Jewelry is made from many different types of metals from copper to Platinum. Many people starting out in jewelry design want to know the best metal to use in their designs. This is a question that has no easy answer. A designer must look at availability, cost, wearability, ease of use, and the luster of each type of metal before deciding on the perfect choice. The metal must be both ductile and malleable so it can be shaped in your jewelry designs.
This article will focus on the beginner designer and what metals are best for those with limited resources and tools. The most important factor for the amateur designer will always be ease of use. Hard metals require special tools to work with.
Suggestions for the beginner at jewelry design
A beginner usually has limited tools and needs to choose a metal that is relatively soft and easy to form. Gold and Silver both fit this category. A person can even use a soft metal like copper or even jewelers brass to get their first design off the drawing board and into a display case. Copper has a problem with oxidizing and staining skin and must be plated with nickel, silver, or gold. This will give the final product a great luster that will last for years.
The Wearability factor
Wearability is usually taken into account when deciding what type of jewelry you are designing. Necklaces and bracelets can be made with softer metals as they are usually protected from bumps and dings. Rings are a special case. We use our hands and fingers all day. A ring will undoubtedly be subject to bumps, scuffs and abrasions and needs to be made from harder metals. Gold is a good choice for rings because it comes in variety of purity that means it can be hard or soft. 10ct gold is about 40% pure and is a lot harder than 24ct pure gold. This variation in purity can help the amateur designer make great looking rings and still keep costs under control.
Luster or finish desired
Luster is one of the most easily controllable areas of jewelry design. An amateur can design and ring, necklace, or bracelet and use modern electroplating to give the final product a sheen that will make everyone take notice. When you set out to make your first design, we at JDRC suggest you use a cheap and readily available metal. Don’t blow your budget on the metal. Take into account the fact that you may need to try a few different variations before you get your final product. Remember to use wax or some other medium to get the design perfect before you switch to working with metals.
Exotic metals in jewelry
There are many newer exotic metals coming into the jewelry industry over the last few decades, they are becoming mainstream now and more accepted. However most are difficult to work with, metals like titanium, stainless steel are hard to work but have unique properties making them desired.
Quick Tests You Can Do to Test for Fake Gemstones
Quick Tests You Can Do to Test for Fake Gemstones There are many fake or simulated gemstones out there and unscrupulous traders will be trying to pass them off to the unsuspecting uneducated consumer. Amateur jewelry designers have fallen victim to these dealers with a lack of ethics. Having full knowledge of who you are buying from and a guarantee of authenticity is important to maintain integrity in the design and sales process. Selling fake or simulated gems is an accepted practice in the jewelry industry as long as disclosed fully in plain language. Buyer beware and due diligence is needed to be observed. Learn about the tricks that are used, but the most important piece of advice i can give an aspiring jewelry designer is to know who your buying from, ask lots of questions and get assurance that if a problem occurs with authenticity that they will stand behind the goods you purchased from them. Any kind of gemstone can be faked, from diamonds and sapphires to pearls and beyond. There is nothing wrong with fake gemstones. They are affordable and fun so long as they are never sold as the real thing. That would be fraud. But did you ever wonder if the jewelry you bought or acquired was real? Or if you have got some of your bead supplies horribly mixed up and need to tell them apart? Here are quick tests for genuine gemstones that don’t require special equipment. Glass vs Gemstone Passing off glass as gemstones dates back to the invention of glass around 4000 BC. Even the Ancient Egyptians moaned about the practice in their papyrus writings. An old test was to put the piece in the mouth. Glass will soon feel warm. Gemstones feel icy for a lot longer because they have higher thermal conductivity than glass. They take heat from your mouth so they themselves feel cold. READ MORE…
‘Crimson Flame’ ruby sets world record at Christie’s HK auction
‘Crimson Flame’ ruby sets world record at Christie’s HK auction Jewellery News Asia is a premiere publication that puts you inside the pulse of the Jewellery trends in Asia and the world. A great resource for jewellery designers and gem professionals, it has concise articles and timely information for design trends, shows, new colors and so much more. In my opinion well worth the subscription expense. Far more information about the jewellery industry than can be covered in this simple post. I find it thoroughly satisfying to read and do research with for my designing work. Some other online resources that is well worth looking into is the Jewelers Resource Bureau with many great articles some dealing with personal safety for jewelers and those in the gem and jewelry industry. Help with shipping and insurance issues around the world. Jewellery News Asia 02/12/2015 Crimson Flame Ruby An exceptional ruby and diamond ring set a world record at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Hong Kong when it sold for HK$142 million (US$18 million), beating pre-sale estimates. The ‘Crimson Flame,’ a rare 15.04-carat cushion-shaped Burmese ruby, fetched a record-setting per carat price of US$1.2 million, according to the auction house. Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction realised HK$747,894,000 (US$96,904,062), selling 80 percent by lot and 83 percent by value. Vickie Sek, deputy chairman for Asia and director of Christie’s Asia Jewellery Department, commented, “It’s the year of the ruby at Christie’s Hong Kong. Totalling US$97 million, this auction brings our overall Hong Kong jewellery sales to US$215 million, the highest annual result ever achieved for this category in Asia.” READ MORE…
7 Trends to Watch in 2016
