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Buyer’s Tips Library

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

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

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

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


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