Current Issue

Take professional-looking photos every time with a tutorial from expert Azur Mele. Discover why brass is the new black with tool maven Helen Driggs. Make a unique pendant with bezel, prong, and tube setting. Learn strategies to develop your own line of jewelry. Explore the basics of buying lapidary rough with Jeff Fulkerson. Discover the beauty and versatility of fossilized red oak jasper. Plus, learn about and enjoy the mystery and sparkle of opals.



Recent Issues

  • 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!

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, April 2015

    Learn the best practices for metal stamping from tool maven Helen Driggs as she shares the latest tools for this hot technique. Discover a rare and spectacular turquoise that combines with sterling for an edgy take on a classic symbol. What's the best class you've ever taken?  Hear the answers from ten top jewelry artists as they share their experiences. Plus learn about and enjoy the sparkling eye candy of color diamonds!

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, March 2015

    Learn why tool maven Helen Driggs likes forming metal on wood and find out which are her favorite wood forming tools. Discover a fabulous deep black drusy gem and make an elegant pendant with it. Tips for going viral: it's the way to get traction online with your home jewelry business. Learn all about the iconic Southwestern concho and make a Zuni style concho pendant while learning to prong set irregular stones that can make your jewelry truly unique. Plus find out what top designers are doing to meet demands for responsible sourcing of raw materials.

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  • 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.

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, December 2014

    Mix it up in the December issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist with Senior Editor Helen Driggs as she shows you the tools to use when incorporating other media in your jewelry designs. Learn about her favorites when working with plastic, glass, fiber, paper, leather, ceramic and more - plus where to find these tools and some of the materials you might want to try such as resin, leather or wood blanks. Ready to go make something? Check out Laurel Nathanson's fabulously funky demos on combining wood and metal with common or metalsmithing tools.  

    If you're in a more traditionalist frame of mind, discover the flower-like beauty of poppy jasper and try out Lexi Erickson's silver and red poppy jasper earring project: perfect for the winter holidays . . . or summer fun . . .or any time you want a bright splash of color. For the ultimate in traditional, learn to fabricate a classic wedding ring - a basic band ring in gold - and discover simple tips for giving it a special touch.  

    Also in this issue, you'll see why designers say statement necklaces are the in piece of jewelry, and explore the varied and creative world of jewelry with themes from nature and parts that move in surprising ways. Learn step by step how to make a finely engineered flowerpot pendant  with a secret, and find a brand-new oval facet design.  

    If you have a jewelry business or are thinking of starting one of your own, you'll discover three top books by successful entrepreneurs and the rules they followed or broke to get there. Get the skinny on the massive effect China's dramatic rise to important global player has had on the gem and jewelry trades and how that is likely affecting you today.

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, November 2014

    Favorite Tools for Jewelry Making! Discover the pros' favorite tools and what they love about them - and find more great tools for wirework, sawing, soldering, etching, pattern transferring, and more! Plus learn to use a new stamping tool and how to make a big splash quickly and inexpensively when you create a bib necklace using precut disks of a lightweight, silver-colored new metal, and then add text like names, inspirational thoughts, and more with easy-to-use letter stamps.  

    Also in the November issue:  
    Explore color as you create confetti-like patterns on niobium earrings
    Discover the lovely "waterlily" sapphire and an updated Old Mine cut for it
    Add fusing silver to your skill set and make a link bracelet bursting with texture
    Learn Faberge's special technique for brilliant enamels in a pendant project
    Satisfy your holiday customers by making sure you deliver their gifts on time  

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, September/October 2014

    See how easy it is to cut, shape, and connect brightly colored acrylic sheet using the jewelry tools you already have as you from the piece for fashionable rings. Then simply connect the acrylic and silver with rivets, and you're good to go. Plus learn to fabricate a stunning agate pendant with tube-set diamond accent from start to finish, create a trendy archer's thumg ring, and take a look at some of the innovative and create ways jewelry designers are using photography in their jewelry.

    PLUS: Find super tips from soldering to chasing and repousse; make sure you deliver holiday orders to your customers on time; discover the 5 megathemes in fashionfor 2015 by trendsetter Swarovski; add to your gem cutting skill set with advice on cutting free forms and carving a stone's top; explore the latest enameling options from liquid enamels to new colors to tools, tips, and more!

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  • 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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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, July 2014

    Save time and effort by using metal that is already cut or patterned for you: see what's new in metal stock including precut blanks, textured sheet and strip, patterned wire - even engraved disks.  

