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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…

Feature Friday – Andy Kroungold

The original "tool guy"

Folks have been calling me “the Tool Guy” for as long as I can remember. Before I found my true calling, I worked as a security guard at a buddy’s sidewalk sale. Over time, I became friends with the shop guys and they introduced me to the jewelry industry. I read more…

Stone Setting – The French Cut

Tips on how to prepare

French set is a stone setting technique that places smaller round diamonds close together similar to pave setting or bright cut. The diamonds are secured by wedging metal over the stone instead of a typical prong. The metal underneath and around the diamonds is highly polished and bright cut. The wedged area read more…

Engraving Machine Mash Up

What will work best for your store?

An art practiced since ancient times, engraving is a popular way to personalize a piece of jewelry. And there are many ways to do so – a special message, a finish, a unique pattern, and many more. If you’ve been thinking about offering some form of engraving in your store, read more…

Which Cleaner Does What?

Explaining your jewelry care line

When I talk to jewelers, there is a growing understanding of the importance of offering their customers products for at-home jewelry care. Your customers are sophisticated and recognize that their jewelry purchases represent significant investment that needs to be cared for appropriately. In addition, they are well versed in the read more…

Casting Pro

Step by step guide to getting the most out of your cast

Casting blends old and new in truly remarkable fashion. Our industry is constantly changing, adapting ancient techniques to modern technology. So, we’ve asked our experts to walk us through lost wax casting: STEP 1. PATTERN Wax patterns are made by one of the following ways: carving, build-up, hand forming, or mold read more…

Thought Bench Jeweler Workshop Couldn’t Get Any Better?

2016's Battle of the Benches will prove you wrong

Based on feedback from our customers, Stuller’s annual Bench Jeweler Workshop is a tremendous success and a fantastic place to learn everything you need to stay abreast of the changes in the jewelry industry. See what past participants have to say about Workshop. With a few important additions to the read more…

Three Tips to Simplify the Earring-Setting Process

Save time and money with these helpful hints from Stuller’s Stone Setting Director

Every so often, I hear questions from jewelers who struggle with pin vises and breaking earring posts. Broken posts are often mistakenly identified as failed solder joints, but usually these problems can be avoided with proper setting practices. I’d like to share some of my setting tips with you. Start read more…

Join the Best of the Best

Showcase your skills with JA's bench certification

I recently caught up with Sharie Fogarty with Jewelers of America, and she filled me in on all the great training opportunities JA has to offer. Looking for ways to broaden your appeal to customers or employers? The Jewelers of America Bench Professional Certification program may be the answer. Certification read more…

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