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  Understanding the difference between a long-term trend and a short-term fad can help you align your jewelry business with consumer demand while avoiding the pitfalls of designing around passing styles that die out after a couple of seasons. But distinguishing what’s

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These days you need written words for almost every aspect of your business: to tell the story of why you started making jewelry on your website, to share the inspiration for a new bracelet, to articulate your design philosophy, to craft a post on Facebook, to pen descriptions on Etsy, and the list goes on and on. In this latest Business Know-How post, Marlene Richey explains that improving your writing skills just a little can have big payoffs.

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Today, on The Studio, Marlene Richey brings us part two of her Marketing Plan Series. She shares concrete advice about how to begin your plan, set attainable goals, assess your success, and remain nimble by regularly reworking your plan. With Marlene’s expert advice you’ll learn how to get the biggest return on your marketing investment.


Each year we look back over the landscape of articles we wrote and try to pinpoint five of our readers’ favorites: The ones that drew the most eyes, the ones you spent the most time with, the ones that generated the most interest on social media. And each year, after Google has finished crunching the numbers for us, we are surprised and delighted to discover the five that made the cut. Here they are, Studio readers, your top five posts of 2014!


A 2013 Forbes survey found that “those customers who had customized a product online engaged more with the company. They visited its website more frequently, stayed on the page longer and were more loyal to the brand.” How can you, as a jeweler, tap into this craving for personalized goods? Read on and consider the myriad ways you can tap into this trend and make things personal!


Today, on The Studio, Marlene Richey introduces part one of a larger series about how to get your jewelry in the spotlight by developing a comprehensive marketing plan. Who is your target market? How do you intend to reach them? Start thinking about these questions and more and with Marlene’s expertise you’ll learn how to get the biggest return on your marketing investment.


If you work in the jewelry world, you are potentially a security risk, even if you work with non-precious materials. Today, Marlene Richey shares a list of 15 simple tips that will decrease your risk and increase your awareness. Her tips allow you to be security-savvy and take precautions to protect yourself and your work.

Columbine Earrings Two-tone

What are the pros and cons of running your jewelry business from home? Marlene Richey is the person to ask. She ran her own home-based jewelry design business for more than 30 years and she’s on The Studio today to give you the nitty gritty on what to expect when you work in the same place where you wear your bunny slippers!


What does it take to be a WILDLY successful seller on Etsy? We wanted to know, so we asked Chuck Domitrovich of Down to the Wire Designs how he does it. Chuck shared five simple and effective suggestions that will help you make the most of your online selling experience!


Jim Lawson was at Rio Grande last week to teach a photography class during our Summer Workshop Series. He sat down with us to talk about the difficulties of photographing jewelry and to share 10 easy tips from his class to help novice photographers start taking beautiful shots of their work.

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