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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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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.

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.

We have compiled a list of the best college metal programs and BFAs for jewelry across the country.
July 15, 2019

College Metals Programs & BFAs for Jewelry

by Kelli Vanyek Greene

Are you interested in getting your BFA or furthering your education in jewelry and small metals? We have compiled a list of college metal programs and BFAs for jewelry across the country.

We have compiled a list of 8 great beginner jewelry making projects! From wire working and assembly to basic metalsmithing and soldering.
July 12, 2019

Beginner Jewelry Making Projects

by Kelli Vanyek Greene

If you are interested in jewelry making but are new to the craft it can be intimidating to know where to begin. To get you started we have compiled a list of 8 great beginner jewelry making projects!

See how you can save money on bulk jewelry wire, before you place your next order! We give you money saving tips on scrap, tangles, tarnish and more.
June 21, 2019

Tips to Save Money Buying Bulk Jewelry Wire

by Erica Stice

Save money buying bulk jewelry wire. Check out these money saving tips which cover tarnishing, tangling, and how to avoid waste. Learn how to use a rolling mill to keep your costs down, too.

Hiring a professional jewelry photographer can make you a little nervous. We talked to some pros to help ease your mind and bring your image quality up.
June 18, 2019

Tips for Hiring a Professional Jewelry Photographer

by Ashley Maldonado

Jewelers hear the same advice over and over again, photography can literally make the difference between success and failure in the field. Quality images help you to get into more shows, receive better PR coverage, and ultimately sell more jewelry. However, getting professional photos isn't always easy. Read on for tips to hire a professional jewelry photographer.

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