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All in Good Time Announcing the winners of the 2016 MJSA Vision Awards
Burma Ban Busted U.S. ban on Burmese gemstones is lifted. By Deborah A. Yonick
By Your Side Claudia Kretchmer pays tribute to her father in a two-stone tension ring. By Shannon L. Brown
Casting Call Dawn Muscio designs a palladium bowtie worthy of the red carpet. By Shannon L. Brown
Cosmic Connections Ezra Satok-Wolman crafts a tribute to Pythagoras. By Shannon L. Brown
Crafting a Custom Pearl Necklace Gregory Crawford describes crafting a custom pearl necklace.
Design Heroes Suzy Landa discusses Pat Flynn’s work. By Irina Missiuro
Evolving Contrasts Annie Koenig explains how she used juxtapositions to create a harmonizing design.
Eyes on the Prize A showcase of the winners of the 2014 MJSA Vision Awards. By Shawna Kulpa and Rebecca Oster Bach
Finding Forethought When creating a piece of jewelry, consider the chain and findings as an integral part of your design—not an afterthought. By Shannon L. Brown
Fire and Ice Eva Martin explains how designed her Fire and Ice earrings to give her customer the choice between looks. By Shawna Kulpa
Five Faves: Alex Woo A look at Alex Woo’s top five sources of inspiration.
Five Faves: Anita Sondore A look at Anita Sondore’s top five sources of inspiration.
Five Faves: Chihiro Makio Designer Chihiro Makio shares her top five sources of inspiration.
Five Faves: Erik Stewart A look at Erik Stewart’s top five sources of inspiration.
Five Faves: Rebecca Myers A look at Rebecca Myers’s top five sources of inspiration.
Five Faves: Sydney Lynch A look at Sydney Lynch’s top five sources of inspiration.
Five Faves: Todd Pownell A look at Todd Pownell’s top five sources of inspiration.
Five Faves: Tomasz Donocik Designer Tomasz Donocik shares his top five sources of inspiration.
Flight of Fancy Michael Barin captures nature as art with his silver butterfly ring. By Shannon L. Brown
For the Boys A look at Ryan Roberts’ untitled award-winning ring. By Shannon L. Brown
From the Deep Kent Raible fuses his way to victory with his 18k yellow gold, 20k rose gold, and platinum pendant. By Shannon Brown
Functional Design Designers showcase components as the focus of their designs. By Shawna Kulpa
Garden’s Glory The story behind the creation of JJ Buckar’s Peruvian Wild Flower. By Shannon L. Brown
Get Creative with Belle Brooke Barer Tapping inspiration with Belle Brooke Barer.
Get Creative with Gregoré Morin Tapping inspiration with Gregoré Morin.
Getting Connected Inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge, Erik Stewart crafts Transit. By Shannon L. Brown
Gift from the Sea How the loss of one ring led Aleksandra Vali to create her Le Mirage ring. By Sharon Elaine Thompson
Great Beginnings Getting to know Alishan Halebian. By Irina Missiuro
Handle with Care Tips for designing with and setting delicate gemstones.
