What’s on your bench right this minute? Each month we present you with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invited readers to submit a picture or two and a short description of what’s on their jeweler’s bench right now. Well, we’ve given this month’s winner a $10 credit, and July’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!
“For competitions I want to push the envelope. I want to dazzle the judges with something they haven’t seen before—that is the whole point,” says Robin Waynee, 2012 Saul Bell Design Award Grand Prize winner. Robin fabricated her entire winning bracelet by hand, forgoing casting in favor of individually crafting each element to achieve an incredible level of detail and finishing…
Our quest to find out what’s happening in YOUR studio continues! Last month we presented you all with another “What are You Working on Now?” contest, in which we invited readers to submit a picture or two and a short description of what’s on their jeweler’s bench right now. Well, we’ve given this month’s winner a $10 credit, and June’s contest has officially begun – show us your stuff for a chance to win!
We’re announcing the 2012 Saul Bell Design Award winners in less than four weeks—so let’s check in with some of last year’s winners and see what they have to say about their work! Here’s Janice Grzyb, winner of the Silver/Argentium category.
You can give lampworked beads a polished and sparkling finish by lining them with silver tubing. Eleanore Macnish and Mark Nelson show you how!
One important aspect of running a business is to balance the needs of the customer with the needs of the business. How can you give a little something back to your business during this busy season? Consider converting your gold and silver shop scrap into cash for the coming year!
We all need to adapt to the shifting markets for silver, gold, and platinum. Find out what Rio is doing to make buying metals easier and more affordable…
Juan Lopez, first place winner in the precious metals category of the 2011 Spanish Market, creates beautifully intricate silver filigree. . .
Back in 1979 the infamous Hunt brothers largely cornered the market on silver, driving the price from $6 per ounce to an all-time high of $48.70. Their scheme unraveled when the COMEX intervened, and silver rapidly shrank back down to more accustomed prices.
But here we are in 2011, and silver prices are once again whipsawing – trading at prices well north of $40, and then dropping $10 in less than a week down to $37 or so. But our current situation is different from conditions back in 1979, and while no one knows for sure, it seems possible that silver may have enduring higher prices going forward.
“BAM!” is what Emeril the chef says on his cooking show. And “BAM!” is what I felt when I saw the price of silver top the $30 mark on Monday. Lately, listening to the news has seemed surreal. The Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, has been quoted about “fears of deflation”. Yet here is $30 silver, where just a couple months ago it was half that price. What is a jeweler supposed to do?
Silver prices have recently topped $25 per troy ounce. It wasn’t so long ago that silver traditionally traded close to $6 per troy ounce. Like all free markets, the price of precious metals is based on supply and demand. And while the jewelry industry actually uses a small percentage of the worldwide silver demand, we feel the crunch of rising prices as hard as anyone…