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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…

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…

My Workshop Experience – Oscar Noel Garcia

Co-owner of Old Mine Jewelers shares his Workshop story

I am Oscar “Noel” Garcia, co-owner with my father, Oscar Garcia, of Old Mine Jewelers in San Antonio, Texas. Beginning in Mexico, my family has been in the jewelry industry for three generations. Combined, we have 60 years of experience. Our business has grown from a successful neighborhood store, to read more…

My Workshop Experience – Joy Allen

Former student and budding jeweler shares her workshop story

My name is Joy Allen and I grew up in a large active family, very involved in sports and our community. My passion for jewelry started when I was young. Around the age of ten years, I started making beaded jewelry. And as I grew so did my skills and 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…

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…

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…

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…

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