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A Simple Guide to Choosing Your Chain [INFOGRAPHIC]

Download this FREE infographic to walk your customers through the selection process

Imagine a customer bursts into your store proclaiming, “I want a chain!” The following dialogue is sure to follow as you guide your new customer to the perfect chain selection–   “What style chain would you like? Well, there’s box chain, cable chain, rope chain, wheat chain — we have several read more…

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Working With Platinum

Tools and techniques to make the job a whole lot easier

Platinum in its finished state is an absolutely beautiful metal. It can also be a little tricky when working it due to the softness of the metal. Knowing what tools and techniques to use can make the job a whole lot easier.   Here are a few things you need to read more…

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Upsell With Watchbands to Bolster Your Bottom Line

Excite your customers with a new-looking watch at a 3x markup

This winter is shaping up to be pretty historic, with most of the country buried under heaps of snow and icy winds. But is your business suffering from the cold weather blues, too? If you are experiencing a slump in sales, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Your watch repair business may bring read more…

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The Complete Guide to Operating Your New GemCam

Introducing new imaging technology to view and sell your diamonds and gemstones

We know that sometimes selling loose diamonds and gemstones can be challenging for jewelers. After all, customers aren’t quite as adept at viewing stones through a loupe. The new GemCam™ Imaging System is sure to aid gemstone buyers on the road, master jewelers in their store, hobbyists, and everyone in between. Stuller read more…

2017 Bench Jeweler Workshop Wrap-Up

A weekend of enlightening education and exciting competition

This past weekend, Stuller opened its doors to over 200 jewelers for its Bench Jeweler Workshop. Attendees sat through a multitude of classes touching topics from stone grading and identification, digital technology, product demonstrations and training, and all things in between. Factory tours throughout the weekend gave a glimpse of read more…

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Meet Meghan Proctor – Battle of the Benches® Contestant

The lifelong creator and innovator

Meghan Proctor has been in the jewelry industry for nearly 28 years, yet she’s only 35. A second-generation jeweler, she grew up in the family store working in sales and perfecting her skills on the bench. “I try to draw inspiration from literally anything I come across, like toys for 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…

Organize Your Bench

Suggestions to help optimize your working space

An organized shop is a more efficient one. How much time do you waste daily looking for tools? If you don’t think you do, log your actions for a day. Are you surprised? You can completely control misplaced tools by assigning each a designated space. Now label the location so read more…

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