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Tips for Designing with and Setting Delicate Gemstones - By Shannon L. Brown

Consumers today are more open to wearing unusual gems, and there is a trend among designers to incorporate less familiar stones into their work. No longer wedded to the classic trio of ruby, sapphire, and emerald, jewelry makers today are drawn to lapis, moonstone, opal, and turquoise, to name a...

Tags: | Jewelry Design | Stone Setting |

Some Soldering hints and tricks - By Charles Lewton-Brain

Medical hemostats and forceps make good clips for wire solder. Soldering clips for soldering work may be made from cotter pins, coat hanger wire, piano wire, steel strapping or old clock springs. These may be used to hold parts together....

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What You Can Do to Ensure The Best Refining Experience - By Tina Wojtkielo Snyder

Today´s record metals prices have probably encouraged you to be more diligent than ever about capturing every last bit of precious metal dust in your shop. With gold in the $1,600 to $1,700 range at presstime, never before have your old polishing buffs, dust collection filters, and carpets...

Tags: | Refining |

Hammering and Forging Safety Notes - By Charles Lewton-Brain

Goldsmiths and silversmiths use hammers frequently in their work, silversmiths especially. A regular trade goldsmith might use a bench hammer with a ring on a mandrel twenty or more times a day. Blacksmithing operations use coal fires, gas torches and kilns.....

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A Second Look at Tiger's Eye - By Anne Sasso

For the past 125 years, textbooks and museum displays have relied on the beauty of tiger's eye to add interest to an often dry description of pseudomorphism, a term that simply means the replacement of one mineral by another while preserving the form of the original mineral. Mineralogists once...

Tags: | Gemstones Information |

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