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Utilize Scheduling to Amp Up Your Social Media Strategy

Work smarter, not harder by scheduling out your social media posts in advance

It’s a given that managing your business’s social media platform is hard, especially when you have more important things to do (like run a business). But did you know that in 2019, at least 90% of U.S. businesses used social media for marketing purposes? That’s why it’s important to stay read more…

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Heidi Lowe’s Unexpected Good Fortune

Focusing on business and education during COVID-19

We feature Heidi Lowe in the new ftb on education, which is out now. During her 30 years as a jeweler in Rehoboth, Delaware, she has divided her time among custom jewelry for her clients, creating her own designs, and teaching jewelry classes both at her studio and universities. With read more…

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Doug Meadows Goes the Distance

The Atlanta store owner shares his story of training jewelers in Zambia

In late February 2019, Doug Meadows left the comfort of his Atlanta store far behind and traveled to Lusaka, Zambia. He’s there to teach a class of eager pupils, a group of young women ranging in age from 18 to 30. This was no ordinary class and not just because read more…

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Dianna Rae’s Creative Haven

Using educational experiences to build meaningful customer relationships

In 2014, Dianna Rae opened Dianna Rae Jewelry in Lafayette, Louisiana, and it soon became the city’s custom design mecca. Its custom made interior is an airy, light-filled space that exudes her welcoming presence. And the cases feature stunning custom designs by Dianna and the store’s other two designers. Custom Creation  read more…

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Tumbling Media for Jewelry: Finding the Right One

You’ve heard of tumbling media for finishing jewelry; you’ve probably even used it. But there are many kinds, and each one has characteristics that make it better suited for one type of project, finish, or tumbler. This handy guide, featured in From the Bench’s Repair Issue, will help you make read more…

Trusted & Tested: Stuller is Your Certified Recycled Metals Source

As Stuller celebrates 50 years in the industry, it’s a perfect time to look back on our history and the numerous milestones we’ve achieved. Among them, we’re proud to have earned both the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) Certification and the SCS Global Services Certification for 100% recycled metals. RJC certifies read more…

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10 Jewelry-Making Tools for Efficiency In Your Workspace

Make your holiday a tad less hectic with new tools and technology at your bench

You’ve briefed yourself on your game plan, you’ve started stocking your bench, and you’re gearing up for the approaching customer tidal wave. The holiday season is on the horizon and it’s time to prepare your workspace for the slew of jewelry it’ll be seeing.   Here are 10 jewelry-making tools for efficiency to read more…

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Try our Top 3 Holiday Jewelry Packaging Tips Today

Get ready for your busy season with ample wrapping paper, ring boxes, gift bags, and more

What would the holidays be without fabulous packaging? It’s hard to imagine because it’s the thrill of opening a gift that captures the real delight of this gift-giving season. You want to be sure you’ve got all your packaging angles covered because as you prepare for the holidays, details can read more…

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Here’s the Official 2019 Bench Jeweler Workshop Wrap-Up

The 2019 Bench Jeweler Workshop was a major success! A bench jeweler’s paradise, our two-day workshop hosted over 150 participants for a weekend of learning, training, and networking. Jewelers were able to explore our tools and technology while meeting fellow craftsmen from around the globe. This year’s event was held over two days read more…

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Meet the 2019 Battle of the Benches Competitors

Introducing the jewelers set to compete at this year's Bench Jeweler Workshop

Stuller’s Bench Jeweler Workshop begins Friday, March 22 where our 2019 Battle of the Benches competition will take place. This live-action competition features challengers going head-to-head to claim their bench jeweler glory. Don’t miss the action!   Still not convinced you should attend Bench Jeweler Workshop? Here are five reasons why it’s worth the trip: read more…

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