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Buyer’s Tips Library

A Few of Their Favorite Things  Vibrant colors and natural gemstones were in demand with Tucson buyers in 2019. By Deborah A. Yonick

Best Sellers  The top-selling tools among industry suppliers. By Shawna Kulpa

Buying Findings  Selecting the right components when making jewelry.

CAD Comparison Chart   Whether you’re a total newbie just getting your feet wet or an experienced user looking to upgrade your current setup, shopping for computer-aided design (CAD) software can be a mindboggling experience. To help you narrow down the choices, MJSA Journal presents this comprehensive chart comparing the most popular jewelry-specific CAD programs on the market. Compiled by Shawna Kulpa

The CAM Choice   Still boggled by all of the CAM options available to the jewelry industry? Check out this guide that will help you know when it’s time to invest in your own machine—and how to choose one wisely.

CAM Comparison Chart  Whether you’re interested in a 3-D printer, which builds models layer by layer, or a mill, which uses a subtractive process to carve models directly from wax, you have many options from which to choose. To help you find the best system to meet your needs, MJSA Journal presents a comprehensive chart comparing CAM systems currently available for use in the jewelry industry. Compiled by Shawna Kulpa

CAM Crossroads  How do you know when it’s time to invest in your own CAM system? By Sharon Elaine Thompson

Carving Out a Niche  Laser engraving systems can save time and effort, but do they make sense for you? By Shawna Kulpa

Chain and Findings: A Buyer’s Guide   By Shawna Kulpa

Tips for selecting the right components Chain Glossary  A glossary of chain styles for jewelry makers and designers. 

Design Disruptions  Women and children driving tomorrow’s trends. By Deborah A. Yonick

Diamond Detection  Tips for investing in synthetic diamond screening technology. By Shawna Kulpa

Equipment Checklist  Checklist to help purchase the best equipment and technology. By Gerry Davies

Findings Glossary  A glossary of findings and components for jewelry makers.

Gem Treatment Guide  A guide to gemstone treatments and enhancements. By Arthur Anton Skuratowicz and Julie Nash

Laser Enraver Comparison (2019)  Compiled by Shawna Kulpa

Lay of the Land  Putting the RinGenie layout tool to the test at the bench. By Arthur Anton Skuratowicz

Metal Mania  Top jewelry trends in gold, silver, and platinum. By Irina Hawkins

Ordering Metals  Tips for sourcing precious metals for jewelry making. By Stewart Grice

Picture This...  3-D scanning offers new possibilites—and new customers. By John Shanahan

A Sense of Source  The growing awareness and importance of artisanal mines. By John Shanahan

Sustainable Alternatives  Jewelers redefining what it means to source responsibly. By Irina Hawkins

Tool Testing  Three bench jewelers put four new bench tools to the test. Compiled by Tina Wojtkielo Snyder

Tracking 2019 Gem Trends  Gearing up to shop the gem shows. By Deborah A. Yoncik


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