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Jewellery Buyers Guide to Tanzanite Bracelets

Magnificent tanzanite is a rare and precious gemstone with a vivid, vibrant colour ranging from a stunning pure blue to a purple or violet blue. With unusual bangles and other wrist-wear currently in vogue, tanzanite bracelets are the ideal choice for luxury fashion.

The following guide will explore some interesting facts about tanzanite gems, as well as outline some top tips when it comes to buying bracelets.

Introducing Tanzanite Gems

Tanzanite is…


Added by Alex on June 20, 2013 at 5:25am — No Comments

Jewellery Buyers Guide to Paraiba Tourmaline Gems

Paraiba tourmaline is one of the most precious, rare and valuable gemstones in the world. They have a unique, glowing neon colour which appears to shine out from within the gem.

While jewellery displaying quality gems was once only within reach of the privileged rich, these days outstanding creations are now available to everyone, regardless of their budget – thanks to affordable, reputable online retailers such as The Jewellery Channel.

The following guide will explore some…


Added by Sam Jaction on March 8, 2013 at 2:38am — No Comments


Valentines Rings - The best source online for the Worlds finest natural Gold Nugget jewelry at

Added by Aslyn Jones on January 22, 2013 at 4:23am — No Comments

Hi all!

I want to say g'day to everyone..... . I've just joined today and am looking forward to exploring the site and getting to know people. Cheers, Gail.

Added by Gail Rust on July 28, 2012 at 2:26am — No Comments

Friends and Fun

Been working on quite a lot of new stuff lately. I can't wait to get it all up and ready for sale. The hold up has been due to the lower quality of pictures I've been managing to get lately. But working with a friend, we are hoping to correct that problem. I've gotten some sample pics, and recently posted a few as sneak peaks on my Facebook page. I'm looking forward to the next beading night I can have with that friend. Our nights together really keep us both focused and productive. Powering…


Added by Nicole Preston on June 30, 2012 at 4:35pm — No Comments

HOWDY from TEXAS!!!!

Hello all....  My name is Kim and I am just getting started with jewelry making.   What I have done so far has been very exciting for me.  I am hoping to connect to others and get ideas, suggestions and just have someone to talk to about jewelry making.  My family is not really interested in it at all - and well, I just need someone that understands my frustrations and hang-ups from time to time.  Looking forward to learning a lot and meeting some GREAT…


Added by Kim Gorman on June 22, 2012 at 5:10pm — No Comments

my first post

My name is Yared Girma, i'm from Ethiopia. I design & make jeweleries, I mount(set) precious stones. All my works are hand made. I've been in the jewelery making for 13 years. During my working years i've made medals & jeweleries for touristes, famous peoples & celebrities while they visited my country. Just to mention some of the names...President of Liberia, Oprah Winfrey, Shaggy, Lauren Hill Rita Marley & others. Jewelery making in my country is not a well recognised art… Continue

Added by yared girma on April 13, 2012 at 10:20am — 1 Comment

Bench Tip for Organizing Sandpaper On Sanding Boards

I learned this great tip from Tim McCreights “Complete Metalsmith”. In order to organize your sheets of sandpaper and to provide a solid surface for sanding, cut out three pieces of Masonite or Plexiglass 12 inches x 9 1/2 inches (or have the pieces cut out for you at a home improvement center). Mount the sandpaper on the front and back of each board using a spray adhesive glue. Organize by course, medium and fine grit. You can also drill a hole in the corner of the sanding boards, tie them…


Added by Karen Ferrante on April 3, 2012 at 12:39am — No Comments

Jewelry Artistisans Needed (sort of)

Greetings folks -- I am here in behalf of my college daughter, Rebekah. She is a senior at Cleveland Institute of Art and plans on graduating in May (yeah !!). She is working on a project where she has to make plans to set up her own business making jewelry. She herself is not trained in jewelry making, but her project includes researching the hiring of jewelers to make her products. I will share pictures of her jewelry ideas once she sends them to me.


