Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist November/December 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
and now for something good

WHETHER IT’S LIFE OR SUCCESS, 80 or 90 percent, and Woody Allen, Richard Rodgers, or someone else who said it first, it’s true: so much of accomplishment is just showing up. It’s a lesson we all seem to relearn from time to time, and the unimaginable challenges of 2020 have made it one of those times for just about everyone. The year’s turmoil has also made celebrating accomplishments all the more sweet, so it’s an exceptional pleasure to be able to share stories both of personal success and of helping others to succeed. I wasn’t planning a “Special Issue: Good Things!” — it just seems to have shown up. A couple of years ago, jewelry artist Francesca Watson embarked on what was to have been a casual adventure in collaboration with…

1 min
design challenges

Your Settings DEADLINES: DECEMBER 31, 2020 Email digital scans at 300 DPI or send photocopies of no more than three sketches per challenge, indicating the design factor that is your starting point. Sketches will not be returned. WRITE TO US ANYTIME: What do you think about what you’ve seen and read in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist? SEND SKETCHES & LETTERS for possible print or online publication to: Please include your name, city, and state, and indicate “Your Turn” on the subject line.…

1 min
their turn a gallery of this issue’s contributors

Karen Smith’s Ring Sterling silver, 18K gold è TRENDS, p.50 Kaska Firor’s Raptor Necklace Fine silver, sterling silver, quartz and drusy citrine, butterfly wing jasper, freshwater pearls, carnelian, coral fossil → “ALEXA PROTECTS,” p.28 Kylie Jones’s Necklace Garnet, chain maille → “DROPPING IN,” p.38 Harwell Godfrey’s Hexagon Shield Button Earrings 18K yellow gold, white onyx inlay, rainbow sapphires, pink topaz → TRENDS, p.50 Robert Lopez’s Color Specimen Pendant Argentium sterling silver, titanium, pink tourmaline, Corlite → “GIVING BACK,” p.54 → DOER’S PROFILE, p.88 Kieu Pham Gray’s Time Turner Pendant Sterling silver, Swarovski crystal → “CULTURED BISMUTH CRYSTAL,” p.76 Francesca Watson’s Redemption Rings Sterling silver, 18K and 24K gold, citrine, amethyst → “GIVING BACK,” p.54 Valerie Madison’s Selena Diamond Stud Earrings 14K rose gold, diamonds → TRENDS, p.50 Become an LJJA Contributor! Contributors’ guidelines for print or online publication can be found at…

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the winners!

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s competition! A celebration of all the jewelry-related arts, Interweave’s new Jewelry, Bead and Gem Arts Awards are proudly presented by Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and Beadwork magazines. Here are the Grand Prize and four Division Winners, and our 10 Honorable Mentions. Because we found so many entries of interest, we couldn’t just leave it at that. So our combined editorial staffs also selected other pieces to share online. Find our “Other Notables,” all the winner images shown here plus additional angles at Grand Prize Jill Tower Fancy Guppy Pendant, 3" x 1" Enamel, fine silver, sterling silver, blue chalcedony Cloisonné, fabrication Stone carving by Jonathan Numer Jewelry, Non-bead Debbie Benninger Dragon of Mordiford Set, 6" x 3" dragon and wings; 6"x 10" with chain Copper, fine silver, brass, gold-filled,…

1 min
2020 basics

DIVISIONS Jewelry, Non-Bead Jewelry, Bead Gems Non-Jewelry Objects PRIZES Grand Prize: $1,000 plus one-year subscription to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist or Beadwork Division Prize: $250 plus one-year subscription to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist or Beadwork Honorable Mention Prize: One-year subscription to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist or Beadwork CRITERIA Originality, execution, visual appeal, and impact, and for jewelry, wearability ENTRIES Open to any designer/maker Designs must be original and executed Any single medium or combination of media Digital images only…

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virtual holidays

ONE THING COVID-19 has forced us to do is get over ourselves, our fears of public speaking, and our problems with perfectionism. Many who swallowed hard and pointed their phone cameras at themselves during this shutdown are finding they’re making up for some loss of in-person selling. Like it or not, we’re all learning new skills — maybe some we can continue to apply. Laura Stanley, a jeweler based in Little Rock, Arkansas, held a trunk show on Zoom this spring. She sent out invites via email, Instagram and Facebook, calling the trunk show an “online pearl party” and letting customers know a portion of profits would go to a food bank. The Zoom party was held in two segments, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. She followed with a live Instagram…