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A Hard Metal for Delicate Jewels

The bright, white metal exudes purism, suggests technical aptitude and hints at progress, zeitgeist and perfection. Jewelry made of stainless steel is a recent but also timelessly old idea. By using non-precious materials, jewelry artists

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Agate: The Essence of Beauty

Agate cameos are made from dyed multiple layered agates, which are a regional specialty of the cutters around Idar-Oberstein in Germany. Agate was first used for carvings during the Greek and Roman Empire and ever since, people have admired

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Alraune Lifestyle: Cutting Edge of Time

Alraune Lifestyle does not simply follow fashion trends. The brand name is always slightly ahead of time and is numbered among the trendsetters in the jewelry sector. At the moment, Alraune is one of the fastest-growing, international jewelry

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Aninka Harms: Volute Jewelry

This work is an attempt to make visible and wearable a meeting point between the two worlds of Art and Music. This tension is a result of the constant movement between those two disciplines, as Aninka Harms is working both as a jewelry artist as…

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Atelier Product Range Making Jewelry Ideas a Reality

The ‘Atelier’ product range from Heimerle + Meule is of particular interest to goldsmiths, watchmakers and all jewelry creators. To ensure that designers can make their ideas a reality without any restrictions, this Pforzheim-based

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Casting Jewelry Yourself

“Never! It would be great but much too complicated – and much too expensive”. This would be the typical answer of a goldsmith or jewelry designer when asked about self casting equipment. But those times are gone. A complete foundry on…

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Ceramic Jewelry: Artworks made of Fire and Earth

People have always been fascinated with the material clay. Our forefathers believed the intelligent design of clay in some way reproduced the act of creation. According to the Old Testament, God created man from clay. Clay is suitable for

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Church Treasure Given Shiny New Cover

The Vorau Foundation has a special treasure in its possession: the so-called ‘Vorauer Evangeliar’, a magnificent manuscript which is considered to be one of the most valuable possessions of this religious community. The manuscript

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Color Up Your Life with Gaudy Jewels

Even the poet and philosopher Goethe knew that color affects emotions and therefore directly influences the sould and the unity of body and spirit. As early as the Stone Age, people started to paint their bodies with color, and later on used

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Competition for Jewelry Made of Silicon Carbide

Within the framework of the competition “Jewelry plus silicon carbide”, participants were asked to use the aesthetic properties of a to date exclusively technical material in their creations. The aim was to achieve concepts that allow…

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Crystalline Beauties for Designers

Nature spread gemstones that are suitable for jewelry purposes around the globe with extreme thrift. In most cases, mining and processing them are most laborious affairs. It is therefore no surprise that people started very early on to replicate

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Danner Prize 2005: Competition for Arts and Crafts

The Danner Prize has existed for over two decades; it was organized for the eighth time in 2005. The arts and crafts prize is awarded every three years. It has established itself as an artistic event, recognized throughout Germany, although…

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Deja Vu: A Watch for Any Outfit

Seven years ago, the jewelry and watch designer Brigitte Gertz-Ziegler from Kirchheim/Teck had a groundbreaking idea: “Lots of female customers asked me about a watch to match their outfit. All that I could offer at the time were various

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Easter Parade 2006 at the Keukenhof

In the famous bulb flower park Keukenhof (Lisse, Netherlands) this year the already traditional Easter Parade will be held for the 3rd time. On Easter Monday, April 17th, everyone is very welcome at Keukenhof to show their own (self made) hat…

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Enchanted Mankind by Gemstones

Colored gemstones have enchanted mankind since the dawn of time. The variety of colors, their mysterious sparkle and their extreme scarcity are the factors that make them so desirable. Paraiba tourmaline The Idar-Oberstein based gemstone…

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Forum for Unique Silver Objects

For the second time, inhorgenta europe 2007 is presenting to its specialist visitors a special show by international silversmiths at the “Forum Silversmiths” in Hall C2. A 1,000 gram bar of fine silver was the starting point. It is beaten…

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Global Village of the Design Elite

