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A jeweler in West Africa will typically own a hammer, pliers or tweezers, and a few other odds and ends that they keep in a hand-made toolbox. They must rely on their ingenuity because commercial tools are rarely available. The Toolbox Initiative aims to address this imbalance. Jewelers and teachers Tim McCreight and Matthieu Cheminée formed The Toolbox Initiative to assist the metalsmithing community in West Africa and to recognize them for their kindness and generosity during the research for the book, Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa.
On The Studio today: We recently read that a diamond-grading lab reported getting over 600 synthetic diamonds without disclosure. You may or may not have heard something about this yourself but, either way, I urge you to read about it now. Diamonds are the life-blood for many jewelers, and any threat that the diamonds for sale in a store might be “fakes” could be a huge problem for everyone, be they a jeweler or a customer.