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.
Jewelry designer working on third career
Jewelry designer working on third career This is an example of how becoming a jewelry designer can happen to and for anyone at anytime in their life. Here is a story of a woman who was a nurse by profession, a stylist and image consultant, and then became a jewelry designer. Our resources here are designed to help such individuals achieve their desires to design jewelry. Even if they have never been involved in the jewelry business in any form ever before. Once you have the bug to design jewelry that is all you really need, all other resources can be found at the Jewelry Designers Resource Center. A career makeover is often the reason for people come to jewelry designing as a second or even a third career. I started life working on fishing boats in Boston and my uncle was a artist/coppersmith who made amazing concept hand hammered copper sailing ships. This is what inspired me to attend night school at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston‘s night school programs. Take that next step and begin designing your dreams, don’t let lack of experience or training keep you from trying this satisfying work. Jabez Jewelz Kathryn Pfeiffer Bold beginnings • “I’m bold, so that’s how I started out,” Pfeiffer said. “You know, there are natural personality types, including the bold and (the people who prefer) the classic styles. So I’ve expanded to include genres for each of the personalities. If someone’s very naturally classic, I know not to bring out the big pieces.” But she said that some people just need a little push to embrace a look-at-me piece. She said that over the years, she’s developed an eye for who she can push a little and who gravitates toward the less dramatic items. Career makeover • Pfeiffer started out as a stylist and image consultant and had her own business for 19 years. She said that the jewelry business happened gradually. At first, she just had a hard time finding the right pieces for her clients who wanted to wear statement jewelry pieces, so she decided to start making it herself. READ MORE… Jewelry Designers Resource Center is proud to be affiliated with the Jewelers Resource Bureau
Huge rough diamond discovered
National Jeweler has an article about the second largest rough diamond ever unearthed, a 222 gram or 1,111ct spectacular rough diamond was discovered in Botswana recently. This particular mine has also recently found three other diamonds over 300 carats. Rough gems this large are extremely rare and to have this many found in a single year is very big news. The Karowe mine is located in Botswana at the AK6 kimberlite pipe. Congratulations are in order here for such a spectacular discovery of mother natures finest creations Lucara President and CEO William Lamb said the 1,111-carat diamond workers found Monday at the company’s Karowe Mine is “slightly smaller than a tennis ball.” This picture provided by Lucara shows how big the diamond is when compared to a loupe.The diamond, which measures 65 mm x 56 mm x 40 mm, is too large to fit in any of the rough evaluation machines Lucara has on-site in Botswana and likely will be sent to Antwerp for further evaluation. Read More…
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…
The Underrated Pleasure of Wearing Jewelry Made Just for You
The Underrated Pleasure of Wearing Jewelry Made Just for You The pleasure of wearing jewelry made just for you is gratifying, imagine the gratification of being the one to design it for yourself. Many amateur jewelry designers began this way, first having an image of a piece of jewelry they would love to have, they sketch it and have it made up fr them. More often than not this starts a trend and they begin designing more and more, until one day they realize they are a jewelry designer. In this article see how a twist on this theme is started when an author gets into jewelry related to publishing her works. In any regard having jewelry made just for you is a buzz one won’t soon forget. The fact that these designs can be very exclusive and even one off pieces is a satisfying factor as well. Regardless of the reasons having jewelry unique to you is a pleasure in itself, with years of use ahead. Theme inspired jewelry is just one type of special made custom designed fashion accessory. Many aspects of the jewelry business are related to branding other products such as books or even fashion, this is a very effective means of gaining name recognition. By HANYA YANAGIHARA APRIL 6, 2016 I am not embarrassed to say that one of the great benefits to publishing a book is jewelry. When my first novel, “The People in the Trees,” came out in 2013, I bought just one thing with my advance: a deep-blue enamel ring that I had lettered with the first line — Kaulana na pua a o Hawaii/Famous