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Gem Microscope Thoughts - By Charles Lewton-Brain

This short paper discusses some of the things to think about when considering obtaining a microscope to use for gemology. There is some emphasis on inexpensive options. In putting together my own modest gemmology lab I did a lot of comparison shopping and adapting of various equipment to keep my...

Tags: | Gemological Equipment |

Using a Millimeter Gauge to Place Gems for Graver Setting - By Gary Dawson

Meticulous planning and tedious layout are a big part of a goldsmiths life at the bench. It usually pays dividends to thoughtfully plan gemstone layout for graver setting. If youre off by just 0.1 mm in one direction or another, you can sometimes visually ruin the aesthetics of an expensive project...

Tags: | Stone Setting | Bench Tips & Tricks |

Some Notes On Granulation - By Charles Lewton-Brain

Note that while there are many 'secret' recipes and granulation was 'lost' this was as far as I can tell a result of gentleman scholars and acadamics in the late 19th and early 20th century who were too snobbish and ethnocentric to realize that much of the world still does granulation, that peasants...

Tags: | Granulation |

Three Designers Capture The Essence of an Unusual Pearl - By Deborah A. Yonick

Aesthetic interpretations are as unique as fingerprints. Give three people the same trendy sweater and each will wear it in a different way. Give three jewelry designers the same unusual cultured pearl and each will design a distinctly different piece. Such was the challenge MJSA Journal posed to...

Tags: | Jewelry Design |

Anticlastic Raising Basics - By Tim McCreight

The word synclastic describes a form in which the dominant curves both move in the same direction. When the two dominant axes curve in opposite directions the result is known as an anticlastic form. A bowl is a synclastic form and a saddle is an anticlastic form....

Tags: | Beginner's Corner | Fabrication |

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