At the 17th JCK Show in Las Vegas (May 30 – June 3) the elite of the international jewelry scene meets for its annual get-together. Participation is a must for the leading designers in this sector. 100 talented jewelry creators, from dynamic

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High-Tech for Goldsmith Studios

State-of-the-art technology and innovative methods are the pacemakers for high-performance and effective work in a crafts trade. Jewelers and goldsmiths can draw clear benefits over the competition if they own a modern studio. Whether…

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Inhorgenta Europe 2006: New Impulses for Jewelry Design

New design trends are by no means a product of coincidence. They develop hand in hand with contemporary events and societal changes in a dialog between art and commerce. New trends always start with young, creative designers who courageously

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Inhorgenta Europe: A Breath of Fresh Air

Inhorgenta Europe (February 15 to 18, 2008), held in Munich, has become one of the most important springboards for young up-and-coming designers. Here manufacturers and buyers from all over the world come together to put the marketability

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Intergem 2007 Gemstones in All Colors

Good news for the gemstone sector: color is a triumph again – the trend for genuine crystals continues. Ever more expensive jewelry comprising large stones is also in demand. Jewelry designers have certainly drawn courage from fashion…

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Intergem: First Address for Gemstones

Hosting over 130 exhibitors and welcoming roughly 3,000 show guests from all over the world, the Intergem is the leading international, specialist show for gemstones. This is where jewelry manufacturers, goldsmiths and designers stock

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Jewelry from the Magic Mountain

If you follow the constantly ascending curving road in the picturesque Taunus mountain range from Kelkheim near Frankfurt am Main in the direction of the Magic Mountain, you encounter a historical and captivating little house that seems

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Karl Fischer GmbH: One for All

Regardless of whether it is question of machines, tools, equipment, working materials and chemicals, findings, gemstones or pearls for gold and silversmiths or jewelry manufacturers – the Pforzheim-based, special mail order firm Karl

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Klaus Loose: For the Love of Metal

The hammer falls powerfully on to the red, glowing iron. Sparks fly. Sunny the mare nervously whips its tail. The hot horseshoe is pressed on to the hood using pliers, biting smoke bellows up from the burnt horn, cloaking the blacksmith, Klaus

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Lively Metal Surfaces

Since human beings first started transforming precious metals into jewelry, they have focused on ways of designing the surfaces. In addition to the optical appearance, the haptic experience played a significant role in the precious items,

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Metal Titanium

The metal titanium, named after the oldest deity of Greek history, was not discovered until relatively recently. Perhaps the gods wished to keep the metal for themselves, due to its unique characteristics. The fact that it is the 10th most

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Mini Casting System for Smaller Studios

The mini casting system MC 15 was specially developed for use in dental casting, goldsmith work and jewelry design and in small manufactories in order to provide these users with a method of rapid and highly efficient casting of individual

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New Ideas in Setting the Stage

As a goldsmith, how do you increase the number of customers frequenting your business? How can you make more sales and develop customer loyalty? How can a jeweler catch even her or his regular customers off guard with new ideas? Well, having…

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New Technologies Make Us Fit for the Future

In difficult times, it is important to invest in modern methods, machines and tools. Jewelry and watch makers can assert themselves over their competition by employing targeted innovation. After all, if you are on the cutting edge of technology,

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Novorit: Colorful Imagery

The Novorit polyceramics system has been on the market for a year and offers fascinating possibilities for the creative color design of individual items and large batches of individual items and large batches of items. Now, with the expansion

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Opals: All the Colors of the Rainbow

Due to their magical variety of color, opals are evocative of a solidified rainbow. These gemstones seem to have captured all the colors of nature. Be it the orange-red tint of fire, the rich green of a thick forest of the marine blue of the ocean,

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Perfect Technique and Innovative Products

To keep up with the competition, goldsmiths and jewelers are increasingly being required to keep up-to-date with the latest technological developments in machinery and tools. New processes and products make everyday work easier. Innovation

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Roland DG: The Perfect Wax Model

Roland DG Corporation is making high-tech available to jewellery designers and goldsmiths with its JWX-30. They too now have access to this technology which only the larger companies could afford in the past. The device creates accurate

