Archive for November, 2008

Top 25 Arts Destination Voting is Open
Posted on November 28, 2008
Each year, AmericanStyle magazine conducts a reader poll where cities spanning the country , big, medium and small -compete to be included in the magazine's Annual Top 25 Arts Destinations edition. The results of each poll, are published in the June issue with reader comments and their editors' highlights of what to see and visit. Voting is now open for 2009... go vote for your favorite cities. ... Read More
Ever Wonder What It’s Like to Judge the AGTA Spectrum Awards?
Posted on November 26, 2008
Well then.... go see all the entries on the AGTA Spectrum Design Award webpage! It's only the second time they've ever posted all the 600+ entries and it's fascinating to see them all. Would you choose the same ones as the judges? ... Read More
Just 2 Weeks left to Enter Designs into Juried Book Competition
Posted on November 25, 2008
500 GEMSTONE JEWELS Juror: Cindy EdelsteinEntry Deadline: December 12, 2008Lark Books seeks high-quality images of jewelry featuring gems and stones to publish in an international juried collection. Diverse materials, from rough, natural stones to fully faceted precious gems (including diamonds), are desired. All design and setting styles are welcome. All jewelry forms, such as rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and brooches will be considered. There is no entry fee.See http://www.larkbooks.com/submissions/artist-submissions to download an entry form. ... Read More
Entries Now Being Accepted for the 2009 MJSA Vision Awards Design Competition
Posted on November 8, 2008
The competition is divided into two categories: Professional and Student Awards. In addition to the Professional and Student Awards, all eligible professional entries may qualify for Distinction Awards, which include:Enamel Distinction, sponsored by Rio GrandeLaser Distinction, sponsored by Crafford–LaserStar Technologies Corp.Mokumé-gane Distinction, co-sponsored by Shining Wave Metals and Reactive Metals StudioPalladium Distinction, sponsored by Hoover & StrongPlatinum Distinction, sponsored by Platinum Guild InternationalThe 2009 awards will also feature “The Reactive Metals Challenge,” which will honor professional designs that incorporate niobium, tantalum, and/or titanium. The first 10 entrants will have their $50 competition entry fees waived, courtesy of... Read More
jewelry_cycle exhibition: Artists Discover Hidden Sparkle in the Discarded
Posted on November 2, 2008
Holy Mother Board, Batman... it's jewelry! Jewelry_cycle is an educational showcase of wearable treasures made from re-cycled circuit boards on exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design until January 4, 2009. Circuit boards contain precious metals, such as copper, silver and gold, which add a precious element to what would otherwise be considered e-waste. The curators, Christine Dhein and Christophe Koch, along with invited artists Shana Astrachan, David Casella, Reed Easley, Aimee Golant, Kelly Nederman and emiko oye discover the hidden potential and transform these materials to create brilliant, sparkling jewels. Christine hopes that this recycled jewelry collection will “inspire visitors to appreciate the potential value of discarded objects in a new... Read More
Facebook for Jewelry Designers — Start a Page to Get Your Business Noticed on this Social Networking Site
Posted on November 1, 2008
We've been using Facebook now for nearly a year for business. While it's fun to find old schoolmates what we're really interested in is keeping up a steady, AND EASY, stream of contact with our business friends. For jewelry designers it's a great way to be found by potential customers, too. I know it can seem intimidating at first but honestly, once you get the hang of it -- and bookmark the site -- you'll be able to click in, check on your updates and friends, and click out in less than 5 minutes a day. What other kind of marketing/PR initiative takes that little time?You should start a page for yourself -- and of course, keep it all business related (or mostly!) and then start a "Page" for your company.Here's the Facebook page for a How-To... Read More
Jewelry Pliers Improved by Alan Revere of Revere Academy
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After two years in development, a newly refined and improved set of pliers, designed by Alan Revere, is available for goldsmiths and jewelry makers everywhere. The result of research, refinement and redesign, the new pliers incorporate a unique textured grip, which was designed by Alan. “We started with the finest German-made pliers available and added a totally new grip that increases function and efficiency. These pliers help get the job done, rather than getting in the way,” says Revere of his latest design.A prominent jewelry author and educator, Alan Revere is a German trained master goldsmith, award winning jewelry designer, and founder of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, California. Dissatisfied with pliers currently available through... Read More