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Megan Thorne on Lene Vibe’s Magical Jewelry

Megan Thorne, owner of Megan Thorne Fine Jewels in Fort Worth, Texas, loves antique jewelry. In fact, she shares that some of her pieces are based on her grandmother’s rings. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that one of…

Getting to know Mark Loren

This article is an interview with jewelry designer Mark Loren. Read on to get his insights and genius behind his jewelry and designs! ****************** When did you know you wanted to be a jewelry designer? I was good at science,…

Administering a Client Personality Test

When working with a client to discern their personal style, do you ever administer a personality test? If not, you may want to start because it can reveal more than you might realize about your client’s tastes. Calla Gold of…

Paul Robilotti – Renaissance Collection

Paul Robilotti of Robilotti Fine Jewelers in Binghamton, New York, doesn’t like to let inspiration pass him by. He always travels with a sketchpad, ready to jot down ideas at a moment’s notice. His Renaissance collection, which he began in…

Cheuk Ying Kwan – Purposely Imperfect

Cheuk Ying Kwan Hong Kong Design Institute Hong Kong First Place, Future of the Industry Cheuk Ying Kwan, a student at the Hong Kong Design Institute, is on a roll. The year’s not over yet, and she’s already won two…

Leo Fried and Nanz Aalund – Siege of Herons

  Leo Fried and Nanz Aalund Blue Heron Jewelry Co. Poulsbo, Washington Responsible Practices Distinction Nanz Aalund was looking for a way to thank Leo Fried, owner of Blue Heron Jewelry Co. in Poulsbo, Washington, for offering her a shot….

Finding Inspiration with Marcia Budet

Marcia Budet didn’t set out to be a jewelry designer. Although she grew up collecting rocks, crystals, and hematites, she wound up pursuing degrees in architecture as an adult. Upon graduating with her master’s degree, Budet celebrated the occasion by…

Getting to know Mark Schneider

This article is an interview with jewelry designer Mark Schneider. Read on to get his insights and genius behind his jewelry and designs! ****************** How did you decide to enter the jewelry industry? My first choice of career was veterinarian….

De-oxidized Sterling Silver Alloys

Sterling silver alloys typically contain about 7.5 percent copper, an addition that not only provides strength to the otherwise pure silver, but also helps the alloys to tarnish fairly quickly—a traditional frustration for jewelers and consumers alike. In addition, both…

Barbara Heinrich on John Iversen’s Aesthetic

Editor’s Note: If we are what we eat, then are we whom we wear? While wearing your own jewelry designs is a great (and free!)way to market your work, it may not always make sense or be practical. In this…

Playing Favorites with Dallae Kang

It’s easy to name your favorite gemstone or metal to work in, but what if you had to name your favorite design? How could you choose? In this occasional column, we ask designers to identify their favorite piece and explain…

Tony Snodgrass: Flower Ring

You never know how visiting the doctor could change your life. While Tony Snodgrass of Kent Jewelry in Rolla ,Missouri, waited with his pregnant wife to be seen by their doctor, he was flipping through Missouri Conservationist magazine and stumbled…

Made in the USA 2017

MADE IN THE USA: Where We Stand is an update on the jewelry industry’s efforts to promote homegrown products. It happens every day: U.S. jewelry manufacturers and designers take precious metals and gemstones and, with their own hands, turn those raw materials into…

Getting to Know Gregore Morin

This article is an interview with jewelry designer Gregore Morin. Read on to get his insights and genius behind his jewelry and designs! “I strive to pay attention to everything around me and bring it into my work.” – Gregore Morin How…

Adel Chefridi: Homage

We’re all nostalgic for something. Usually, it’s reminiscence from our childhood, as in Adel Chefridi’s case. Chefridi, owner of Adel Chefridi Studio in Kingston, New York, fondly recalls his boyhood wanderings through the ruins of Carthage. If his Nostalgia pendant…

Sustainable Alternatives

Jewelers redefining what it means to source responsibly Martin Taber is happy. “I am living in a world where people are actively concerned with the ecological approach. I’m free to operate more to my conscience than to the demands of…