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The Complete Guide to Operating Your New GemCam

Introducing new imaging technology to view and sell your diamonds and gemstones

We know that sometimes selling loose diamonds and gemstones can be challenging for jewelers. After all, customers aren’t quite as adept at viewing stones through a loupe. The new GemCam™ Imaging System is sure to aid gemstone buyers on the road, master jewelers in their store, hobbyists, and everyone in between. Stuller read more…

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5 Tips to Kickstart Your Jewelry Repair Business

Maximize repair to boost your profitability

Few can argue that jewelry repair is an underlying revenue stream that pays the bills when things get slow. In fact, repair averages anywhere from 10-15% in monthly revenue, peaking in January. That’s right, you know all too well about the post-Christmas sizing, modifications, engravings, and enhancements that waltz through read more…

2017 Bench Jeweler Workshop Wrap-Up

A weekend of enlightening education and exciting competition

This past weekend, Stuller opened its doors to over 200 jewelers for its Bench Jeweler Workshop. Attendees sat through a multitude of classes touching topics from stone grading and identification, digital technology, product demonstrations and training, and all things in between. Factory tours throughout the weekend gave a glimpse of read more…

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Meet Jonathan Smiddy – The Returning Competitor

Last year’s Battle of the Benches ® contestant returns

This year’s Battle of the Benches® competition is right around the corner, kicking off March 24th. Among the contestants is Jonathan Smiddy, a seasoned jewelsmith with over twenty-two years of experience under his belt. A bench jeweler at Robson’s Diamond Jewelers in Baytown, Texas, he spends his days repairing precious pieces read more…

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Meet Jyothi Forman – Battle of the Benches® Contestant

The driven jeweler from down under

Jyothi Forman is a jeweler at Georgies Fine Jewellery in Narooma, New South Wales, Australia. She specializes in hand fabricating custom jewelry. Jyothi, a blossoming 24 years old, grew up in a small regional town called Tanja and went to school in Bega, New South Wales. Outside of work, she loves read more…

Meet David Adamson – The Defending Champ

Winner of last year’s inaugural Battle of the Benches ® competition

Our first Battle of the Benches® competition played host to over 200 jewelers from around the country and three days of excitement, education and an exhilarating jewelry-making challenge. David Adamson came into the competition calm and collected. He was anxious, but not nervous. He was eager to participate and awaited read more…

Organize Your Bench

Suggestions to help optimize your working space

An organized shop is a more efficient one. How much time do you waste daily looking for tools? If you don’t think you do, log your actions for a day. Are you surprised? You can completely control misplaced tools by assigning each a designated space. Now label the location so read more…

Platinum — Your Questions Answered

Tips on all things platinum: soldering, polishing, and more

What’s not to love about platinum? It’s the densest of the precious metals, can stand up to a lifetime of everyday wear, and is even hypoallergenic, making it a perfect pick for any bride. Take the time to become a platinum expert. As you master working with platinum, you can also read more…

Feature Friday – Chad Elliott

The sea-loving store owner

Welcome to Oceanside Jewelers! My business card says Owner and Master Jeweler, only because adding janitor, bookkeeper, and maintenance worker didn’t seem appropriate. A typical day is a combination of bench work and setting, counter sales, office work, and then maybe some flasks get invested and put into the oven. read more…

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