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Setting Square Shaped Dimaonds - By Bradney W. Simon

In this article we will set the baguettes and princess cut diamonds in the platinum mounting. Begin cutting the seat for the baguettes use a 45 degree hart bur and undercut each of the end caps. Be certain to hold the bur at the correct depth. Generally in this type of crown you want the girdle of...

Tags: | Stone Setting |

Fascinating Dark Treasuries From The South Seas - By Christiane Schorm

Thirty years after Robert Wan began culturing his first Tahiti black pearls in the seas of French Polynesia, he is still fascinated by the darkly shimmering treasures. When discussing his successful journey to become one of the most influential suppliers of cultured Tahiti black pearls, he still...

Tags: | Pearls |

Chemically Induced Inclusions - Tin Inclusions - By George W. Fischer

Tin inclusions can be induced in agate and other gemstone varieties in much the same way as with copper. Just as copper inclusions are made from copper chloride, so tin inclusions are made from tin chloride. Copper chloride imparts green and finally blue-green color to the agates, but tin chloride...

Tags: | Gemstone Coloration and Dyeing |

Three Details That Have a Big Impact on Jewelry Buyers - By Michael Bondanza

Quality matters to Michael Bondanza; he has been known to rebuild entire finished pieces -- some containing hundreds of precisely inlaid stones and articulated component parts -- to ensure that the gems aligned exactly, the hinges opened smoothly, and every detail met his exacting standards. Such...

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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...

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The BenchTube - Jewelry Making Videos

Jewelry Making Video download archiveGanoksin now offers a video peek into the virtual world. Suppliers, refiners, jewelers, and educators will contribute incredible demonstrations on topics including casting, alloying, bench tricks, and more. You can contribute as well. Register for a free acount and start sharing your jewelry related videos today!


MetalCalc - A collection of Online Calculators

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The Gem and Jewelry Trade Directory Guide

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