Well, anyhow, neither…


Added by Brian Judd on April 2, 2012 at 3:33pm — No Comments

starting off with a newbie question

I'm new at jewelry making and I have a perplexing question. Can anyone tell me the difference between sterling silver plated and silver plated? When I ask on a search I get round about answers. I want to buy some bead caps and spacer beads and some say sterling silver plated(?), others say silver plated.  I know sterling silver is 925 but I bought some and they look the same to me and they cost about the same, too. Help!  I don't want to mislead customers and I don't want to be mislead…


Added by Connie Rae Noyes on March 1, 2012 at 7:40pm — 2 Comments

sea glass

I have no idea whether I am sending this to the right place but I have a question.  Does anyone know how to drill a hole, using what, in sea glass?

Added by a] on February 15, 2012 at 3:18pm — 2 Comments

Making my own tools...

Good afternoon!

My husband and I have been busy making tools I can use when wire working. Making a peg board isn't too difficult, so he says, and using toothpicks cut in half as pegs works well too!

I have used polymer clay to make different shapes as objects I can wrap wire around when needed. I do quilling as well and my quilling work board was greatly helpful in providing molds for graduated shapes including squares, circles, triangles, ovals, teardrops and hearts (you can…


Added by Jean Hamilton-Fford on January 11, 2012 at 8:16am — 2 Comments

Bead and Jewelry Liquidation/Chicago Northwest Suburbs

Since beginning my jewelry design career 10 years ago, I have had an exciting and very rewarding life in this arena and have met many amazingly creative individuals who willingly, eagerly  and unselfishly share their expertise.  However I have transitioned to a caregiver for my elderly mother and find I have little time left to devote to the creative process and the juried art fairs which were primarily where I sold my designs

I will be liquidating all display pieces, finished jewelry…


Added by Donna Stone on January 4, 2012 at 1:15pm — 2 Comments

Beads for Sale

Hi, I had a bead shop for 12 years and had to retire due to poor health. I thought I was going to have an online shop but decided against it. I'm now trying to sell off everything. If anyone is interested let me know. I'd like to deal locally and live near Quakertown/Allentown, PA. Email me if you are interested. Thanks, Jeri

Added by Jeri Bellini on November 19, 2011 at 9:34pm — 2 Comments


Hello Everyone

Im very new to all of this and have never made jewellery before, its something i would like to do as a hobby and if im any good i would love to be able to sale my items. To begin with i want to make nice bracelets for girls to sale with gift bags/fairy dust etc.


I havent got a clue where to start..

What do I need?

Hope all of you faboulous people are able to help me - Give me some great advice and tips

I look forward to hearing from…


Added by samantha sullivan on November 18, 2011 at 3:10pm — 2 Comments

Is it Illegal to Make Jewelry Out of Coins?

Many people people think that it is illegal to incorporate coins into jewelry making. This is not true. It is illegal to deface US currency if the intent is continue to use it as legal tender after it has been altered. The purpose of the law is to prevent counterfeiting and fraud and does not apply to objects made out of currency whether for sale or not. If it were illegal to squash pennies, the souvenier machines that you find at various landmarks, museums and amusement parks would be…


Added by Karen Ferrante on November 14, 2011 at 8:10pm — 1 Comment

How to make a "Family Love" Pendant

I wrote my first tutorial. It is how to make a "Family Love" Pendant.

Here it the link

Added by Linda Marie Owens on September 1, 2011 at 3:38pm — No Comments

How to make wire spiral & bead earrings

I wrote a tutorial on how to make spiral wire & bead earrings.  Easy, even for beginning wire artists.  Learn how here -  

Added by zoraida bros on August 10, 2011 at 8:39am — 2 Comments

Want to Be Considered To Be In Chris Simmons Etsy Treasury?

Hi everyone! Did you see that Chris Simmons is creating a Jewelry Makers Network Etsy Treasury? How exciting! If you want to be considered to be in it please send her the item # or your url and she'll choose an item featured in your etsy store!

Added by Karen Ferrante on July 9, 2011 at 3:46pm — 1 Comment

Light as a feather....

Ok, so today I got a little brave and wanted to try my hand at making feather earrings. I love the way feather earrings look and feel. I just never tried to make them before.

I watched a few tutorials that I found on you tube. Here:

It is fairly I thought. Well, it was a little...until I thought I would get fancy and add some sparkles to my set of…


Added by Linda Marie Owens on June 25, 2011 at 8:28pm — 3 Comments



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