Channel Setting Round Stones Knowing how to set melee diamonds demonstrates another aspect of quality in your shop by Mark B. Mann Director of Professional Certification Jewelers of America This installment begins a new format we think you’ll like more illustrations, fewer words!
Make Delicate Designs in Wood with a Plunge Router, a Template, and a Tiny Bit.
Electroforming frees designers from weighty constraints and offers a myriad of creative possibilities. But marketing the final product takes attention to detail and an informed customer Electroforming: is it a technological marvel or a jewelry flash-in-the-pan?
Techniques ranging from ancient to sci-fi create unlimited design opportunities for goldsmiths. Here’s a look at how they work.
Do-it-yourself and jewelry making novices take note: now you can make pieces just like the pros. Mitsubishi Materials Corp. of Japan has invented Precious Metal Clay, patented worldwide, that can be squeezed, pounded, rolled or otherwise squashed into shape, then fired in a kiln. After three hours or so, out comes a piece of jewelry…
If this were an exercise in free association and you were asked to repeat what comes to mind when you hear the term “filigree,” chances are you’d think of the word “wire”-along with the accompanying mental image of a metalsmith twirling vermicelli-like strands of gold into open, airy designs.
If gem inlay is a simple matter of gluing mineral slivers into metal recesses, why does it take apprentices at Bagley & Hotchkiss Ltd. Three years to learn the basics of this art?
If you want to see sterling examples of precious metal inlay, look at your face in a mirror and open wide. Your fillings, assuming you have some, are perfect illustrations of this technique. Put as simply and broadly as possible, inlay is the permanent embedding of one material in another.
When customers rifle product questions at your sales associates, they needn’t head for cover Here, MJ answers the questions consumers most often ask about gold jewelry.
Gold doesn’t have to glitter to be gold. In fact, many jewelry manufacturers deliberately trade high gloss for low luster in order to give their pieces a muted appearance. Since gold is, by nature, a metal that loves to shine, keeping it from doing so requires skillful mutilation with various abrasives.