Finding Inspiration: Redesign and Repair

While many are still recovering from a busy holiday season, we know jewelers are diving headfirst into repair season. This month will bring plenty of repairs to your doorstep, which will be an opportunity for you to find inspiration in how to improve the functionality of your customers’ pieces. Embrace your inner artisan and think of ways you can make your customer happy with a repair that makes their life easier.

Finding Inspiration is a campaign to inspire the designer in every bench jeweler. This inspiration is not restricted to the creation of new pieces, but also to infuse your creativity in your repair work or other existing pieces. This month’s feature explores using this creativity in small, but meaningful ways.

Chain Components: Finding the Missing Link With These Creative Solutions

Repairs are more than simply fixing a piece of jewelry. They are the ultimate representation of your brand and your craft. A repair is also a prime opportunity to elevate your brand experience by infusing a little creativity into how you choose to approach the job at hand. Using a few of our new chain components, we present three new ways you can enhance a piece using Stuller findings.

Chain Extenders: Provide Value With Versatility

Chain length contributes significantly to the overall styling of any necklace. As you receive chain repairs this year, why not show them an adjustable chain extender (2001102:102S; 2001103:102:S)? Featured in our most recent issue of From the Bench, this little add-on provides your customer’s piece with versatility making it easier for them to mix and match any given chain with other necklaces to create a one-of-a-kind look. To get inspired by the potential stylings and to encourage your customers, check out the #neckmess hashtag on Instagram where you will find thousands of layered necklace looks. 

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Magnetic Clasps: Create Simple Solutions

If your customer is struggling to easily put on their bracelet or necklace, we have a solution for you. You can assist by recommending a magnetic clasp (28506:1010:P; 23714:1006:S). Our wide range of clasps vary in both style and strength. We also have styles with spring rings already attached so your customer can add or remove the clasp all on their own. A simple solution can be the difference that makes your customer enjoy wearing their jewelry more often.

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Chain Tags: Add a Personal Touch

Chain tags notate the metal quality of the chain, but they could also be used to personalize a piece. Use one of our various engravable chain tags (23849:60003:S; 23848:60002:S; 2000852:1000:S) to engrave your customer’s initials, leave a memorable date, or even brand with your logo. Taking this extra step is an excellent way to further provide meaning and value to the piece.

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Leave Your Mark With Noteworthy Repairs

Just like the fresh start 2021 is giving us, give your business a fresh start this year with a quality repair season. We hope you find new and creative solutions using Stuller findings. Whether you use the tips we gave today or other sparks of imagination, we wish you luck in crafting lasting relationships with your customers and providing the best service. For more tips and products to help you have a strong repair business this year, visit our website for special items we put together just for you.

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Share Your Inspiration

Finding Inspiration is about you and our incredibly talented community of craftsmen, designers, bench jewelers, and artisans. We are inspired by your creativity and want to share your work! Share on social media how you have used Stuller findings to craft unique solutions and one-of-a-kind pieces for your customers. Be sure to tag us @stullerinc and use the hashtag #stullerfindings. We look forward to featuring more of your amazing work on a future installment of Finding Inspiration.


Find your inspiration with some of these recent blog posts:

Finding Inspiration: Micro Bezels Make for a Subtle Statement

Finding Your Holiday Inspiration


Content by Alissa Talbot

Worlds by Taylor Dizor




Finding Inspiration: Micro Bezels Make For a Subtle Statement

While Stuller provides an abundance of finished jewelry that our customers are able to customize to suit their needs, we also notice a number of artisans using our products to create something entirely their own. We are inspired by their creativity and passion. It is this creativity and passion that pushed us to start this monthly campaign called Finding Inspiration.

Finding Inspiration seeks to inspire the inner designer in every jeweler. Our goal is to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the product we develop as well as showcase practical applications for using Stuller findings to build your own unique brand of finished jewelry. We have seen our customers do amazing things with findings and it’s this creativity that we hope to promote.

A Dazzling Earring Dangle Combo

This month, we’re featuring a stunning earring top and dangle that our team assembled to create a fun, articulated, finished earring. What works so well about this piece is that it caters to a couple of notable trends we’ve seen this year. First, “micro” jewelry is very much trending, especially among the younger generation, since these items are perfect for everyday wear. Second, earring stacks are a huge trend as people are wanting to express themselves more through jewelry.

Layered looks continue to be at the forefront of relevant jewelry trends and our ‘micro’ components collection is perfect for leveraging into price-point friendly statement earrings. Use findings to engage your customer in the design process; show them ways to mix and match components and loose stones to create something exceptional and meaningful.

This finished look combines components in a design that is both unique and economical. You can recreate this look using a tapered baguette earring top (2000806) and a straight baguette dangle (2000460).

Make It Your Own

The style we created was set with natural diamonds, however, you can make this look your own with any of our vast selection of stones. Add a splash of color with blue topaz or tourmaline to create a fashion statement. We make it super easy to modify the stones used in these pieces on Stuller.com. Not only are there numerous opportunities with adjusting the stones in this design, but you could also experiment with different shapes to further customize this piece. Just in time for the holidays, we have selected a curated assortment of our best-selling micro bezel components for you to craft your own on-trend style. Visit our collection on our website today!

