Halstead Jewelry Articles tagged with buying jewelry supplies

by Sylvie Alusitz

Lobster Clasps: All You Need to Know

Learn all you need to about lobster clasps. We break down their constructions, benefits, and tips for soldering near a clasp.

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by Erica Stice

A Jeweler's Guide to Essential Beading Findings

Learn about types of beading findings in our educational jewelry guide! When you are beginning beading, the lingo can be overwhelming. Learn the essential vocabulary and common components you will need. Choose the right beading wire, clasps, headpins, and more for your next beading design.

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by Erica Stice

Jewelry Metals: Guide to Gauges, Tempers, and Annealing lock

This blog outlines a few basics in jewelry metals concepts – tempers, gauges and annealing. Knowing about tempers and gauges will help you purchase the best sheet and wire for your jewelry.

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by Hilary Halstead Scott

How Jewelers Can Respond to Volatility in Gold and Silver Prices

What do you do when commodity markets swing? This article will explore how jewelry artists should respond to changes in gold and silver prices.

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by Hilary Halstead Scott

Silver Jewelry Supplies by Nation of Origin

The silver jewelry trade has a rich history. There are centers of production in the world where jewelry manufacturing took root generations ago. These market leaders are each known for different strengths. Learn about the major contributors to the trade to make better informed sourcing decisions.

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by Sylvie Alusitz

Jewelry Plating: Why and How it’s Used lock

This blog explains the process of metal plating, why jewelers and manufacturers use it, and some general information to help you make informed decisions on purchasing and production.

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by Erica Stice

Making Rings: Tips, Tricks, and Design Ideas

This blog covers important information – like how to buy the right material for making rings. But we’ll also discuss the fun stuff – design ideas and tips and tricks for creating one-of-a-kind rings!

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by Katie Hacker

Top 3 Questions from New Halstead Customers

It feels risky to buy online from a new supplier for the first time. Here are answers to our top questions from new customers at Halstead to help you make an informed purchasing decision. Updated April 2022.

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by Erica Stice

What Jewelry Wire Gauge & Hardness Do You Need?

Learn the ins and outs of sheet and wire gauges and metal tempers so you can make the right choices for your jewelry designs. This popular blog post was updated in 2019.

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by Hilary Halstead Scott

New Jeweler's Guide to the Bench Pin and Sawing

Bench pin 101 for new jewelers. Also learn tips and best practices for sawing, one of the bench pin’s primary uses.

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by Hilary Halstead Scott

Types of Jewelry Chain Link Styles

Get to know more about types of jewelry chains, styles, and effects in our glossary. This is a great reference to bookmark and refer to often when shopping for chain jewelry supplies. This popular blog post was updated in 2019.

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by Hilary Halstead Scott

Tips for Buying Jewelry Wire

We discuss tips for buying bulk wire, including ways to save money, avoid waste, and understand price compared to the daily silver market price.

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by Hilary Halstead Scott

Making Jump Rings and Ear Wires With Jewelry Wire

This is a long-running debate in the jewelry world, should you make your own jewelry findings? Metalsmiths from traditional programs learn how to make every single component needed in jewelry as part of a thorough education in fabrication craftsmanship. Purists believe that jewelry should come from only raw metal materials. But make sure that making each individual component is actually the right move for your business.

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