Archive for June, 2012

MJSA's Secret Shop Weapons book
MJSA Publishes Book on Secret Shop Weapons
Posted on June 18, 2012
MJSA has published Secret Shop Weapons, a book that reveals the favorite shop tools of more than 30 jewelers and designers. The 160-page book. edited by one of our favorite dynamic duos designers Chris Ploof and Ann Cahoon,  features tools from the high-tech (lasers, CAD/CAM, laptops) to the traditional (gravers, hammers, saws). Jewelers and designers discuss why different tools are valuable, how they’re used and the breakthrough they’ve helped to achieve. “Secret shop tips” are also included in the book to help make jewelry-making and design easier. Step-by-step projects show several of the tools in action, and additional projects are available online on the MJSA website, accessible through a password provided in the book. The site features videos of the book’s... Read More
Cultured Pearl Contest Winner 2011
CPAA Announces Third International Pearl Design Competition
Posted on
Earlier this month, the Cultured Pearl Association of Americaofficially kicked off its Third International Pearl Design Competition 2012–2013.    Images of design entries (sketches or finished pieces) highlighting any pearl variety may be submitted through Sept. 3. Winners will be announced on Nov. 1, and receive press recognition as well as display space for completed pieces at the CPAA booth at the AGTA Tucson GemFair and JCK Las Vegas in 2013. For complete contest details visit or call 888-31-PEARL. View last year’s winners.   [source:]... Read More
Screen shot 2012-06-17 at 9.04.32 PM
Revere Academy Offers Mort Abelson Scholarship for Jeweler’s Masters Symposium
Posted on June 12, 2012
  Honoring the man who opened up the jewelry industry to designers, this contest offers an opportunity to study with a world-class jewelry artist. The winner receives an all-expenses-paid scholarship from anywhere in the US to San Francisco (air, lodging, tuition and fees) for a master class of their choice during the Academy's annual 3-week long International Masters Symposium in April 2013. During the Masters Symposium, prominent jewelry artists, designers, craftsmen and experts from all over the world converge on San Francisco to teach professional skills and techniques in the area of their greatest expertise. Click here to see the Masters Symposium classes offered. Entry Fee: $25 Eligibility: The contest is open to anyone in the United States and Canada.... Read More