Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, May/June 2014

Keep growing!

There are more opportunities than ever today to expand and refine your jewelry making skill set, and our in-depth feature profiling five successful artists and the paths they took to get there will help you decide what kind of jewelry education is right for you. Then consult our comprehensive online directory of jewelry arts schools, programs, and classes to find the perfect environment for you.

Discover the newest group of Fretz hammers and stakes just out on the market and explore their potential as master goldsmith and jewelry and tool designer Bill Fretz shows you to make a fluted bangle with them -- and how this design evolves from earlier designs Bill shared with Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist readers recently.

Wouldn't it be great to see your jewelry designs on film and TV stars -- and wouldn't that help you increase your jewelry sales? Sure you'd love to see that and of course that could help boost your sales dramatically. Find out how to make it happen and then get the most out of your product placement now!

Plus, discover what really fine faceting is and who has those gems for sale, see how to create a spectacular special effect in stone, learn how to set an elongated focal with a cap and solder inlay, and see some of the coolest new tools displayed at the Tucson shows this year.

Then stretch and enter the Gemmy Awards -- Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist's brand-new competition -- for a chance to be showcased with the best in jewelry, other metalwork, and gems. Learn more at



About our cover...
Domed Fluted Bangle by Bill Fretz.

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Lapidary Journal - Jewelry Artist

May/June 2014
Volume 68, Number 2

Print Magazine Table of Contents

Features | Advertising Sections

Print Features


My Turn
from the Editor
Luxuriously Unexpected


Your Turn
Design Challenge & Letters


Their Turn
A Gallery of This Issue’s Contributors


Net Profits: Product Placement
by Cathleen McCarthy
more online at netprofits

Cool Tools & Hip Tips: Treasures from Tucson
by Helen I. Driggs



Smokin' Stones: David Brackna
by Sharon Elaine Thompson


Galaxy Gem
gem demo by Mark Oros

30 Domed Fluted Bangle: A Bracelet Evolves
jewelry project by Bill Fretz
38 Soldering Setups: Thomas Dailing
42 Trends: Hell Bent for Leather
by Deborah Yonick
46 Cap Mounted Pendant with Solder Inlay
jewelry project by Roger Halas



52 Learn to Succeed
education by Sharon Elaine Thompson

64 Facets
News & Product Innovations

Ask the Experts
by Tom & Kay Benham


The Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist
Doer's Profilte: Ford/Forlano



79 Advertisers’ Index
78 Classifieds
78 Gem & Jewelry Shops
59 Focus on Education

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