Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist January/February 2020

In every issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist you’ll get hands-on expertise, illustrated demos, and projects loaded with valuable tips and design ideas to inspire your own metal jewelry designs. Plus our experts answer all your technical questions, and you’ll learn the pros’ favorite tools and how to use them.

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in this issue

2 min
can you master the tucson shows?

MY FIRST IMPULSE on seeing Cathleen McCarthy’s headline in Net Profits was to change it. Mastering the Tucson Shows? Who’s ever managed to do that! On second thought, I decided “mastering” works. It’s a process: you start learning to navigate this immense event on your first visit and continue honing your strategy every year you go back. That’s the glory of Tucson and its challenge. Something you weren’t looking for always catches your eye and you have to rethink the plan. It’s called the gem show, but Tucson is so much more. This is the place to find fossil and mineral specimens as well as gem rough and finished gem carvings, cabochons, freeforms, and faceted stones. Common varieties make perennial appearances; rarer ones aren’t just fewer but may come to market…

2 min
your turn

Design Challenges Your Design Riffs Designs based on projects and jewelry shown in previous issues of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. Your Settings Letters Re: “Live It & Learn It,” September/October 2019 My name is Rebecca Kosinski, and my husband Michael and I own and operate Metal Arts Academy in Auburn, California. MAA is a small trade school for jewelry and the metal arts. I am writing to you to thank you for Sharon Elaine Thompson’s article “Live It & Learn It” in the September/October 2019 issue of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. Michael was fortunate enough to train as an apprentice for 6 years back in the ‘80s with Van Craeynest, Inc. His years spent there are the foundation of his knowledge and skill, which he is now passing on to students at MAA. After working at several…

1 min
their turn

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5 min
mastering the tucson shows

IF YOU WORK WITH GEMS and you’ve never been to the Tucson Gem Show, I bet it’s pretty high on your bucket list. I’ve been going to these shows off and on since 1992, watching them expand and contract, material come and go as mines were discovered, then played out. Thousands of vendors from around the world arrive in Tucson in mid-January to sell cut and rough gems, finished jewelry, jewelry-making supplies, and just about everything else you can imagine, at all price points. Many shows — and there are about 40 venues all told — are open to the public with free admission. But the best material for makers is usually at the wholesale shows. The action is concentrated in the midtown area under tents and in hotels and open-air plazas.…

5 min
now serving: texture!

OPPOSITES ATTRACT. A cliché, but nearly every version of this popular adage — sugar and spice, dark and light, plain and fancy — has some truth behind it. In design, it’s contrast. Pigment, words, notes, or metal — everyone knows that any sensory experience feels more awesome when there are differences in play. There are countless ways to use contrast in jewelry design, but for me, the delicious combo of plain metal adacent to deeply textured metal is always the main course. Whether transferred via rolling mill or directly applied with a hand tool, texture is the key to my favorite kind of contrast. Tools for Your Mill and More To students and other fans of metal on the east coast, Metalliferous was an institution. For my cohort of makers, a pre-dawn…

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PANTONE’S PALETTE of popular colors for the Spring/Summer 2020 season conveys a sense of ease, and a desire for the familiar. Friendly and relatable, the 12 top colors and four classic neutrals identified by the Pantone Color Institute reflect trends on the New York runways that are expected to be pervasive in fashion in 2020. In this era of personalized self-expression, this palette of recognized favorites leverages on its familiarity, while adding unique twists and turns, highlighting elements of humor, modernity, and entertainment, sees Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Combining our desire for stability, creativity, and more spontaneous design approaches, the color palette for Spring/Summer 2020 infuses heritage and tradition with a colorful youthful update that creates strong multi-colored combinations, as well as energizing and optimistic pairings,” Eiseman tells. She…