TAGS: Jewelry Design

  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, May/June 2015

    Learn the best tips for tumbling stone from expert Jim Perkins! Discover the newest tools of the year from tool maven Helen Driggs. Make a big bezel using a small torch and kiln while you learn the tricks for great results. Obtain essential insights and advice on starting your jewelry business. Transform ordinary copper plumbing pipe into unique curved jewelry. Plus, learn about and enjoy the sparkle of gemstone mosaics!

  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, January/February 2015

    Think outside the box in the January/February issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist with designer Marilyn Mack as she shows you how to combine a variety of stones and metals into a stunning piece. Follow the step by step tutorial filled with tips and tricks as you make her gorgeous chrysocolla pendant. Having fun combining new materials? Take a look at the innovative new designs from students at the German center of jewelry and gem design who do more than think outside the box - they abandon it all together.

    If you feel like sticking to the fundamentals, learn basic techniques and tools with Senior Editor Helen Driggs as she presents tips and tricks to create the perfect custom ring ­- even where to get the best tools for the job. For a fundamental lesson that results in a breathtaking necklace, the Thunder Bay Amethyst Pendant utilizes 3 basic settings that shows off 3 versions of February's birthstone, combining a rare stone with more readily available materials.

    With all of these enticing projects, how does one find time to make them all? Cathleen McCarthy gives us smart ways to allocate hours and make time for jewelry making. Whether for fun or for profit, her examination of work habits and productivity helps you considers ways to maximize creative time. Learn how to prioritize and rethink multitasking so you can work smarter, not harder.

    Also in this issue is the Annual Buyers' Directory filled with everything you need for jewelry-making supplies, tools, gemstones, and more.

  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, January/February 2013

    It’s the combined Special Gem Issue and Annual Buyers’ Directory – new for 2013, suppliers listed in the directory who are Tucson show vendors are identified as such for your convenience. See the winner of the Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist 65th Anniversary Faceting Contest and find instructions to cut the design yourself.  Learn the ins and outs of great stone setting tools, then learn to gypsy set stones in a silver ring or create a custom setting with wire and prongs for a one-of-a-kind gem pendant with tube-set diamonds. See the amazing large-scale gem carvings of gem photographer Harold Van Pelt and jewelry size carvings of Naomi Sarna and Larry woods. Discover Margaret De Patta’s far-forward-looking jewelry from the past, and see how contemporary couture jewelers are incorporating this spring’s fashion colors. Plus, find some easy ways to promote your jewelry online using Instagrams.

  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist January/February 2011

    Discover the world of designer gems, fabulous one-of-a-kind cuts and unusual materials that can make your custom jewelry stand out: find gem designers, learn what to look for when you buy, and what setting skills you’ll need to set these outstanding stones. Learn basic gem carving and stone polishing using the jeweler’s mainstay equipment, the flex shaft, and see what new products are on the market for stone cutting.