Building a Better Industry
The national discussion about race that was raised following the murder of George Floyd last May reverberated through every industry, ours included. This month, we take a look at some of the initiatives already underway to address diversity and inclusion as well as some of the things everyone in the industry can do to make it one of which we can all be proud.
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Featuring Gary Dawson
One of the of the most creative and technically adventurous jewelers out there today, Gary Dawson is passionate about sharing his jewelry-making know-how and enthusiasm for custom design.
In this episode, we spoke to Dawson about his personal experience navigating his business through the COVID-19 pandemic, opportunities this crisis has created for jewelers, the excitement of tying cutting-edge technologies with the heritage of the past, and what’s in store for custom designed jewelry in 2021 and beyond.
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MJSA Design Challenge
New Entry: Betty Padilla
A Native American woman dedicated to bringing attention to the issues affecting indigenous people worldwide is at the center of this year’s MJSA Challenge: Honoring One’s Heritage. This month’s entry is from New Mexico-based jewelry designer Betty Padilla.
Click here to see her design and read more about her process.
In MJSA Journal This Month...
The national discussion about race that was raised following the murder of George Floyd last May reverberated through every industry, ours included. This month, we take a look at some of the initiatives aimed at building diversirty in the jewelry industry as well as some of the things everyone in the industry can do to make it one of which we can all be proud. By Deborah A. Yonick
Companies plan ahead for a lot of things that could disrupt operations, but it’s a safe bet that not many companies had a plan in place for a pandemic, much less one that would last a year. To see how two jewelry manufacturers managed, we checked in with Stuller Inc. and Christian Tse Designs & Manufacturing Inc. They share how they responded to the crisis and the steps they’ve taken to better position themselves for the next one. By Shawna Kulpa
When a customer tells you they want a sqaure-shaped stone, how do you know the specific gemstone cut they’re referencing? This step-by-step guide will teach you how to sketch emerald, radiant, and princess cut gemstones. By Rémy Rotenier
Click here to see the full lineup of articles in this month’s MJSA Journal.
Free Trial Subscription
"More than other publications, MJSA Journal is oriented toward people like me: those trying to earn a living by designing and making jewelry," says Jim Binnion of James Binnion Metal Arts. Click here for a FREE four-month trial subscription, and see how MJSA Journal can help your professional success.
MJSA COVID-19 Resources and Information
MJSA is continuing to monitor the developments related to COVID-19 and the industry recovery.
The resources webpage features links to MJSA resources, national and state guidance, as well as initiatives offered by other jewelry industry organizations. Click here to access the COVID-19 page.
MJSA Press Books:
Technical & Business Expertise
MJSA Press books offer best business practices and expert technical solutions for the making and selling of jewelry, including the all new At the Bench Vol. 2: Tips, Techniques, and Step-by-Step Projects for Jewelers of All Skill Levels.
Other recent award-winning titles include A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeships; Jewelry Metals: A Guide to Working with Common Alloys; and Profiting by Design: A Jewelry Maker’s Guide to Business Success. Click here to learn more.
MJSA Expo to Return in August 2021
MJSA Expo, the longest-running trade show dedicated to professional jewelry making and design, will return to the Javits Center in New York City on August 8-10. The show will feature an expanded show floor and an enhanced, "hybrid" seminar program.
Expo will run at the same time as the summer JA New York retail show, continuing a dynamic collaboration that over the past several years has drawn buyers from all sectors of the jewelry industry.
Click here to read more about the show and view the list of exhibitors.
MJSA Expo Expands Online
Now you can enjoy an "Expo Experience" from your favorite easy chair: MJSA has launched MJSA Expo Online, an extension of our flagship trade show that will present the latest jewelry-making supplies and services. Through scheduled webinars, in-depth profiles, and social media streams, Expo Online will showcase products and services available from Expo’s exhibitors.
Click here to discover more about the scheduled presentations.
MJSA’s Online Learning Series covers a range of technical and business topics and are hosted by Andrea Hill, the CEO of Hill Management Group and MJSA’s Designer Advocate. Sessions are free of charge to MJSA Premier members, $15 for Associate members, and $50 for non-members.
February 11, 2021 - 1 p.m.
Pricing Primer: Keys to Profitability
After inspiration strikes, after all the hours dedicated to designing and creating exquisite jewelry, after all the plans are in place for production and promotion, there’s still one key decision that can make or break a sale: how to price your work. Join Andrea Hill as she revisits the key factors—from production costs and margins to value and uniqueness— that go into the equation, with real-life examples of how others have found their pricing "sweet spots."
Click here to see the full webinar schedule and access past session replays.
Top Supplies and Services for 2021
An MJSA Sourcing Guide: If you’re looking a selection of premier tools, supplies, technologies, and services that can help you find success in 2021 (and beyond), the new Top Supplies and Services Guide is the place to start. All of the products and services are offered by MJSA members, who agree to abide by the MJSA Code of Ethics, meaning buyers can purchase with confidence.
Click here to view the guide.
Fall MJSA Retail Link Digital Edition
See the latest finished jewelry styles—from cost-effective fashion items and artisan pieces to couture collections—from MJSA members, along with a range of packaging and display options so that all those designs can be properly showcased to customers.
It also includes two articles to aid retailers as the holidays approach:
• "Over the Counter, Within the Law"offers tips on the two most important areas that retailers must address when buying jewelry from customers: properly testing the metal and following all local, state, and federal requirements.
• "Custom Crunch Time" offers practical advice for custom jewelers when they get last-minute holiday requests.
Click here to view the latest Retial Link Digital Edition.
More Online Sourcing
Click here to view the current MJSA Buyer’s Guide.
Click here to view the MJSA Guide to Subcontractors.