The Joy Of Handmade Jewelry

Making jewelry is one of my hobbies, and I think that it’s one of the greatest pastimes one can have. I love listening to the radio, watching my favorite YouTubers, or just educating myself with an online course all while I tend to my DIY projects.

I’ve thought about putting together a post about the basics of making jewelry with your hands, but the fact is that every person is different and might be attracted to some kind of material or the next. I like to try out everything I get my hands on, and there are many places where you can get your supplies for cheap.

The five basic tools you will need for this hobby are wire cutters, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers, and several crimp tools. Of course, if your budget allows you to make other expenses, I also suggest getting several bead stoppers.

Metalsmithing with jewelry does not address complete rookies, which is to say that you will have to do a bit of research on using various tools and machines. You need things like a torch, solder supplies, pliers and files, tool boxes and saws, but also a drill press, for example. So, if you are tech-savvy or have used some of these tools before, I believe you should try it out. But if you aren’t into overly complicated activities, perhaps you have to steer clear of metalsmithing.

In terms of supplies, you can use a lot of materials from gems, …

Genuine Handcrafted Silver Jewelry

Genuine handcrafted silver jewelry is as lovely as it is unique. Whether you’re on the lookout for pieces to add to your assortment or are shopping for presents, there are glorious on-line sources for handmade earrings, pendants, rings, barrettes, and necklaces. For an exquisite shopping for experience, observe these five tips.

1. Find a reputable source. This will go without saying, but don’t confuse commercially manufactured jewellery with handcrafted silver jewelry. The latter is made by artisans that take nice delight of their work. It is useful to look for a company that has been in business for many years, and that has been promoting on-line for no less than five years.

2. Reap the benefits of customization. When jewellery is handmade, it may be custom-made in any number of ways, from the lengths of chains to the sorts of gems used in pendants and rings. You need not settle for “virtually good enough.” Instead, you can get the piece you’ve at all times dreamed of, in exactly the right size.

3. Measure carefully. As a result of custom-made items usually aren’t returnable, it is essential to make sure that the handcrafted silver jewellery you order will fit. It solely takes a few minutes to get a superb measurement, and doing so will be sure that the necklace or ring you order might be precisely what you want. For rings, ask a buddy to take a bit of string, put it across the knuckle or largest part of your finger, …

A Good Time to Sell your Gold Jewelry?

Have you read recently about how the price of gold is so high now that people are digging out their fillings (no, really!) to sell at the pawn shop? Well, it wouldn’t be a terrible idea if you tried to hunt for some old gold jewelry of yours to sell. But when you do that, you should be warned that you probably won’t get all the great full market prices that you go in expecting.

The thing is, when you buy gold jewelry new, you don’t pay just for the metal; you also pay for the design and workmanship that goes into it. When you go back to sell it years later, you don’t get anything for all that fancy work because the buyers are just going to melt it down for the metal it contains. Gold jewelry isn’t made of pure gold. It’s an alloy of gold and other metals like copper. Gold by itself, is far too soft a material to last long as jewelry. That’s what the whole karat measure is all about. The karat scale that they use to measure gold goes up to 24. The lower the number on the scale that your jewelry scores, the less gold it has. Gold that is 12 karat for instance is half gold and half copper. You need to take that into account. And then, the workers who melt the jewelry and separate the gold from the copper actually ask to be paid a quarter of the value …

Love costume jewelry? Get a jewelry making supplies catalog and make your own!

Oh, but for a bigger jewellery budget! Most women agree that owing too much jewelry is just not possible!. However, money always gets in the way of our desires so, if you're hooked on jewelry, here's a fun and inexpensive hobby that allows you to expand your jewellery case contents with original creations you make yourself. Even if you don't feel that you're the artistic type, take heart because necklaces, earrings and bracelets have only so many shapes and variations, so the design process is actually quite easy. All you need are some basic jewelry making supplies and a little time.

Jewelry making supplies are a specialized niche of the arts and crafts market. Craft shops may stock some supplies, but your choices are limited. For an eye-opening look at the variety and breadth of your choices, Google 'jewelry making supplies'. These specialty sites have no shortage of inventory for every facet of jewelry making.

You'll find faux jewels, beads, clay, silver and gold ornaments, chains, earring hooks and necklace clasps. Ideas for fabulous pieces that will match a particular costume will jump out at you. Be sure to check out the tool section for more inspiration. With just a tiny little hammer, you can make trendy one-of-a-kind earrings from rolls of metal wire, pounded flat into any shape you wish.

Most jewelry making supply houses offer both online and printed catalogs. The online catalogs may not include every item they offer, so be sure to order a printed catalog that …

Fun and Fashionable Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

While growing up, I heard the phrase "diamonds are a girl's best friend" more times than I could ever count. My grandmother was particularly fond of these gemstones, and would regale me with the stories behind each piece in her collection. So when I started buying my own jewels and accessories, I naturally gravitated towards the same sparkling beauties that always caught my grandmother's eye. Of course, one look at the price tag was enough to make me realize that I wouldn't own any of those stones in my lifetime, so I've learned to content myself with cubic zirconia jewelry instead.

Cubic zirconia jewelry is a wonderful alternative to those who can't afford real diamonds or who don't want to wear their most expensive pieces in public. These synthetic stones are just as sparkly and brilliant as their natural counterparts, and are cut and mounted so well that people often can't tell the difference with the naked eye. Best of all, cubic zirconia jewelry is extremely cheap, which means you can buy all the items you want.

