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Feature Friday – Russell Brown

The inventive goldsmith with a passion for creating

“My biggest tip to those in our industry: take pride in what you create.” – Russell Brown   At the age of 15, Russell Brown started in the jewelry industry with his father. In the early 80s, Brown’s dad bought jewelry from a family friend and began selling the gold at 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…

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Feature Friday – Brandon Boudreaux

From the baseball diamond to custom designed rings

I started in my family’s jewelry business working Christmas and summers during college to learn the ropes. I always knew I wanted to become the 4th generation to lead Boudreaux’s Jewelers. In 2013, I came on full-time after playing NCAA baseball and graduating from Tulane University in New Orleans. After read more…

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Using Custom Design to Attract Media Attention

Tell your customization story with a little free help from media outlets

In an earlier post, Selling the Story of Custom Design, we talked about how your website can create a story. This time we’re focusing on telling your story using local media. In addition to creating visibility in your community, it generates free content that you can feature on your website, in read more…

The Journey of a Ring

Part 1: The room where it all begins

Each year, everyday consumers purchase millions of engagement and fashion rings. For centuries, this piece of jewelry has consistently proved itself the most popular. But have you ever thought about the journey a ring takes to become a fully set piece? Did you know it starts simply as an idea read more…

Feature Friday – Don Brown

The passionate jeweler with a focus on family

At the age of 17, I answered an ad in the local newspaper for an apprentice watchmaker/bench jeweler position. That was only 49 short years ago. By 1978, I had become a partner in the store. Everyone knew me as Don, and I liked the design aspect of the business, read more…

Feature Friday – Jennifer Tausch

A driver of strategy and design

My career to date has allowed me to wear many hats and learn from some of the best practitioners in the design industry. I have expertise in branding with a specialty in design strategy, graphic design, creative problem-solving, and brand thinking. My passions include facilitating new processes, developing training modules, read more…

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Michael Bartlett designs a high-performance engagement ring

What makes something high-performance? Is it purely based on function? Or could aesthetics contribute to such a title? What could looks have to do with performance? When done right, it’s the nature of successful design. I come from a background in industrial design, the classical term for what most know read more…

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