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Ganoksin's rich collection of free online-articles, technical papers, reports, and news on virtually every aspect of the gem and jewelry industry.

Modern Lockets - By Nanz Aalund

Before photography, lockets were decorated with miniature, handpainted portraits -- a luxury few could afford. The advent of affordable photographic miniatures propelled the locket to the forefront of jewelry fashion during the sentimental Victorian era. Between 1890 and 1920, ornately crafted...

Tags: | Hinges & Catches |

The Work of Jennifer Crupi - By Sarah Tanguy

Cool, glistening, and vaguely human, Jennifer Crupi's sculpture and jewelry arouse curiosity even as they evoke fear. While the power of body language in art is typically linked with dance, theater, and especially mime, the interplay between thought and gesture takes center stage in Crupi's work. At...

Tags: | Behind The Design |

Forging Successful Relationships with Contract Service Providers - By Shannon L. Brown

When searching for subcontractors, you can learn a lot from your friends in the jewelry industry. Many designers and jewelers rely on peer referrals to find the right person for the job. And once they´ve entered into an agreement with a contract service provider, they learn tips for keeping...

Tags: | Jewelry Mass Production |

Holding Steady - What a Bench Jeweler Can Learn From a Sniper - By Gary Dawson

As the target comes into focus and the operator aligns the crosshairs, elements of the world slowly cease to exist until the only things left are the target and the operator´s breath. As the rhythm of her respiration cycles -- breathe in, breathe out, pause; breathe in, breathe out, pause --...

Tags: | Bench Tips & Tricks |

Kliar Adds Vibrant Hues and Tarnish-Resistance to Precious and Base Metal Jewelry - By Shannon L. Brown

Adding vibrant colors to jewelry can involve any number of methods -- from careful enameling by hand to the high-tech physical vapor deposition (PVD) process. But what if you could use a simple method similar to rhodium plating in your shop to apply a vibrant, durable color in 17 different hues to...

Tags: | Surface Manipulation | E-Coating |


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We're passionate about empowering jewelers, metalsmiths and lapidary artists, and we hope it shows! To that end, we've combined the relaxed atmosphere of the Orchid forums with easy-to-use blog tools to give our members the opportunity to be heard and seen. Orchid members can have an online presence within minutes of joining, and have access to resources that come from being part of a community of our size. We think you'll enjoy the difference! And the best part is….it’s absolutely FREE!

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Art and Jewelry GalleriesThe Gallery section features a collection of representative works in a variety of media including graphic arts, photography, jewelry and ornamentation, and contemporary artwork by various artists.



A project from the Orchid community of jewelry enthusiasts and professionals. We've tried to capture our benches in the midst of everyday turmoil....

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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

MetalCalcUnit Conversions:

| Area | Circular | Weight | Length | Pressure | Temperature |Volume |



The Gem and Jewelry Trade Directory Guide

MetalCalcA comprehensive trade directory entirely devoted to online resources for the gem, jewelry and metals industry. Each suggested entry is reviewed by knowledgeable editors insuring the quality and accuracy of websites included in the Guide.

Help others make informed buying decisions with the resources listed . We welcome your opinions and experiences with ordering, customer service and and over all satisfaction.

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