Finding Your Holiday Inspiration

As we continue through the thick of the holiday selling season, we want you to know that we are here to support you in making your inspiration a reality. Visit Stuller.com/HolidayFindings to see our collections of findings that are perfect for all your holiday sales needs.

Want to learn more about utilizing Stuller findings to make your holidays merry and bright? Watch our Holiday Learning Series livestream below as well as read our blog post where our team helps you explore options and products available to you during this busy time.



Share Your Inspiration

This campaign is about you and sharing inspiration with our community of phenomenal craftsmen, designers, bench jewelers, and artisans. We want to see what inspiration you have to share. On social media, show us what unique pieces you have created using Stuller findings by tagging us @stullerinc and using the hashtag #stullerfindings for your chance to be featured in an upcoming installment of Finding Inspiration.




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New. Trendy. Affordable. And Full of Diamonds!

When is very small something BIG? We couldn’t be more excited than to introduce our new Petite Pavé Dangle Collection.

What are petite pavé dangles?

They’re sparkly and dainty dangles — all 6mm or less — set with diamonds (and some with gemstones). Customers can add them to chains, earring hoops, bracelets, and any other creative ideas that delight.

And they are irresistible not only because of their petite perfection but also because they have an average petite price point of $60. What’s more, all dangles come in the three most popular 14K color options: white, yellow, and rose.

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Slide dangles onto our endless hoops for an easy customized look.

But how do you properly display such tiny beauties? They could get lost in a case. To keep them together and show them to their best advantage, we designed a new Magnetic Charm & Dangle Display that goes so perfectly with our dangles. It’s easy to set up and, once in your case, lets the petite pavé dangles practically sell themselves!

By incorporating the magnetic feature in our new charm and dangle display, you have endless customization options to create the display look you want. As they sell, you can easily adjust the arrangement until your reorders arrive.

We’ve also curated three assortments that pair perfectly with the displays. Designed to inspire multiple sales — first and last initials, month and day of a special event — these assortments offer endless possibilities:

LETTERS AND NUMERALS

BIRTHSTONES

SYMBOLS

You’ll love them all! And when it comes to closing sales, each of these petite wonders performs like a dynamo.


Learn more and shop the collection at Stuller.com/PetitePave.







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Introducing the 2020-2021 Stuller Findings and Metals Catalog

Findings are essential to your business. And they’re important to Stuller, too. In fact, our business began with findings nearly 50 years ago.

2020-2021 Stuller Findings and Metals Catalog

Here at Stuller, we carry one of the most extensive selections of die-struck and machine cut findings in the marketplace. Plus, the majority of that product is manufactured right here in Lafayette, Louisiana. There’s no place better to browse the breadth of our findings assortment than our NEW 2020-2021 Stuller Findings and Metals Catalog.

Not only does this catalog feature our best-selling classics, but we’ve also incorporated more 14k rose gold options, semi-set product, and fashion-forward components. It’s now easier than ever to find exactly what you need! We’ve included over 700 new styles within this new catalog. This means it consists of 20% new items! So crack it open. We think you’ll be delighted by what you find.

How often does Stuller send a findings catalog?

The last findings catalog went out in July of 2017. Working closely with our product development and design teams, we’ve found a two-year catalog cycle works best. After all, we’re always striving to serve new product to our customers. Plus, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve as we make it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for.

How long did it take to make the findings catalog?

It took about six to eight months to create the new findings catalog. But honestly, work begins as soon as a new catalog drops. We receive immediate feedback and work to incorporate customers’ preferences into our planning for the next edition.

 

Here are 5 New Updates to the Stuller Findings and Metals Catalog:

1. Updated Imagery

Following the last catalog, we received lots of customer feedback requesting products shown to scale. So naturally, we wanted to incorporate that feedback in this catalog. At the same time, we recognized the importance of sharing a view that showcases the tiny details and design elements of findings, too. So, to accommodate both needs, you’ll find magnified imagery along with items shown to scale to help you make the most informed buying decision.

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2. Improved Navigation

This catalog also features additional tabs allowing us to highlight more product categories than ever before. You’ll now find individual sections for chain, trims, pendant components, and earring components. In previous editions, we had quite a bit of variation in the product shown in each section. For example, if you were turning to the earring section looking for an earring post and back, you had to navigate through all the earring mountings before finding what you needed.

In this edition, we separated product categories for easier navigability. Now, whether you’re looking for an earring back, a bail, chain by the inch, or whatever you need, you can simply turn straight to that section.

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3. Stuller.com Integration

From one catalog to the next, we’re seeing more and more customers browsing items on Stuller.com. Of course, everyone has their own preference. Some may want to call in their orders referencing the catalog, while others may prefer to shop and price orders online.

With this in mind, we really wanted to create a seamless shopping experience between all the ways our customers shop. We achieved this by adding additional links to stuller.com, listing related products in the catalog and on the web, and adding easier ways to identify product functionality.

