Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist is the leading enthusiast magazine about jewelry and gems. Articles and instructions cover jewelry making and gem cutting, emphasizing technique and design. Readers are active amateurs and practicing professionals and range from beginner to advanced.
For projects and demos, writers must be able to substantiate that material submitted is accurate and must make sure that all steps involved in the creation of the piece are feasible using the tools listed. Nothing should be needed beyond the scope of what is contained in the article in order to complete the project.
Queries are preferred prior to submissions; a brief description and lo-res image will suffice initially. We encourage contributors to study several recent issues of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist to become familiar with our current approach and style.
All accepted work is subject to editing at our discretion.
Projects include but are not limited to metalsmithing, including but not limited to fabrication, casting, wirework, forging, electroforming, soldering, engraving, enameling, stone setting, metal clay, mixed media with metal; and gem cutting, including but not limited to faceting, carving, cabbing, inlay, and intarsia. We also occasionally accept Features Stories on the same group of topics.
Project processes are presented as photographs, with descriptions of what is going on in the photo, and a few sentences describing what takes place between photographs. Lease keep in mind we are a “beginner friendly” publication, however, unless a project is intended for a complete beginner, it is not necessary to show or exhaustively explain the minute details of well-understood processes. Rather, it is enough to note that certain skills are expected of the maker. For example, if soldering is required, simply list soldering as one of the required skills, and at the appropriate point in the text write, for example, “Flux and sweat solder all parts. Pickle, rinse and dry.”
Issues may also provide links to the Internet on which we may post some processes as video clips, and we request that you provide clips of particularly challenging processes if possible. Clips should be no longer than a few minutes, preferably 1-3, and begin with a clear, concise description of what you will show.
File format details for text, photos, and video clips are given below.
PROJECT/DEMO SUBMISSION CHECKLIST
NOTE: We must have everything listed below to accept a project for scheduling. Please return your signed contract as quickly as possible for prompt payment.
- Author name, contact information (address, phone, e-mail, Web address, not published except by request, and then only one form), and one-sentence bio
- Project description
- Skills required, and about how long it took to make the piece. Optional: a breakdown of the time it took for each of the major processes.
- A brief paragraph to preface the project
- A complete list of tools and materials required (including any TrademarkTM or Registered Trademark® symbols. We prefer generic product descriptions to brand names but will publish brand names provided the writer explains her or his preference for the brand (which may include the fact that it is the only one she or he has tried). Please offer resources for hard to find items.
- Clearly numbered process photographs as detailed below
- Clearly numbered instructional steps that correspond to the photographs
- Brief instructions for steps that take place between photographs
- A thumbnail sheet or contact sheet of all enclosed photos
- Complete caption information for additional photography supplied of additional works, which may be used in the contributors’ gallery section called Their Turn
- The actual piece for us to photograph as detailed below
- Please list tips, tricks, suggested reading, sources or other anecdotal information at the end of the of the project instructions.
- A brief description of “An Easier Way,” that is, a modification of the design or equipment, such as the use of a butane or other micro torch, without stone setting, used to make the project more accessible, without creating an entire second project.
Any projects involving the use of acids, abrasive chemicals, or machinery that could result in injury must include appropriate precautions in the article.
- Include brief answers (a sentence or two) to some or all of these questions as is appropriate to the work:
- What was your starting point for this design?
- What’s it supposed to accomplish?
- Who’s it for?
Design Elements and Principles
- Which design element (color, value, texture, finish, form, line, space, etc.) is most significant in it?
- Which design principle? (repetition, variation, contrast, balance, unity, etc.)
- Were there any wearability/functionality challenges? How were they resolved?
- Major construction/fabrication challenge and resolution?
- Major budget challenge and resolution?
We work with Microsoft Word. Text may be e-mailed directly to the assigning editor or sent on CD, but it must be available electronically.
PLEASE: Do not paste photographs into the manuscript unless you are also submitting separate files that contain text only and images only, and do not apply extensive formatting to the text. Projects are typically between 700 and 1,200 words, and may run serially at the editor’s discretion.
Photographs must accompany critical project steps. It is not necessary to shoot each step, just important points in the process. Typically, 10-20 photos are sufficient for a project of intermediate level which includes, for example, fabrication and finishing.
Photos must be at least 300DPI jpeg or tiff digital files measuring a minimum of 5×7 inches and included on the submission CD. It is preferable for shots to be consistent, and against a neutral background when possible. Please focus close to the piece and provide sharp, well-lit photos.
The finished piece should be available for photography when requested. High quality color slides of the finished work may also be used if available. Remember to provide caption information and a photographer credit for these images. If the actual finished piece is requested, please indicate the value of each piece(s) for return shipping insurance coverage, but don’t send it until we request it.
All images should be labeled and captioned to correspond with the appropriate instruction. While all images submitted may or may not be used, we reserve the right to determine what will best illustrate the project so that it is clear to the reader.
Our style for labeling photographs within project text is: PHOTO 1 Description …
We prefer to receive files files via Dropbox using this address: Helen.Driggs (at) fwcommunity (dot) com.
We prefer high definition, which is what most newer consumer video camcorders and the iPhone take. For iPhones, we recommend using the 4s or up. We strongly encourage supporting the camera with a tripod or similar stabilization to eliminate camera shake.
It is also important to get quality audio for clips, and while all camcorders and the iPhone will record audio simultaneously, it is best if recording is done in a very quiet room. On-board microphones are excellent at gathering all sound in all directions, which includes room echo and background noise.
Please train the camera on the action, exactly as you would a still process shot. Then, speaking clearly, deliberately and as close to the camera as possible, record the clip.
We recommend using a file transfer system for delivery, such as, FTP, Dropbox, or snail mailing a thumb drive with the video clips, to ensure the highest resolution and quality.
SUBMISSIONS AND QUERIES
Where to send your submission: If text is emailed, please include Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist in the subject heading and send to Helen.Driggs (at) fwcommunity (dot) com.
Please email for a mailing address to which to send a disk of text and images as well as a mailing address to which to send the piece for photography. Do not send physical jewelry until it is requested by the assigning editor.
Writers must complete a rights agreement and W-9 form. Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist pays a nominal fee to contributors upon publication of the article. Fee is based on length and complexity, and determined by the editor.
Our goal is to incorporate the highest quality video into our products as possible, to match to our existing standards. That said, High Definition video is preferred, but most newer consumer video camcorders and the iPhone only take HD video. If using an iPhone, we ask for models 4s and up. We strongly encourage supporting the camera with a tripod or similar stabilization to eliminate camera shake, which looks unprofessional.
It is important to also get quality audio for these video clips, and while all camcorders and the iPhone will record audio simultaneously, it is best if recording is done in a very quiet room. On-board microphones are excellent at gathering all sound in all directions, which includes room echo and background noise.
Please instruct your contributors to train the camera on the ‘action’, exactly as they would a still ‘step out’ shot. Then, speaking clearly, deliberately and as close to the camera as possible, record the clip.
We recommend using a file transfer system for delivery, such as, FTP, Dropbox, or snail mailing a thumb drive with the video clips, to ensure the highest resolution and quality. If you plan to link to a YouTube video within your product, simply upload and link as normal. Remember, all YouTube videos are public unless manually switched to Unlisted or Private. I would still recommend uploading to YouTube from a computer, rather than the device due to the compression, but that is up to you the quality you’re willing to incorporate into your product.