Bead Fest is right around the corner and we’re gearing up for a great show. We can’t wait to welcome you and help you have a wonderful experience, whether taking a class, shopping, visiting with friends, or all of the above. A recent team conversation included some fun (and useful) tips on how to approach […]

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“Spring cleaning” can happen any time of year. Something about our inner psyche, though, has this phenomenon kicking into high gear right as the days get longer and the sun feels warmer. We find ourselves opening windows to let stale air out and fresh air in, washing those windows to clean away winter debris, dusting […]

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When in Tucson, AZ for the gem and jewelry shows, it’s hard not to be swept into a shopping frenzy of jewelry-making supplies. The beads, the pearls, the gemstones — the everything! It’s actually hard to resist shopping during any gem, bead, or jewelry show, no? Once back in our studios, it’s then hard not […]

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We say it every year: This year’s Tucson shows were the best! When the Jewelry team is in Tucson for the gem, jewelry, mineral, and fossil (etc.) shows, we have incredibly long days, very tired feet, shockingly little sleep, and ridiculous amounts of fun. We also work really hard, really long hours to see as […]

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I can’t believe it’s already time to register for Bead Fest Philly. I haven’t even had a chance to tell you about Bead Fest Santa Fe! It was big fun, hanging out with dear old friends and making new ones, shopping for beads and jewelry-making supplies, taking jewelry classes in roll printing and keum boo, […]

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This is worth repeating: Your dentist could be a source of jewelry-making materials. The reason is because dentists and jewelers have a lot in common. Both work with fine details. Both also utilize precious alloys, molds, wax, investment, flex shafts, polishing materials, and casting in their work. Some of you would probably rather avoid your […]

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Another Tucson is in the books. Attending the Tucson gem shows (or gem, jewelry, bead, mineral, and fossil shows, as some call them) is always such a fun whirlwind, I sometimes forget all the cool jewelry-making supplies and trends I saw until I get back home and review my photos. Take a look back at […]

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Happy, happy, joy, joy! That can mean only one thing! It’s January and the Tucson Gem Shows are starting. Yes! It’s a huge show of international proportions, the largest gem show in the world. In our business, the big question among all of us is, “Are you going to Tucson?” Going to Tucson doesn’t mean […]

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After many years attending the Tucson gem shows, I’ve learned a thing or two! Here’s my best advice to help you have a great time at The Show. 1. Bring your own water (and snacks), and don’t pay $3.50 to $4 a bottle. Tucson is dry and dehydration is prevalent. DRINK LOTS OF WATER. Go […]

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Soon I’ll be walking the sparkling aisles at one of dozens of gem, jewelry, bead, and mineral shows in Tucson. And I can’t wait! If you’re heading to Tucson soon as well, here are six friendly reminders to help you have a better experience shopping for jewelry-making supplies. Budgets are Green in Tucson Have cash on […]

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