From the Bench™

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…

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…

Dust Today, Gold Tomorrow

How to maximize your gold recovery returns

Though not quite as extraordinary as say, interstellar cosmic dust or remnants from a shooting star, dust in your store can reap unexpected rewards. In day-to-day activities like buffing, polishing, grinding, and so on, specks of fine metal dust can be spread here and there around your work space. Collecting this accumulation of dust and precious read more…

Timing Is Everything

Your holiday checklist

Jewelry making has always been tightly linked with the seasons. Just as jewelers today work around a calendar studded by trade shows, holidays, and other annual moments, jewelers of the past had to deal with sometimes dizzying expectations based on the time of year. In some cases, those expectations still read more…

Feature Friday – Steve Miller

The Army veteran turned tools pro

I’ve always wanted to do something different. I wanted to see the world and what it had to offer. That’s how I ended up in the U.S. Army. I served on active duty for about 12 years and then spent time in the Reserves for a total of 22 years. read more…

Rhodium Plating – Your Questions Answered

Tips on how to successfully plate, dispose of solution, and more

Keep your process simple. This is the key to getting a great finish on your rhodium plating. But before you begin, remember the Golden Rule: If it’s not clean, it won’t plate. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the first orders of business are to — Polish the piece read more…

FROM THE FORUMS

Knowledge is having the right answer. Intelligence is asking the right question. 

We’ve selected a couple of recently asked questions from our forums on Benchjeweler.com and Stuller.com and asked our Team to weigh in. Here are some of their most used bench techniques to help you out!   Hello. I was wondering if anyone else has been having problems with rose gold solder or read more…

Color By Rouges

What works best

Rouges are a must on any jeweler’s bench. They buff and polish, smooth and shine. There are many colors with even more uses, but no perfectly right answer. See rouges are subjective with each jeweler choosing what works best for them. Just how many rouges does it take to get read more…

The Perfect Polish

How anyone can do it in three stages

If you have the typical shop, chances are pretty good that you have a multitude of jewelry buffs and polishing compounds lying around. And sometimes sales associates come into the shop to buff something for a waiting customer— that’s enough to send chills down a shop manager’s spine! Often the wrong compound is used read more…

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