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A business plan is a tool to help you work through planning and preparations steps so your jewelry business will be successful.
September 21, 2020

Jewelry Business Plan Toolkit

by Kelli Vanyek Greene

The Jewelry Business Plan Toolkit is the perfect resource whether you are just launching or realizing later in the process that your business needs some attention to get off the ground.

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Finding a work life balance between parenting and running your jewelry business can be a struggle.
February 04, 2021

Balancing Parenting & Your Jewelry Business

by Kelli Vanyek Greene

Being a jewelry business owner means you are already juggling multiple tasks and trying to find time to execute them all. Now, add in another job that takes even more patience and talks back. Whether you started your business after becoming a parent or had little ones along the way; finding a work life balance that makes the whole family happy can be a struggle.

Recently decided to sign up for your first jewelry making class? We have advice from some of the best in the industry on what to expect.
February 03, 2021

What to Expect in Your First Jewelry Making Class

by Ashley Maldonado

So you’ve made the decision to take your first jewelry class? Congrats! We reached out to some of our preferred teachers to help give you an idea of what to expect.

Why jewelry chains break & how can you prevent it from happening? Read for helpful tips & tricks on preventing jewelry chain from breaking.
December 18, 2020

Why Jewelry Chains Break & How You Can Prevent It

by Erica Stice

Let's look at why jewelry chains break and ways to prevent it. From common causes to less known culprits, I'll share some helpful tips to extend the life of your favorite jewelry chain.

Jewelry critiques can be intimidating. But they also progress your work. Learn how to make the most out of jewelry collection critiques.
November 19, 2020

The Value of Critiques When Developing a Jewelry Collection

by Vince Pontillo-Verrastro

Critiques can be one of the most intimidating aspects of making jewelry. But they can also help your work progress and open your jewelry to an all new group of people. Learn more from guest writer Vince Pontillo-Verrastro about how to make the most out of jewelry critiques.

Get your creative juices flowing by embellishing a cuff blank with pre-made jewelry findings! Enjoy all the design possibilities this will open up.
November 11, 2020

Embellishing a Cuff Blank with Pre-made Jewelry Findings

by Erica Stice

Have fun embellishing a cuff blank with pre-made findings! Sweat solder links, charms, heishes, and more to cuff blanks to create exciting jewelry pieces. Read the tutorial and watch the video here.

Guest writer Michelle Orman is highlighting some of our favorite BIPOC jewelry designers.
November 10, 2020

5 BIPOC Jewelry Designers to Watch

by Michelle Orman

Guest author Michelle Orman of Last Word Communications discusses the challenges BIPOC jewelry designers face and highlights 5 emerging artists to watch.

KP Studio located in Phoenix, AZ is a thriving metalsmithing studio school offering classes for beginning to intermediate jewelry artists.
November 02, 2020

Jewelry School Profile: KP Studio

by Kelli Vanyek Greene

Located just two hours south of Halstead Headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona is a thriving metalsmithing studio school. We took a day trip to check out the space, chat with the instructors and hang out with all of the KP Studio cats!

Create simple hoops using sterling silver wire! Hoops are a staple in earring collections and can be made in a large variety of sizes.
October 23, 2020

How-to Make Simple Wire Hoop Earrings

by Erica Stice

Create simple wire hoops using 20-22 gauge sterling silver wire! Hoops are a staple in earring collections and these can be made in a large variety of sizes. Have fun adding hoops to your jewelry designs!

Adding handmade jewelry to your boutique or gift shop inventory is quick and easy but often gives a great return. Read on for some of the best ways to make and add jewelry to your boutique store.
October 14, 2020

Sterling Silver Necklaces for Easy Gift Sales

by Ashley Maldonado

Simple sterling silver necklaces make great gift options for your customers, without much effort from you. Simply adding charms to a necklace chain or earrings can help build out your inventory for seasonal surges.

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