A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeships
A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeships: How to Create Effective Programs by Nanz Aalund. Suitable for shop owners, students, and instructors alike, A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeships provides detailed insights into all aspects of setting up a training program in the shop. It includes tests and projects through which apprentices can best learn about specific tools and skills; safety checkpoints; and interviews with professional jewelers who relate their own successful experiences with apprenticeships. Click here to learn more.
Cast Your Vote in This Year’s Design Challenge
This year, nine designers took the challenge of designing jewelry around a three Sri Lankan blue sapphires provided by Omi Gems. Now it’s your turn! Click on the link below to go to our online voting page, where you’ll be able to choose your favorite design. The deadline is Oct. 31. (For more information about the challenge, including the background story, click here.)
Our thanks to Omi Gems for sponsoring this year’s competition!
In the October MJSA Journal: The Art of Enameling
This month’s MJSA Journal tells you all you need to know about refining, as well as examines the intricacies of enameling.
A Mystery No More by Shawna Kulpa
Read about the various assaying methods refiners use and find out what happens to your scrap once refiners receive it and how they decide on the best test for it.
Looking Glass by John Shanahan
Enameling allowed designer Amy Roper Lyons to add color to her jewelry. Now her work looks anything but monochromatic. She shares her tips on the craft.
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MJSA Announces Winners of 2017 Vision Awards
MJSA member Adam Neeley’s Rouge Moderne earrings (right) were among the 10 designs honored this year with an MJSA Vision Award, which annually recognizes excellence in design creativity, craftsmanship, and technological prowess. The earrings, which took Laser Distinction honors, feature red zircons set in rose, white and yellow gold, capped by kite-shaped diamonds.
Click here to see all of the winners.
Our thanks to this year’s Vision Award sponsors: Rio Grande (General), Stuller/Gemvision (CAD/CAM Distincton), LaserStar Technologies Corp. (Laser Distinction), Century Casting Co. (Custom Design Distinction), The Richline Group (Responsible Practices Distinction), MJSA Education Foundation (Future of the Industry Award), and Instore, Metalsmith, and Retail Jeweler magazines (Media Sponsors).
View the 2017 MJSA Expo Look Book
Continue the MJSA Expo experience year-round through the Expo Look Book,which features supplies and services from the industry’s leading providers. Click here to see the 2017 MJSA Expo Look Book. And make a note: The 2018 Expo will run March 11-13 at the Javits Center. For updates, go to MJSAExpo.org.
Read the Latest Edition of the MJSA Retail Link
Find the latest finished lines and designs from MJSA members, as well as display and packaging, watch accessories, and premier services and supplies to help meet your custom and repair needs. This issue also features a "Custom Design Insights" article by Gary Dawson on how to connect with customers.
Click here to read the latest edition.
More Online Sourcing
Click here to view the online edition of the 2017 MSA Buyer’s Guide.
Click here to view theMJSA Guide to Subcontractors.
Click here to view the MJSA Product Showcase.