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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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Feature Friday – Alex Graham

The underwater adventuring author

In October, I celebrated my 5th year anniversary with Stuller. Five years – wow! While some may consider 5 years a blink-of-an-eye, and it certainly seemed to pass at that speed, it’s a significant chunk of my 26 years on this planet. While I feel very accomplished, I know there 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…

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…

BENCH JEWELER WORKSHOP WRAP UP

A weekend of benches, battles, tips, and techniques

This past weekend, we welcomed more than 200 jewelers from around the country to our annual Bench Jeweler Workshop here at our global headquarters. The event started off with a bang on Friday, April 1st as customers were able to tour our 600,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Our inaugural Battle read more…

Meet David Adamson

Battle of the Benches Contestant

The son of a master jeweler and watchmaker, David Adamson brings a wealth of expertise to the bench. At a young 16, he started working at his father’s store, Jimmy Adamson’s Jewelry. It was during this time, when a friend of his father and great jeweler, offered him an apprenticeship. read more…

Meet Craig Farley

Battle of the Benches contestant

An artist at heart, Craig Farley’s specialty is working with customers and translating their ideas into purposeful pieces. His passion is creating future heirlooms for people who are looking for something personal and meaningful. His career as a bench jeweler began 22 years ago. He started as a polisher at read more…

MEET JONATHAN SMIDDY

Battle of the Benches contestant

A graduate from the Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology, Jonathan Smiddy knew he wanted to be a bench jeweler right after high school when he took an interest in Indian handy crafts. Today, Jonathan has twenty-one years of jewelry experience under his belt and is a bench jeweler at Acori read more…

Meet Patrick Dobbs

Battle of the Benches contestant

A 27-year jewelry design vet, Patrick Dobbs works for Dianna Rae Jewelry in Lafayette, LA. Growing up in West Texas, his passion for jewelry began when a teacher offered him a job making belt buckles. It was this teacher who encouraged Patrick to pursue a career in the jewelry industry. Today, read more…

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