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Ten Types of Clasps

Clasps are an essential component of jewelry design. As a jewelry maker, I'm always weighing functionality versus aes...

Fast Fashion in the Jewelry Industry

Fast fashion is low-quality products made rapidly, in huge quantities, by mass-market retailers to appease consumers ...

What is Vermeil?

First, let's talk about how you pronounce "vermeil." vur-MAY, yep, it's French. You may also hear vermeil called "gil...

Setting the Stage: Five Popular Stone Settings

Jewelry making involves making hundreds or thousands of choices for each piece we make. It’s a blend of precision and...

What are Polki Diamonds?

Polki diamonds are one of the oldest forms of cut diamonds. The stone often retains its original rough form, but with...

Lab Grown Gems

When lab-grown gemstones started becoming more available to consumers and jewelers, I was skeptical and a little judg...

What is Druzy?

Druzy is also spelled or referred to as drusy, druze or druse. It refers to multiple sets of crystals that form on an...

Gold Demystified Part 2

I’ve written about the different types of gold and carat vs karat. I think it’s important to know about the materials...

10 Fun n’ Nerdy Facts about Alexandrite

Alexandrite is the third birthstone for June! Pearls and moonstones were the two birthstones for this month, but alex...

The Fours Cs of Diamonds

All diamonds are graded using the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) standard grading scale. This scale was creat...

10 Fun N’ Nerdy Facts about Moonstones

June has three birthstones. Pearls and Alexandrite Moonstone and Alexandrite are the other birthstones for June. I’m ...

Eight Ways to Personalize Your Jewelry

There are many ways to personalize your jewelry. Here are eight personal touches to make jewelry so much more special...

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