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A Guide to Finishes

This is by no means an exhaustive list of finishes, but it’s a good start and can be helpful when you talk to a jewel...

What is Pickle?

Pickling is something that metal smiths are doing all the time. We forget that there’s a lot we do in the jewelry-mak...

What is Rhodium?

Rhodium (ROH-dee-um) is a chemical element. It’s “Rh” on the periodic table. It’s a silver-white metal that is very r...

Firescale Explained

I think it’s important to educate consumers about jewelry. The techniques, the materials and so much more! Without fu...

Mohs Scale

The Mohs hardness scale was developed in the 1800s by Friederich Mohs. He was a German geologist and mineralogist. Ar...

What is a cabochon?

Basically, a cabochon is a gemstone that has been shaped and polished. It is a very old method of cutting gems. As in...

What is Gold-filled wire?

The name “gold-filled” is confusing because it is not wire filled with gold, it’s gold wire that is filled with a bas...

Posts, Ear Wires, Leverbacks

When I first started making earrings I always used ear wires and learned how to make them. Then there were times that...
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