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Subtle Form of Seduction

“It’s what’s inside that counts,” so the saying goes. However, the importance of packaging for watches and jewelry is often underestimated. Cutting corners with packaging is a false economy for jewelers and goldsmiths. Jewelry…

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Susanne Hammer: New Perspectives for Jewelry

Susanne Hammer’s pieces are neither an attractive means of self-adornment, nor a status symbol. They throw traditional jewelry conventions into question with a simple wink of the eye. Susanne Hammer Necklace “Gulliver’s chain”,…

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The Beautiful Art of Appearance

The item of jewelry sparkles and glitters so that the onlooker almost becomes dizzy. But everything is just an appearance and the synthetics ensure the opulent presence of magnificence. In earlier days, these artificial stones were intended

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The Best Way to Effectively Present Jewels

There are no limits to the different ways of designing jewelry with gemstones. The selection of the setting is not simply a question of finding a safe way to preserve the precious jewel. The type of setting that would be conceivable is defined

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The Ideal Solution

“The third generation of the tried and trusted PUK welders, the PUK 3, has been a great success worldwide,” says Harald Lampert of the company Lampert, Germany, with great satisfaction. The advantages of the PUK 3 over its predecessor

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The JCK Show: The World’s Elite Designers

The JCK Show in Las Vegas from June 1 to 5, 2007 is seen around the world as one of the largest industry events for jewelry and watches. Special attention will be paid to the over 100 designers exhibiting in the Sands Expo Center. For over a decade…

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The Jewelry Clasp

It does not enclose the precious object to conceal it, but to display it: the jewelry clasp. It protects against loss, but doesn’t refuse access. The history of the jewel clasp stretches back to time immemorial. It is only in recent times that

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The Moonlight Shimmers

Since antiquity, artists have been fascinated with the unique characteristics of silver. It shimmers as white as the moonlight, is harder than gold – with which it is often mentioned in one breath – and it has antiseptic qualities. Small…

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The National Drawing Academy: The Force of Talents

The National Drawing Academy in Hanau was founded as early as 1772. It is one of Germany’s oldest education and training centers for the gold and silversmith trade. The traditions here include above all the high standards demanded of the

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The PUK Fine Welding Devices

For two years now, the manufacturer Lampert has been cooperating with the Laboratory for Welding Technology and Thermal Treatment at the Polytechnic College in Wrzburg-Schweinfurt. Test series and fundamental scientific research is…

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The PUK: Generation 3

The PUK® fine welding devices have established themselves in the goldsmith studios and in the jewelry manufacturers in over 50 countries. In 2004, the bestseller among the micro-welding systems, the PUK 2, was chosen as the “Product of

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The Right Preparation for Visiting a Trade Fair

Trade fairs are still the most important platform to find information on trends and new products. Direct discussions between existing and potential business partners or with competitors and industry representatives, young designers…

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The Second Round of Orders Has Higher Profile

Jewelers, goldsmiths and specialist retailers are increasingly ordering on short notice. In saturated markets, the demand among consumers for new products is a lot more spontaneous than it used to be. Advertising pressure is necessary

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The Test Market for Creative Ideas

The Forum Brand New – New Brand was given life five years ago at inhorgenta europe in Munich, while the Forum Silversmiths was added last year. Located in Design Hall C2, 20 international graduates from 2006 and silversmiths have the opportunity

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Young Cellinis: Fresh Ideas for an Old Craft

Gold and silver smithing is one of the oldest artistic crafts known to humanity. It has a long tradition in Europe in particular. The oldest goldsmiths guild in the world is 775 years old and is located in Braunschweig. But what would the craft

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ZeitZeichen: A Time Signal

For the last four years, ten young gemstone designers from Rhineland-Palatinate have been collaborating under the title of ‘ZeitZeichen’ (time signal) to present their individual style at Inhorgenta Europe in Munich each spring and

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Zeitzeichen: Young Gemstone Designers

Drawing on the motto “Zeitzeichen” (Signs of the times), this years Intergem will feature striking exhibitions by ten young designers. This exhibition forum, initiated by Progrem Marketing GmbH from Idar-Oberstein, serves to promote