Here Comes the Sun Finding inspiration with Tomasz Donocik. By Irina Missiuro
The House that Class Built Finding inspiration with Petra Class. By Irina Missiuro
Imperfect Perfection Alishan Halebian’s sphere is a metaphor for light and life. By Shannon L. Brown
In the Mood Todd Reed discusses his Aquamarine Cuff bracelet. By Tina Wojtkielo Snyder
Laser Engraving Tips for laser marking and engraving jewelry
Lean and Mean Tips for making thin metal designs safe and strong.By Charles Lewton-Brain
Let It Roar Jonathan Rutledge’s homage to the Ishtar Gate. By Irina Missiuro
Light Show Claudio Pino captures the night sky in Magnificent Stellaire. By Shannon L. Brown
Lunar Love The story behind Genevieve Yang’s Large Lunar Cycle necklace. By Shawna Kulpa
Lustrous Twist Anil Maloo captures a win with his pearl cage earrings. By Shannon L. Brown
Luxe Looks for Less Tips for creating beautiful designs on small budgets. By Elisabeth Beller
Making Your Mark Three jewelry companies putting engravers to use as design tools, creating unique and personalized details that help set their jewelry apart. By Shannon L. Brown
Minimalist and Monumental Michael David Sturlin discusses his Ring to Brighten a Rainy Day. By Irina Missiuro
Mirror, Mirror Robin Waynee fabricates a reversible pearl pendant. By Shannon L. Brown
Mon Cheerie A look at the story behind Ion Ionescu’s Pillow for Dreaming, the first-place winning ring in the Evening Wear category of the 2012 AGTA Spectrum Awards. By Shawna Kulpa
Night Beauty Craftsmanship is key for Llyn Strong’s wearable art. By Irina Missiuro
Night Light Read about the challenges Adam Neeley faced when creating his Moonlight and Caviar ring, which won first place, Professional Design Excellence, in the 2012 MJSA Vision Awards. By Shannon L. Brown
Off the Beaten Path Crafting jewelry around unusual gemstones. By Tina Wojkielo Snyder
Organic Geometry Sydney Lynch creates a bi-metal organic geometric bracelet. By Shannon L. Brown
Perfect Vintage Kelly Liddicoat turns heads with her Swirling Spirits ring. By Shannon L. Brown
Playing Favorites Discover the favorite pieces of four designers—Jason Dow, Emanuela Duca, Elizabeth Garvin, Paula Crevoshay—and the reasons these pieces hold a special place in their hearts. By Shawna Kulpa
Proud Peacock Katy Briscoe follows her instincts to create Raj. By Shannon L. Brown
Red Carpet Design Michelle Pajak-Reynolds works her way to the Emmy Awards. By Irina Missiuro
Redefining Balance Cynthia Eid deconstructs her playful Choices necklace. By Irina Missiuro
A Riveting Tribute Jenny Reeves uses rivets to secure her five-layer, San-Francisco-inspired Argentium silver ring. By Shawna Kulpa
The Right Mix
Learn the six key ingredients necessary for designers to create cohesive collections of work that are designed to be sellable. By Cindy Edelstein
Rock On Leon Megé hits a high note with his Maestro ring. By Shannon L. Brown
Rock-Solid Bonds A look at Cynthia Renée Zava’s Torres del Paine ring.
Storytelling The story behind the winners of the 2015 MJSA Vision Awards.
Striking a Balance Crafting exquisite jewelry with unique gems. By Alishan Halebian
Stuck in a Rut Tips for getting over a creative block. By Shawna Kulpa
Super Model Randy Polk glamorizes stainless steel in his Cover Girl ring.
Taking Flight Finding Inspiration with Zoltan David. By Irina Missiuro
Think Big Jennifer Rabe-Morin makes a statement with a fire agate. By Shannon L. Brown
Think Creative Designers share tales of inspiration. By Irina Missiuro
Tiny Bubbles Bruce Hartman was inspired by the rocky coast of Maine to hand carve a carnelian that is at the center of his award-winning pendant. By Shawna Kulpa
Turning Point Ryan Roberts’ foray into CAD proves rewarding in these revolving, award-winning earrings. By Shannon Brown
Walking a Tightrope The hoops Pierre-Yves Paquette jumped through to complete his Circus, Circus ring. By Shannon L. Brown
Warming Trend The story behind Robin Waynee’s Green Moonstone bracelet. By Sharon Elaine Thompson
Wear It Well Deirdre Featherstone designs convertible color. By Shannon L. Brown
World Class A look at Erik Stewart’s Hollein ring. By Shannon L. Brown
World of Whimsy Behind the creation of Christi Anderson’s Fairy Queen of Keys Castle necklace. By Sharon Elaine Thompson