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Trade Shows and Events

Watch these videos and get an inside look at noteworthy trade shows and events in the jewelry making and gemstone world.

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Colored Gemstones on Men’s Jewelry

Colored Gemstones on Men’s Jewelry is becoming a trend and may as will be dominating men’s fashion as noted by  Deborah A. Yonick on  this article. Read on for her take on this fast becoming fact. ********************* If diamonds…

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2017 JCK Las Vegas Show Industry insights

The overarching theme in major presentations for the diamond and jewelry industry during the JCK Las Vegas Show in June is that times are changing and how we adapt to these changes will determine our success. The following are insights gleamed…

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Effective Trade Show Follow-Up Campaign

Research has long suggested that the majority of leads generated by trade shows never receive follow-up by company representatives. If you’re among those exhibitors without any formalized plan or process in place for following up with…

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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 bars…

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2018 Top Gem and Jewelry Trends

In addition to miles of aisles of beautiful finished jewelry on display, the JCK Las Vegas show offered attendees the opportunity to discover the latest in jewelry trend research. At the show in June, trend forecasting service TrendVision…

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2017 Top Jewelry Trends

Discover the 2017 Top Jewelry Trends in gold, silver, and platinum—and an update on the metals markets as compiled by Shawna Kulpa. Gold Trends Flowers, Well-done Buddha Mama With darker colors and heavier fabrics gracing the fall runways,…

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2008 Enamel Foundation Conference

Our second conference was a success! The conference started promptly at 9 a.m., August 18 – a beautiful sunny day. Ben Caldwell’s demonstration of his double-torch, large-scale enameling was first up. He setup on the Thompson’s…

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Silver: New Forms and Expressions Exhibit

Silver: New Forms and Expressions III Exhibit. Assuming that the work is cohesive, well designed, well made, of sound concept and has meaning, then what is done to such work by the context of a retail space, a department store of bridal furnishings…

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1991 National Metal Competition

Cu3, as a national metal competition, was a sequel – albeit more than ten years later – to Copper 2 (1980) and to the Copper, Brass and Bronze Competition in 1977. The first two exhibitions were shown at the Museum of Art at the University of…

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10th International Biennel of Enamel

While Limoges, France was celebrating its 200th anniversary as the city of the “Arts of Fire” this year, July and August will also hold the 10th international Biennial of Enamel exhibiting some of the most exciting new enamelwork…

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The Intimate World of Alexander Calder

The real Alexander Calder is to be found in the intimate work – the toys, gadgets, jewelry – those delightful preoccupations of his that often get overshadowed by the big mobiles that hang in many public spaces. It’s no wonder that…

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1987 SNAG Conference Review

What if They Gave a Conference and Nobody Came? In this article, Donald Friedlich offers his insight and review the 1987 SNAG Conference. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Despite an exciting program, this year’s annual conference of the…

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1988 SNAG 20th Anniversary Conference

What is the purpose of a SNAG conference? Why do people come? What are their expectations? Why do some cease to come? Were their expectations not met? Each conference chairman imprints his/her vision onto the conference. He sets the tone, whether…

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Ettagale Blauer: Soul Searching at 7000

We invited Ettagale Blauer, formerly New York Editor for Jewelers’ Circular-Keystone, to attend the 1986 Society of North American Goldsmith’s (SNAG) conference at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and to provide an outsider’s…

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1985 SNAG Platinum Jewelry Design Competition

The Johnson Matthey/Society of North American Goldsmiths Platinum Jewelry Design Competition celebrates its third anniversary this year. The competition represents a coordinated effort on the part of SNAG and Johnson Matthey to promote…

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Gallery Directors’ Role on Metalsmithing

In the world of fine art, galleries wield enormous power. Galleries such as Castelli, Knoedler and Marlborough, through the artists they choose to show, dictate which artists and styles are “in” or “out,” which…

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The San Francisco Metal Arts Guild

When I returned from Europe in 1951, my friend Margaret de Patta called and invited me to join a group of metal artists who were structuring an organization dedicated to the needs of producing craftsmen. This group held monthly meetings which…

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1983 Artpark Experience

About 30 miles north of Buffalo, New York, less than 10 miles downstream from Niagara Falls, is a unique facility called Artpark. It is not so much a place as a program; in fact more than that, it is a concept. Artpark is a cultural resource designed…

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1984 SNAG Conference Review

On the second day of the 1984 Society of North American Goldsmith’s conference held in June in New York City, the pragmatic theme of “Art and Industry” was briefly abandoned and esthetic concerns came to the forefront.…

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Ancient Inspirations: Contemporary Interpretations

When I first heard about the craft show “Ancient Inspirations: Contemporary Interpretations,” I was impressed. The press information packet that I was sent by Metalsmith, when asked to review this exhibition, struck me as…

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Resume Preparation for Gallery Presentation

The first questions to ask yourself when preparing a resume are: For whom is it intended? What do I want it to represent? Applying for a zoo keepers job you might put down your experience carrying llamas across the Andes but you would probably…

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Getting the Most Out of Trade Shows

MJSA’s Mary Walek asked me to do a session called “Shop the Show” in New York. When I first read the description of the presentation I had to give I had to think hard. Don’t we all know how to shop already? And at a trade show too, where we know why we…

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Trade Show Marketing Tip

At most trade shows, you could stock up on enough pens, notepads, tote bags, and keychains to start a thriving second business as a flea-market dealer. The problem with such giveaways isn’t that they aren’t useful; it’s that there are so many…

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The Artists as Curators and Critics

Fortunately, change is inevitable. Even for those individuals in the art establishment who assert that artists cannot and should not be active as curators or critics. This assertion is part of a traditional art would – one built on a foundation…

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Juried Exhibitions

There is nothing that will block the path towards acceptance in a juried situation more quickly than a poor quality or unintelligible image– be it digital or film. The goal is to convey as much information about the piece pictured as possible…

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Nick Hodgson on buying Gemstones

Nick Hodgson of www.astrogems.com explains how he buys gemstone crystal material on the streets in the gem mining areas of Sri Lanka. the challenge is to find unheated clean non flawed crystals for cutting and faceting into beautiful gemstones.…

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Nick Hodgson At the Bangkok Gem SHow

Nick Hodgson of Astrogems.com interviews Navratan Manihar of Manihar International Co Ltd at the Bangkok Gem & Jewelry Show about the prolific supply of heat treated Ruby which is very different from natural but used extensively in the…

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Call for entry – 10,000 Hours

We need your metal to realize our Nuit Blanche 2009 installation of 10,000 metal objects symbolizing the hours of dedication and practice needed to become a master craftsman. If you really want to send us brass knuckles please make sure they…

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Metal Arts Guild of Canada 10,000 Hours

This stop motion film has been created with the metal contributed to the Nuit Blanche 10,000 Hours project. An installation of 10,000 metal objects symbolizing the hours of dedication needed to master an art or craft. Visit http://www,metalartsguild.ca…

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