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Explore our guide to common types of jewelry clasps and closures used in necklaces and bracelets. Learn terminology & the best applications for each style.
December 09, 2014

Types of Jewelry Clasps & Closures

by Hilary Halstead Scott

Read our guide on types of jewelry clasps and closures popular in today's modern day necklace and bracelet designs. Choose the best clasp for each design with this helpful glossary of terms.

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Traditional Craft Schools are dotted around the country. The Craft School experience is designed to be a brief stay at a retreat campus wher
October 31, 2019

The Craft School Experience for Jewelers

by Kelli Vanyek Greene

The Craft School experience is designed to be a brief stay at a retreat campus where serious artists can explore a craft while enjoying a beautiful place and the company of like-minded peers.

Studio Art Degrees with a concentration in Metals/Jewelry Ball State University BFA & MFA Visual Arts - Metals Concentration Associate Profe
September 27, 2019

Studio Art Degrees with Jewelry Concentration

by Kelli Vanyek Greene

Are you interested in completing a bachelors degree in fine arts? There are so many great schools across the country that offer studio art programs that have a concentration in small metals and jewelry.

An elevator pitch is the cornerstone of jewelry sales that every small business owner needs. If you missed out on the binge-watching era of
September 19, 2019

Tips to Nail Your Jewelry Sales Elevator Pitch

by Hilary Halstead Scott

An elevator pitch is the cornerstone of jewelry sales that every small business owner needs. If you missed out on the binge-watching era of Shark Tank and other business competition TV shows this may be a new term for you. Fear not, this article will take a deep dive into pitching concisely with a compelling call to action. You’ll be a jewelry sales pro before you know it!

If you’ve been frustrated by Instagram over the past year, you are not alone. Many blame the algorithm, which, if you don’t know what that i
September 13, 2019

5 Tips to Increase Your Instagram Engagement

by Liz Kantner

Don't let Instagram's algorithm mess up your jewelry marketing! Guest author Liz Kantner has her top 5 tips to increase you Instagram engagement.

How do you stay on top of what’s happening in the jewelry world? Keeping up to date with jewelry trends and news has never been easier. Foll
September 12, 2019

Jewelry Blogs You Should Be Following

by Kelli Vanyek Greene

How do you stay on top of what’s happening in the jewelry world? Keeping up to date with jewelry trends and news has never been easier. Follow these blogs to be in the know with all things jewelry related.

A jewelry tumbler can save you valuable time in a studio. It can place a mirror finish on a piece in minutes and work harden findings so you
August 07, 2019

Why You Need a Jewelry Tumbler in Your Studio

by Erica Stice

If you love mirror finishes a jewelry bench polisher is the ideal tool for you. But did you also know that it's an excellent tool to work harden your findings, too? In my opinion, this is one tool that every jewelry studio can benefit from.

Are you interested in having a line of your jewelry plated with gold or silver? The process of electroplating can be overwhelming so we made
August 06, 2019

Jewelry Plating Contractors

by Kelli Vanyek Greene

Are you interested in having a line of your jewelry plated with gold or silver? The process of electroplating can be overwhelming so we made a list of jewelry plating contractors that would be happy to provide the service for you.

Whether you are ready to start working with a jewelry casting contractor or are just curious to see what services are out there you should c
August 05, 2019

Jewelry Casting Contractors

by Kelli Vanyek Greene

Whether you are ready to start working with a jewelry casting contractor or are just curious to see what services are out there you should check out our list of U.S. companies ready to help out small jewelry businesses.

Let's go over some of the most popular jewelry finishing effects that you can achieve when creating jewelry pieces. From pumice and patinas to satin and mirror finishes, I'll show you how to create simple jewelry finishes.
July 30, 2019

Creating Jewelry Finishing Effects - A Sampler of Tool Attachments & Results

by Erica Stice

Understanding jewelry tools and what each one does can be overwhelming. In this article, we help you navigate through the popular jewelry finishes and the tool attachments you'll need to create them.

A jewelry bench polisher will save you time. From sanding, to satin and mirror finishes, this mini jewelry tool will become the workhorse in your studio!
July 16, 2019

Jewelry Bench Polisher & Attachments

by Erica Stice

A bench polisher is indispensable in a jewelry studio! Find out why, with this guide to jewelry bench polishing and attachments.

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