    Put your jewelry selling efforts where they're going to pay off more and more by making your online site easy to use on the fastest growing market segment of mobile. Find fast and simple ways to make your site tablet- and smartphone-friendly now. Don't miss out on any more sales: do it right away!  

    Learn basic bezel setting as you make a jasper pendant with decorative gallery wire, and learn to cut a basic jasper cabochon yourself. Create a 3D effect in silver and copper metal clays when you create a shadowbox pendant.  

    Go beyond basic and challenge yourself as you create a soaring phoenix in silver and brass and set with carved and faceted gems: practice your sawing, stamping, soldering and setting, plus see how to carve a piece of tigereye and cast a setting for any carved stone.  

    Plus find edgy amber jewelry designs, amazing golden artifacts from the ancient Andeans, soldering tips, answers to your technical questions, and more!

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  • 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

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, April 2014

    Black is back! See what top designers are doing with black in their jewelry and discover how to get a perfect black patina on your sterling silver. For more drama, suspend your next stones for hanging earrings using a saddle setting, which leaves most of the gem visible for maximum impact. Or, create a classic three-stone, Navajo-style silver cuff with turquoise cabochons for a different kind of jewelry with real visual impact.

    Working with pewter as an inexpensive alternative to silver sometimes? Now you can cast it, too: see how as you make pewter and silver pin. Plus, if you're into casting, you won't want to miss the 36 tips, tools, and techniques we've pulled together on carving wax models for casting.

    Also discover five new tools with interesting finishing applications, a favorite soldering torch, great things you can accomplish with scrap leather in the metalsmithing studio, the advantages of Wyoming jade and ocean jasper, how to harness the power of Pinterest in your jewelry sales. Plus: find out about our latest contest, the new Gemmy Awards!

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, March 2014

    Find out what else some basic jewelry making tools can do besides the basics and what tools and equipment jewelry experts prefer to use for soldering.

    Discover the traditional Korean technique of keum boo, in which you apply very small pieces of gold foil to silver or another metal to give the whole a rich look at an economical price - plus learn to roll your own gold foil! Then make ever so tactile keum boo earrings, and a touch of keum boo to a pendant that features the glimmering blue gemstone called kyanite and a deeply colored freshwater pearl - and learn all about kyanite and see what other contemporary designers are doing with today's pearls.

    Create a dimensional wavy bangle bracelet using anticlastic raising techniques with basic jewelry making tools and apply a colorful patina inside the curl of the wave. Promote yourself in your local market by selling at trunk shows and loaning out pieces to high-profile figures who will wear your work to their work. Plus tips on buying and cutting Guatemalan jadeite, answers to your questions, a design challenge, new products, and the annual index to past projects, feature articles, and columns.

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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, January/February 2014

    Get the most out of your gemstones with unique settings! Create a dazzling heart ornament with glittering red goldstone, flowing sterling silver ribbons, and gold-colored drusy accents for a sparkling ladies' bolo, also suitable for any slide or pendant. Set the heart-shaped cabochon in a special partial bezel, the accents and bolo tips in traditional bezels. Make a kinetic bracelet by forming a channeled brass bangle, place round onyx beads inside it, then close up the opening just enough to keep the beads from escaping and watch them roll back and forth – and learn to use the latest Fretz hammers and stakes at the same time. Use a dramatic marquise-shaped agate as the focal of a tiered cuff with progressively sized additional stones.
    Also, learn about a newly discovered agate from Mexico and see what Europe's most talented gem cutters are up to, favorite multi-use tools of our favorite tool junkie, Helen Driggs, what our experts use for soldering, and how you can create your own website easily with Wordpress.
    Includes the Annual Buyers' Directory with gem and jewelry making products and services, suppliers, and where to find suppliers at home, online, and at the Tucson shows.
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  • Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, December 2013

    Improve your soldering with this special jewelry soldering section! You'll find the latest on portable torches that can also be easily used at home, learn to create more than one solder join on a piece without melting the previous one as you create a lovely filigree silver bead, see what kind of soldering setup Soldering Queen Lexi Erickson uses, and make a rugged ring with textured silver shank and stone set on stone.
    Make soldered silver and leather earrings with metal sheet, or make them without soldering using metal clay. Find expert help, new products on the market, and learn about Jewelspan: the latest in ecommerce dedicated to your craft!
    Then explore sources of amethyst from a visit to Arizona's famous Four Peaks to Brazil's mega-producing state of Rio Grande do Sul and see how fabulous a piece of Bahian amethyst looks faceted in an improved trillion cut. And top it off with a breathtaking look at the astonishing and idiosyncratic jewelry designs of JAR, now on exhibit at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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