Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, August 2014

Nothing adds color and interest to a piece of jewelry like a perfectly set, expertly cut cabochon that exhibits wonderful color and striking patterns. Discover the intrinsic beauty in blue and green azurite malachite and learn all the dos and don'ts for using this unique stone in jewelry. Then see how fabulous it looks set in silver and follow along as Lexi Erickson show you how to desing around a free-form stone for a one-of-a-kind pendant. Learn to use pliers and flat wire for the partial bezel and create your own decoratively balled and traditional prongs for the setting.

Prefer a warmer palette? Try the brilliantly streaked orange, yellow, and black "bumblebee jasper" and learn all the dos and don'ts for using these unique stones. Then Lexi Erickson shows you how to design around and set cabs into a pendant and pair of earrings. But don't miss how amazing some of the Ethiopian opal from Welo looks faceted, even though opal is almost alway cut en cabochon!

For a more understated piece, join Roger Halas in forming a simple copper cuff bracelet and see how he adds interest to it with carefully placed silver wire rivets and precision letter stamping.

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Lexi Erickson's Azurite Malachite Pendant
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Lapidary Journal - Jewelry Artist

August 2014
Volume 68, Number 4

Print Magazine Table of Contents

Features | Advertising Sections

Print Features

4

My Turn
from the Editor
Tuck in Your Shirt . . .

6

Your Turn
Design Challenge & Letters

8

Their Turn
A Gallery of This Issue’s Contributors

10

Net Profits: Turn Your Jewelry Into a Google Magnet
by Cathleen McCarthy
more online at jewelrymakingdaily.com/ netprofits
14

Cool Tools & Hip Tips: Hand Tool Renaissance
by Helen I. Driggs

AZURITE MALACHITE / SETTING

18

Smokin' Stones: Azurite Malachite
by Sharon Elaine Thompson

20

Azurite Malachite Pendant
jewelry project by Lexi Erickson

26 Faceting Welo Opals
gem demo by Mark Oros

BUMBLEBEE GEMS AND JEWELRY

30 That Bumblebee Stone
materials by Terri Haag
34 Falling Leaves Earrings
jewelry project by Lexi Erickson
38 Soldering Setups: Victoria Lansford
42 Trends: Body Conscious
by Deborah Yonick
46

Stamped Copper & Silver Cuff
jewelry project by Roger Halas

50

Manhattan in the Gilded Age
design by Cathleen McCarthy

56 Facets
News & Product Innovations
60

Ask the Experts
by Tom & Kay Benham

80

The Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist
Doer's Profilte: Claudio Pino

ADVERTISING

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

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