10 Jewelry Designs with Texture You Can See

Many moons ago when I was a little kid, I was mesmerized by smooth, shiny surfaces. I didn’t think of things that felt uneven to the touch as richly textured. I thought of them as bumpy, lumpy, and rough. At the time, brightly polished wasn’t the greatest thing in my opinion alone: the culture as […]

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There’s a fossil gem that looks like precious opal? Classic jackets for turning studs into dangling earrings are back? Or maybe it’s bracelet-making tools you’re after. From learning pierced overlay, making a wire-wrapped ring, or cutting a cabochon, to getting an eyeful of upcycled jewelry designs made with materials most people throw out, we’ve got […]

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Lorraine Kolasa has the most cohesive, signature jewelry style I have ever seen–and it sells. When I participated with her last summer in the Michigan Silversmiths Guild booth at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, we all did well. But her work outsold the other seven of us, eight to one. Or so it seemed. Signature […]

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Create a toggle set with a stone that works equally well as a secure jewelry finding and a decorative focal By Kieu Pham Gray Function or design, which comes first? I love design and function equally. And where I can, I like to make my designs functional. Why not kill two birds with one stone? […]

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There’s nothing new under the sun, most will tell you. But in jewelry trends and jewelry design, sometimes certain styles reappear more vividly, capturing many imaginations along the way. ABOVE: openwork brooch by Suzanne Williams. Hot Jewelry Trends: Openwork One of the most popular jewelry trends at the Tucson gem shows this season, especially by […]

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Disney-Marvel’s movie, Black Panther, earned $427 million worldwide during its first four days. And it is loaded with designs from jewelry artist Douriean Fletcher. Creatively, Fletcher gave her own blockbuster performance, coming up with hundreds of designs and details on deadline for the cast. She also designed a line of merchandise jewelry for the public. […]

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In January, I posted a JCK-inspired 2018 jewelry trends forecast, suggesting that artistic jewelers will have an edge over conventional stores when it comes to selling their work to millennials. Then my son, Hans, visited a few days later. So I asked him what he thought. He’s a full-time energy analyst in Portland, Oregon, and […]

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A post in the New York Times recently tipped me off that jewelry design house Tiffany & Co. excels at making everyday objects. Designed with a twist, they do come with a pretty hefty price tag. But you can’t match Tiffany quality. The beauty of this creative company is that its products could inspire you […]

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How many new metalsmithing techniques could possibly be developed in a craft as ancient as this one? Not many — and yet, in the 1980s, Charles Lewton-Brain did just that. He invented foldforming. Score, fold, forge, and anneal in various combinations, and then unfold metal sheet to reveal a new form. ABOVE: Jurors’ Choice, Amir […]

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Different Keeps Us Coming Back Interest is largely about contrast. An endless expanse of the same thing may be remarkable for its continuity, but things that are different invite us to explore and keep us looking, listening, or otherwise engaged for a lot longer. One of the most popular and low-tech ways to create contrast in […]

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