7 Trends to Watch in 2016 Trends come and go but if your designing jewelry for fun and profit you should at least follow trending designs and add your own twist to them. Of course it is still alright to be totally original in design but following trends in gemstones and metals used in current trends will help you to increase your sales. Also following the fashion trends for clothing can give you an edge over other jewelry designers. Finding jewelry designer resources that offer this information will give you an advantage over designers who do not. Keep your eye on what colored gems are becoming popular and incorporate them into your design concepts, try new things as often as you can. This will increase your creative juices and expand your scope of jewelry designing. Try following the articles of the National Jeweler I find it very informative and timely on following trends in design color, gems and much more. this online magazine is a super resource for jewelry designers amateur or professional. Aspiring designers can learn much from the designer resources of publications like this. Many amateur jewelry designers lack simple resources to have their designs turned into jewelry. This was an issue for me way back in the 1970’s when I first began to design and create jewelry I found that I was paying far too much for professional services like wax carving and casting. Also my limit knowledge caused me to be far too dependent on the limited resources in my area. If you are an aspiring jewelry designer don’t let your limited knowledge or local resources be a problem, if you don’t find what you need on your own just ask I will be happy to assist you in locating your supplies, tools and services that will make your designs into the finished piece you envision. In other words just get started and do it, there is no longer any reason to fail in creating your beautiful jewelry designs. January 04, 2016 | By Brecken Branstrator Mixed metals in bridal, like this 18-karat rose and white gold ring set from LX Antwerp, will continue to be popular next year. New York–It’s going to be an exciting year in jewelry design. Trends have been taking new and innovative turns, and now spread across the country faster than ever, as social media and the Internet allow everyone to see and adapt to them in a short period of time. Because of this, retailers need to adapt to the trends more quickly or even be out ahead of them, said Amanda Gizzi, director of public relations and special events at Jewelers of America. Here are the trends that the experts think will be popping up, and staying put, in the fine jewelry market in 2016. 1. Stackables/layering. This trend isn’t going anywhere, especially for pieces that are personalized or allow for the sentimental. In jewelry, this includes layering delicate necklaces together as well as stacking rings and bracelets. “It’s really important (for retailers) to have and buy these pieces to drive in the younger generation,” Gizzi said. “It’s a buy-one-today, add-one-tomorrow mentality.” READ MORE… Jewelry Designers Resource Center is a proud affiliate of the Jewelers Resource Bureau take a moment to look at becoming a member. CLICK HERE…
The world jewellery confederation
The world jewellery confederation The World Jewellery Federation is an outstanding resource for jewellery designers and jewellers alike, it is both authoritative and informative. They are self described as the United Nations of the jewellery industry established in 1926 it represents the jewellery , gemstone and precious metals industries along with individuals and organizations in these industries, from mine to market. They have developed a code of ethics that is designed to protect the consumer who is dependent on the expertise and integrity of their suppliers. CIBJO has developed a Blue Book system to advance the goal of universal standards and terminology in the jewellery industry. In 2004 they were able to get a German company stop marketing their high quality synthetic diamonds as cultured diamonds to the public a success for the CIBJO Blue Book standards. The Munich court issued a restraining order to that effect. These blue books are living documents and are revised and updated as new information Although these Blue Book standards are voluntary it is recommended that these standards be applied by all persons and companies in all aspects of the jewellery industry from source to final sale in the on the standards set jewellery system. These blue books are living documents and are updated when new information is brought forward. This means that as new treatments for gemstones appear they can have an affect on the standards set forth in these blue books. With books specializing on Diamonds, Gemstones, Pearls, Coral, Precious Metals, and Gem Labs, they have extensive reference materials for anyone looking to seek information and find what factors are applicable to the sector they are working on. CIBJO offers a resource for news in these industries as one of many free source of trends and changes taking place in the jewellery and gemstone world. There are many other resources for the gem and jewelry industry, but this one sets the world standards. As an example many designers, jewelers, and gem traders are affiliated with The Jewelers Resource Bureau a resource of tremendous help to all. But the standards accepted in the world are set are set by CIBJO.
50 Tips To Prevent Jewelry Store Robberies or Minimize the Damage Should They Occur
50 Tips To Prevent Jewelry Store Robberies or Minimize the Damage Should They Occur Great information on staying safe in the jewelry industry. Read and learn, even if you think you are safe read it anyway there may be that one tip that saves your life and merchandise one day. JCK Magazine is an industry authority, they offer a tremendous resource to anyone with interest in gems and jewelry. Encountering an armed robber is one of the scariest things a jeweler can experience, but experts say there are certain measures you can take to prevent a robbery, or to minimize the damage should one take place, as well as advice you should follow during and after an encounter that will help keep you safe. These tips come from the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, insurance professionals, retailers, and other industry experts. BEFORE 1. Vary your route to and from the store and keep an eye on your rearview mirror to make sure you’re not being followed. 2. Don’t open or close the store alone. While one employee locks or unlocks the door, a second employee should watch from a safe distance that still gives a good view of the door. The second person also should have a mobile phone to call the police if the coworker is confronted. 3. Observe the surroundings of the store when you arrive. If a person or car is loitering by the building, or if doors or windows appear open or tampered with, stay out of sight and call police. Learn More…
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