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4. Expanded Section Introductions

As you’re probably aware, industry jargon can often be subjective. While one person calls a setting a head, others may call it a crown. So, we aimed to remove some ambiguity by expanding the introductions of each section. We added more visuals and information to describe what’s included in each section.

We also felt this would help your customers or sales associates new to the jewelry industry. Imagine a new sales associate who turns to the Trim section and wonders, “Hmm, what’s a trim?” The new shopping guides in each section contain explanations and visual examples of what’s showcased.

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5. Semi-Set Pricing

Last, but not least, we’ve incorporated semi-set pricing throughout the catalog. We began this work in our last catalog which contained a unique section dedicated to showcasing our semi-set findings offering. However, since we’ve seen a greater trend towards semi-set product each year, we incorporated semi-set pricing throughout our latest 2020-2021 Stuller Findings and Metals catalog wherever it applied.

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Learn more about the 2020-2021 Stuller Findings and Metals Catalog here on Stuller.com.




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Finding Inspiration: Four Jewelry Design Trends with Components to Match

Our Product Design and Merchandising teams have joined forces to bring the trendiest, most innovative findings and components. They’ve pushed the limits of creative design to stay current with jewelry design trends and make your bench work easier.

Below, we’ve highlighted four jewelry design trends with findings to complete each look.

 

Floral Jewelry Motifs

Fashionable floral designs have enduring, widespread appeal and are simply sublime to add to your spring and summer offerings. Create a landscape of nature designs with these floral findings.

Floral Jewelry Design Trends Sketchbook

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Linear Jewelry Looks

Linear designs remind us that simplicity is sometimes sweetest. These findings are ideal for piecing together minimalist trends that incorporate simple lines.

Linear Jewelry Design Trends Sketchbook

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Micro-Bezel Jewelry Collections

The micro bezel collection features tiny bezel dangles, links, and settings which are all trending right now. These versatile findings are sure to provide the finishing touch to any style.

Micro Bezel Jewelry Design Trends Sketchbook

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Geometric Jewelry Designs

Geometric shapes add a touch of modern to your selection and captivate customers who love sharp turns and dynamic angles. Use geometric findings to shape designs that range from sleek and clean to strikingly bold.

Geometric Jewelry Design Trends Sketchbook

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What do you think of the jewelry design trends? How do they fare in your area? Let us know in the comments below!




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Gemstone Engagements For the Next Generation

Diamonds are rare, beautiful and, yes, forever. That’s not going to change anytime soon. But gemstone engagements are making a splash among Millennial buyers. Remember that recently the DPA ran its “Real is Rare” campaign? It aimed at rekindling the diamond romance with younger customers. Since the Millennial group is the largest generation in our nation’s history, it’s advantageous to understand what drives this sweeping customer base. So the question remains: Are Millennials attracted to gemstone engagements because of their uniqueness or affordability? Well, the short answer is both!

Gemstone engagements stray from conventional norms and offer individual expression for younger audiences. Their bursts of color grant wearers freedom from the traditional look and communicate uniqueness. Also, many gemstones have a lower price point, attracting frugal Millennials who opt to allocate their money elsewhere. However, this isn’t always the case. In fact, with gemstone popularity on the rise, certain stones can rival diamonds in price per carat.

After reviewing the numbers, we’ve isolated our bestselling stones for gemstone engagements. Be sure to stock these in your store

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Gemstone Engagements Rose Gold Halo Oval Morganite Ring Gemstone Engagements Rose Gold Halo Oval Morganite Ring

A diamond halo encircles this rosy Morganite. The heart-accented gallery and rose gold sheen makes for a very romantic union. Plus, our current blog poll located on the right sidebar, places Morganite in an overwhelming lead as the most popular springtime gemstone.

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Gemstone Engagements Gold Round Blue Sapphire Ring Gemstone Engagements Gold Round Blue Sapphire Ring

Sizable diamonds adorn this blue sapphire, exemplifying traditional diamond accents coupled with a colorful contemporary center. The burnished yellow gold richly complements the velvety blue sapphire.

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This vintage-inspired ring unites this luxurious ruby — eternal symbol of passion — with the refined art-deco style. These enduring elements mix well with the trendy diamond halo and rose gold metal choice.

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Gemstone Engagements White Gold Halo Emerald Baguette Ring Gemstone Engagements White Gold Halo Emerald Baguette Ring

Here’s another twist on old meets new: a modern halo-style design with classic baguette accents adorning a striking emerald center. The gallery’s negative space also adds a futuristic dimension.

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Gemstone Engagement Bypass Halo Yellow Sapphire Ring Gemstone Engagement Bypass Halo Yellow Sapphire Ring

This bypass design features an interwoven halo that draws the eye to the center stone. The yellow sapphire and yellow gold combination offers a trendy look we see in gemstone engagements.

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Gemstone Engagements White Gold Aquamarine Oval Ring Gemstone Engagements White Gold Aquamarine Oval Ring

Simple and focused, this geometric shank with diamond accents directs attention to the aquamarine center stone held with pronounced white gold prongs.


How are gemstone engagement rings received in your area? What are your bestselling styles geared toward Millennials? Let us know in the comments below! Here are a few suggestions if you’d rather make a classic statement with a trendy twist.