Leland Blue Stone

By Karla Rosenbusch, Managing Editor, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist When some people think of gemstones, they think of the “big ones”–diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and the like. Me? I like the more unusual, esoteric stones. And one of my all-time favorites is actually recycled industrial waste, Leland Blue Stone. Leland Blue is a by-product of […]

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Setting stones is an advanced skill that can separate hobby jewelry making from artisan jewelry creations. Sure, you can buy premade bezels and solder them in place, but the ability to make your own bezels and set stones in them is a crucial metalsmithing skill to learn if you want to use unusual, freeform, and […]

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8 Expert Tips on How to Polish Rocks

Wondering how to polish rocks for jewelry? Think gemstones are just the best, but you’re not sure how to make them correctly? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve got the best tips on how to become a gemstone polishing expert. Whatever stage of rock or gem cutting you start with, stone polishing is the […]

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