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Changing Rules

Let’s begin with the efforts to change the FTC regulations. Recently, the New York City–based Richline Group and the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) collaborated on a white paper titled Manufactured in America but Not “Made in USA”: How the…

AGTA Spectrum & Cutting Edge Winners Announced

People & Places AGTA Spectrum & Cutting Edge Winners Announced Honoring excellence in colored gemstone jewelry design, the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) recently announced the winners of its 2017 AGTA Spectrum and Cutting Edge Awards. Below is a sampling…

New Products 2017 October

New Products Fretz Annealing Pans Constructed in cast iron to provide steady, even heat, the Fretz annealing pans were designed to offer a sturdy platform for annealing and soldering operations. Developed to eliminate the wobbling common in other lighter pans,…

2017 Editors Choice Winners

International Jewellery London (IJL) recently announced the names of its three Editors’ Choice winners for 2017. Chosen for their creative and innovative designs, as well as commercial aptitude, all the pieces will be on display at IJL 2017 Sept. 3-5…

Nanz Aalund: A Helping Hand

Nanz Aalund’s career has been far-ranging. An award-winning jewelry artist based in Poulsbo, Washington, she’s taught jewelry and metals classes at the University of Washington and the Art Institute of Seattle; served as a designer and consultant for Nordstrom, Rudolf…

Pollution Control / Metal Recovery

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Pollution Control / Metal Recovery….

Laser Technology

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Laser Technology. See related topics:…

Gem Identification Machines

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Gem Identification Machines. See related…

Finishing Machines

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Finishing Machines. See related topics:…

Engraving Machines

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Engraving Machines. See related topics:…

Display & Packaging

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Display & Packaging. See related…

Metal Analysis Tool

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Metal Analysis Tool. See related…

Digital Imaging

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Digital Imaging. See related topics:…

Chain & Findings

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Chain & Findings. See related…

Casting Tools and Products

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Casting Tools and Products. See…

CAD/CAM Designer Tools

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about CAD/CAM Designer Tools. See related…

Business Software Tools

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Business Software Tools. See related…

Useful Bench Tools

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Bench Tools. See related topics:…

Kinds of Alloys

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Alloys. See related topics: Useful…

Catherine and Michael Jensen – A Fitting Tribute

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…

2017 MJSA Vision Awards Winners – Indepth

In the 1971 Film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, the title character invites Charlie (and us viewers) to “come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of pure imagination.” While you won’t find any golden tickets or chocolate…

MJSA July 2017 New Products

Every month MJSA choose new products that they feature on their monthly publication. Here are the three MJSA July 2017 New Products. Tune Up Kits Designed for use with the Foredom flex shaft, these 32-piece Tune-Up Kits allow users to…

17th Annual Saul Bell Design Winners

Saul Bell Design Award Winners Named. Rio Grande honored the winners of its 17th annual Saul Bell Design Competition at an awards dinner held during the Santa Fe Symposium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The following is a sampling of winning designs. Best…

2017 MJSA Vision Award Winners

Some designers find inspiration in the night sky, others in the natural world, and some in flowing architectural lines. This year’s winners of the MJSA Vision Award competition reflected all of that and more. On the following pages you’ll find…

MJSA June 2017 New Products

Every month MJSA choose new products that they feature on their monthly publication. Here are the three MJSA June 2017 New Products. Foredom Mobile Work Station Developed for use in small or crowded workspaces, the Foredom Mobile Work Station is…

Return of Investment (ROI) Formula

To determine whether or not to invest in a new piece of equipment, begin by considering the following questions – and do the research to answer them honestly and thoroughly. How often will you use it? How many man-hours will it save?…

Bench Tools for Jewelers

This article lists the following useful bench tools for jewelers including contact information where they can be purchased or ordered. Grobet USA LED Bench Lamp Suitable for use at the bench or on the sales floor, the Grobet USA LED Bench…

Pricing Formula for Jewelry Pieces

Editor’s Note: Pricing jewelry pieces is one of the most challenging things jewelry designers must do. Price a piece too low and you may not cover your costs. Price it too high and no one may ever buy it. In…

Using Dental Mold-Making Materials

Jewelers are always molding objects and parts, most often to use for making wax models for casting. There are many vulcanized rubber and silicone mold materials intended for this purpose in the jewelry industry, but what if you need to…