I have been buying affordable cubic zirconia jewelry for years now. In this time, I've amassed a very nice collection of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings in a variety of settings. In fact, I never have to worry about accessorizing because I have just the right piece no matter what the occasion. And believe me when I say that my friends are extremely jealous of all my jewels. I haven't told them that …

Choosing The Right Wedding Jewellery

There are a few things from your wedding day that are supposed to last forever, other than the marriage, of course. Your flowers, favors, and food are all going to be consumed and you will use up any leftovers very quickly. Your wedding jewelry, however, is going to be on your finger for life, or as long as you remain married. When you are choosing your rings and any gifts you want to give to each other, take some time and choose wisely. You should both love what was chosen because you will be wearing it for a long time to come, each and every day.

Choose to spend some money on your wedding jewelry. Your cake is important, but it is for one day. Your jewelry is something you are going to be keeping forever. You don't want to skimp on your wedding rings. Some couples do spend less with the promise to replace the rings with higher quality rings on a certain anniversary, but you still have to spend some money on something that will not break and will not tarnish. Make this a priority in your wedding budget. You will be glad that you did.

Start by deciding how much you think you can afford to spend on your wedding jewelry. You may be surprised to find that you can get some great items without having to spend a fortune. If you are low on cash, skip the wedding jewelry that contains diamonds. You can always have …

Ethnic Artisan Jewellery – How To Look Great for Less

Diamond tennis bracelets and emerald earrings with a matching pendant are probably not on many birthday or Valentine's shopping lists this year. If you're looking for some new jewellery, here's a new, more affordable way to add to your collection. If you're not familiar with the eclectic and ethnic artisan jewelry, you should go take a look. You'll find the most interesting and lovely pieces at a fraction of the price of that diamond tennis bracelet. Artisan jewelry is handmade by individual artists who create unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry at relatively inexpensive prices.

So where do you find this handcrafted jewelry? Easy enough. Go to any of the crafts fairs to find at least a half dozen booths featuring artisan jewelry. You can meet the person who made the jewelry too. They're always happy to answer any questions you may have with respect to techniques, construction and stones used in any particular piece that catches your eye. Artisan jewelers live and breathe their craft, and are proud of their workmanship. Another good source of this type of jewelry is the small shops which stock unusual, upscale, ethnic jewelry and clothing.

Many other exciting possibilities await you online. Do an image search on Google – a search on 'artisan jewelry' turns up about 175,000 images, while 'ethnic jewelry' brings almost 240,000 images for you to browse. Some of these pieces are truly knockouts. Scroll through the images until you find a look or style you love – it won't take long! Then, just …

Tips For Purchasing Gemstone Rings

Rings make perfect gifts for that special someone in your life but especially for women. You see, women adore gemstones so much that you can almost feel their heart jump and their eyes sparkle when presented with a high carat piece of jewelry.

It could be a gift for your mum or perhaps for you wife on her birthday. Rings make great gifts for anniversaries, mother’s day time and a much more. As the saying goes, “say it with a band,” and, of course, this applies especially when somebody proposes. Rings are also well-known for their part in nuptial ceremonies.

Until now, diamonds have been the #1 choice for rings. Because of their many carious beautiful characteristics, they are said to be forever, at least thats what conventional wisdom says. In this modern world, diamonds aren't only used as an indicator of undying love and loyalty, they are so much more. But how can you pick the best kind of ring for your special someone?

Well, there are several factors that you need to first consider before investing in a ring. Here are a few:


Depending on the kind of ring that you’re planning to buy, you need to consider how much it is going to cost. Does it match the money you have at hand or will that big stone leave you short? You can risk your entire trust fund just by purchasing a single shiny ring but there are rings that can be quite expensive just depending on their simplicity and elegance.


You must know what color she likes (or hates). This would add to the thrill of …

Why Are Silver Bracelets So Loved By Women

If you are looking for the perfect women’s silver bracelet, then the good news is that you will find tons of good options both on and off-line. Depending on where you shop, its possible to find many different styles of bracelets – in fact you are almost guaranteed to find som,ething that suits your needs. And, whats more, if you cant find one ready made then there are loads of great designers specialising in custom jewellery. If you are searching for bespoke handcrafted jewellery, I recommend that you try out Just Gems. Or, you could simply try searching your local craft shows or flea markets. However, before you start shopping, if you would like some advice on how to select the best silver bracelet, then this article will supply a few helpful tips.

Get The Look

If you’re into the more sophisticated look, then you might prefer a traditional Byzantine style of bracelet. These bracelets are made with lots of little knots and links wound together in intricate patterns, and they can be crafted from a variety of metals. One of the most frequently used, however, is sterling silver.


When matched with an accompanying Byzantine style necklace, these bracelets form a perfect set suitable for any occasion. This kind of style has been in use for hundreds of years and has been used to create beautiful jewellery across countless fashion trends, so it certainly won’t go out of style. The Celtic knot bracelet is similar in fashion to …

Learn The Facts About Jewelry Through These Tips

Buying jewellery can be a daunting task for many of us, especially after looking at the price tags that some pieces seem to carry. However, If you have some knowledge of jewellery and what to look for when buying, the process is simplified immensely. Follow this article’s advice to help you make the best decision when buying jewellery and remember to add sparkle with emeralds, sapphires, rubies and diamonds without detracting from your outfit.

Two of the newest trends are twisted earrings made of silver and hoops in bright colors. It’s easy to try something new because earrings like these are such a subtle piece of jewelry. Enjoy fashion and try the latest trends to dress up your ears. If you are careful and adhere to many of the tips that you have read here then you should be on your way to obtaining some lovely pieces of jewellery – and , in fact, you can find some amazing pieces of exceptionally fine jewellery at this website. Soon you will know the best buying tricks and the best ways to care for these very treasured possessions.

In this article, we will also try and help you by providing some tips on how to re-purpose old pieces of jewellery. After all, why throw those pieces out when you can turn them into something you love? With just a little bit of work, minimal cost, and barely any effort, you can make your jewellery pieces look new again.
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