Andy, a self-professed “non-jeweler,” dives into a Beginning PMC class by the one and only Yvonne M. Padilla. What will he create?
This year, in the tragic wake of destruction that Hurricane Sandy left behind, the good people of CERF+ (the Craft Emergency Relief Fund) have been making great strides in helping artists, arts organizations, and other affected creatives get back on their feet. Read on to learn how you might be able to lend a hand or receive assistance. . .
One question we’re often asked is where our gemstones come from, so I thought Rio Grande customers might like to know about an initiative we have been pursuing: buying gemstones from reputable firms and ensuring the production of those stones causes no human suffering. Here’s how we do it.
Argentium International has implemented a continuous research and development program to better understand the properties of Argentium silver alloys and learn how to optimize these properties for different applications. Today, on The Studio, Charles Allenden tells us about the fascinating evolution of Argentium – more reason to try this exceptional silver alloy.
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.
Blaine Lewis and New Approach School for Jewelers recently opened its new home in Franklin TN, and we’re excited to tell you about this unique place!
It caught my eye one day in early 2010, when an article by the Associated Press (AP) revealed that it had obtained children’s jewelry containing a lot of cadmium, a heavy metal that’s considered a hazardous substance by the U.S. government. While I knew that jewelers would want to ensure that children were protected, they also run businesses and needed to have clarity on what tests were needed and what the limits were. . .
Would you consider buying a 1 carat diamond without a certificate? Most folks wouldn’t. Consumers rely on the objectivity of a third-party gem lab to tell them the properties of the diamond they’re considering. So it is especially damaging to know that some diamond grading labs don’t do an ethical job when grading the diamonds. . .