are the flowers of Hawaii — of one of the most resonant Hawaiian protest songs, “Famous Are the Flowers,” written in 1893 to voice support for the overthrown Queen Liliuokalani, the islands’ last monarch. My book was an allegory of Pacific colonialism, and it seemed right that I should wear this reminder of Hawaii, what it had been and what it had lost, on my hand. When my second novel, “A Little Life,” was published last March, I didn’t buy any jewelry. But people gave it to me anyway: a reader sent me a silver cuff. A group of my close friends got together and bought me a ring — a heavy gold bird with round, brilliant-cut diamonds for eyes and dangling a briolette-shaped ruby from its mouth like a drop of blood — from the renowned Jaipur-based jeweler Gem Palace. (This very creation had actually inspired a similar piece of jewelry that appears in the book’s final chapter.) But even so, I wanted a piece of custom jewelry, something to commemorate the novel’s characters, who had become as vivid and complicated to me as my own friends: certainly it felt as if I had spent more time with them in the year and a half it had taken to write the book than I had spent with actual humans. And then my friend Claudia, a jewelry editor, told me about a label called Foundrae. When we wear a piece of custom jewelry, we are adding ourselves to a legacy as old as the Romans, the Greeks, the Persians — older. READ MORE… We are proud to be affiliated wit the Jewelers Resource Bureau, they have loads of highly useful tools and sources for all aspects of the jewelry industry.
Sri Lanka: From Mine to Market
Sri Lanka: From Mine to Market Following the GIA travel logs is a great way to learn about the far flung emerging and established gem markets of the world. Sri Lanka is a unique place in the world where many types of gems abound the landscape. The centuries have taught the Sri Lankan gem miner how to take his goods from mine to market with as few steps as possible. In recent years the changes in import export rules for the gemstone industry have helped them expand and bring in large amounts of foreign stones for cutting and processing into jewelry for the world. With the mining, trading, cutting, treatment, jewelry manufacturing, and retail sectors all on fire, the future is looking good. Sri Lanka has massive deposits of a variety of gemstones, The gravels yield sapphire, ruby, cat’s-eye and other chrysoberyls, spinel, garnet, beryl, tourmaline, topaz, quartz, and many other gemstones. The ability of cutters from Sri Lanka to orient a stone for cutting is legendary and among the natural talents of this centuries old trade. Gem cutting skills are well established in this island nation. The color orientation is key to the presentation and light penetration of any gemstone. The natural eye of these stone cutters is a huge asset to the gem markets in Sri Lanka. Still using traditional methods of stone orientation for cutting are still employed in this modern day, this is because it works and needs no changes. These traditions have serve well the gem cutting industry in Sri Lanka and it is slow to change with modern tools and techniques. Gemstone deposits in Sri Lanka are based in gem-bearing gravels called illam. To visit Sri Lanka is to experience one of the great gem sources and trading centers in the world. This country has a rich, almost unparalleled tradition and remains vitally important to the modern gemstone market. Sri Lanka has a true mine-to-market industry, both domestically and for export. Its evolution over the last two decades blends the best of traditional practices with modern technologies and business models. In this field report, we take you on an expedition to this magnificent island and its remarkable mine-to-market industry. An Amazing Island Traveling in Sri Lanka, you realize it is a large island with very diverse environments. Most of the terrain consists of flat or rolling hills, but there are beautiful mountains in the southern central interior. Agriculture is a constant presence as you drive around the country, with intense green rice fields and rubber tree plantations. In Elahera’s rice fields, there are treehouses for agricultural workers to climb into when a herd of wild elephants passes through. In Ratnapura, Elahera, and Balangoda, green rice fields also enclose small pit-mining operations, sometimes covered with V-shaped roofs for a little protection from rain and sun. Gaining elevation, you encounter beautiful tea plantations where it is common to see workers picking tea leaves by hand. Driving along the coast offers views of Sri Lanka’s beautiful coastline and fishing industry. READ MORE… We are proud affiliates of the Jewelers Resource Bureau take a few moments to look at the resources they offer to the jewelry industry
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