AJM Magazine has announced the winners of the second annual AJM Innovation Awards. These awards recognize technologies that are making a difference in the jewelry manufacturing industry today, and will continue to do so in the future.... (2005) Complete Story
Putting a spin on tradition, Alexandra Hart of Alexandra Hart in San Diego crafted Broollopskronan, or Bridal Crown, a regal wedding headdress. The commission from a half-Swedish bride for something unusual but still traditional had Hart exploring her own Swedish roots. She and the client considered many options through sketches before deciding to go with this modern interpretation of a practice that dates back to the Middle Ages, when Swedish brides wore crowns loaned to them by their churches on their wedding days.... (2011) Complete Story
Known for his contemporary designs, Andrew Costen of Costen Catbalue in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, enjoys occasionally returning to his roots to create what he calls a Renaissance ring, this one in 18k white and yellow gold and set with an aquamarine, sapphires, and diamonds.
Costen begins by alloying 18k yellow gold and forming sheet that he rolls to 0.8 mm for the ring´s shank. "It naturally wants to concave a bit, so I use a planishing hammer on the center of the metal all the way around, not getting too close to the edges because it will make it bigger," says Costen. "This brings the ring up very slightly convex.".... (2012) Complete Story
Ask three accomplished designers to create around a gemstone carved by one talented lapidary and what do you get? Three unique designs that not only capture the complexity of this one-of-a-kind stone, but also reflect the distinctive signature styles of each designer. On the following pages, Klecka, Crevoshay, and Schneider tell why their design choices complement the beauty of this exceptional gemstone while conveying their personal styles.... (2006) Complete Story
Eighteen months ago, New York City-based designer Lisa Jenks began a partnership with Origins, the well-known skin care products store. As the venture has progressed, shes created everything from compacts to pomanders for potpourri to votive candle holders, all in her signature style -- and expanded the reach of her business at the same time.... (2006) Complete Story