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Gemstone wholesaler Tim Roark mixes business with friendships across the globe

Gemstone wholesaler Tim Roark mixes business with friendships across the globe

Tim Roark hadn’t traveled a lot as a child, but he...

Jewelers Helping Jewelers

Jewelers Helping Jewelers

The Southern Jewelers Guild takes a look at the exp...

Retailer Roundtable: Is the bead trend over?

Retailer Roundtable: Is the bead trend over?

Q: Is the bead trend over?

“The bead trend is defin...

Paying tribute to one of the oldest bench jewelers in the southeast

Paying tribute to one of the oldest bench jewelers in the southeast

John Bosco:  May 23, 1924 - December 14, 2016

The f...

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How a group of retirees pulled off the biggest jewelry heist in British history

How a group of retirees pulled off the biggest jewelry heist in British history

They pried open the elevator doors to the open shaft. Then one or more of them dropped down to the basement.

The audacious April 2015 ransacking of safe-deposit boxes in Hatton Garden, London’s jewelry district, was epic. So much cash, jewelry, and ot...

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First 2017 JIS Show leaves attendees confident about the year ahead

First 2017 JIS Show leaves attendees confident about the year ahead

JIS deems 1st of two shows at temporary Fort Lauderdale location a success

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The JIS January 2017 Show concluded on January 29th at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center for its first show of 2017 and its first of two shows being held ...

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Noble Display and Packaging merges with J. Grant & Co.

Noble Display and Packaging merges with J. Grant & Co.

Noble Group brings greater service, products, pricing for independent jewelers

(CEDAR GROVE, N.J.) - Noble Display and Packaging has announced the completion of its merger with J. Grant & Co., a display and packaging company known for designing and...

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Zimbals expands wholesale pre-owned Rolex Watch Program

Zimbals expands wholesale pre-owned Rolex Watch Program

New SwissWatchServiceCenter.com site exclusively for Rolex repair

(TAMPA, Fla.) - Since 1990, the experts at Zimbals have been dedicated to the sales and service of pre-owned Rolex watches. You may know them by their wholesale-only website, SwissWatchP...

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Retailer Roundtable: How was your Christmas season and what were your hot sellers?

Retailer Roundtable: How was your Christmas season and what were your hot sellers?

Q: How was your Christmas season and what were your hot sellers?  

“The actual numbers are still being tabulated, but what I can say is the numbers are close to 10 percent over last year’s holiday season. Which was quite a surprise as the months and we...

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How a group of retirees pulled off the biggest jewelry heist in British history

3 DAYS AGO
How a group of retirees pulled off the biggest jewelry heist in British history

They pried open the elevator doors to the open shaft. Then one or more of them dropped down to the basement.

The audacious April 2015 ransacking of safe-deposit boxes in Hatton Garden, London’s jewelry district, was epic. So much cash, jewelry, and other valuables had been taken that the loot had bee...

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Printing up compassion in 3D

10 DAYS AGO
Printing up compassion in 3D

There is no remedy to cure the tragic hurt caused by the loss of a child. For a grieving parent, the best one can hope for is time to process the pain and a few happy memories. Time comes easy, but for parents of stillborn children, happy memories are often in short order.

Srdjan Urosev hopes his com...

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First 2017 JIS Show leaves attendees confident about the year ahead

3 DAYS AGO
First 2017 JIS Show leaves attendees confident about the year ahead

JIS deems 1st of two shows at temporary Fort Lauderdale location a success

(NORWALK, Conn.) - The JIS January 2017 Show concluded on January 29th at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center for its first show of 2017 and its first of two shows being held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. JIS reports the Show ...

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Registration open for 2017 Santa Fe Symposium

3 DAYS AGO
Registration open for 2017 Santa Fe Symposium

Premier conference for jewelry makers and educators

Registration is now open for the 2017 Santa Fe Symposium®. This year’s Symposium will be held in Albuquerque, N.M. from May 21–24.

“There is one reason I attend the Santa Fe Symposium year after year without fail: I learn more there than I do through...

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Noble Display and Packaging merges with J. Grant & Co.

10 DAYS AGO
Noble Display and Packaging merges with J. Grant & Co.

Noble Group brings greater service, products, pricing for independent jewelers

(CEDAR GROVE, N.J.) - Noble Display and Packaging has announced the completion of its merger with J. Grant & Co., a display and packaging company known for designing and manufacturing Ice Grip displays, modular Breakawa...

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RDI Diamonds achieves Responsible Jewelry Council certification

16 DAYS AGO
RDI Diamonds achieves Responsible Jewelry Council certification

(LONDON) - The Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC) has announced that RDI Diamonds, Inc. has achieved Certification against the 2013 Code of Practices (COP) at its trading office in New York.

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Zimbals expands wholesale pre-owned Rolex Watch Program

3 DAYS AGO
Zimbals expands wholesale pre-owned Rolex Watch Program

New SwissWatchServiceCenter.com site exclusively for Rolex repair

(TAMPA, Fla.) - Since 1990, the experts at Zimbals have been dedicated to the sales and service of pre-owned Rolex watches. You may know them by their wholesale-only website, SwissWatchPricing.com, or from their book, “The Professional’...

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ASHI introduces Lovebright - The new halo engagement ring

3 DAYS AGO
ASHI introduces Lovebright - The new halo engagement ring

Surveys have show that diamond halo engagement rings make up nearly 50% of all new bridal sales today. “​This is the perfect time to introduce and showcase the beauty and value of a Lovebright halo engagement ring to your customers,” says Rajeev Pandya, partner at Ashi Diamonds. ASHI’s Lovebright br...

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BRONZClay™ now available exclusively from Rio Grande

Following a successful “sneak peek” at the 2008 PMC® Conference in July, versatile BRONZClay™ is now available exclusively from Rio Grande. BRONZClay offers exciting design possibilities to jewelers, artists and sculptors at an affordable price.

BRONZClay consists of 11% tin, 89% copper, water and non-toxic binding materials. It can be pinched, rolled, manipulated and formed like clay; in its dried pre-fired state, it’s still highly flexible and easy to carve, allowing the artist to apply details and finishing touches before firing. When fired in a kiln, the binder vaporizes, leaving a solid, pure bronze object that can be sawn, shaped, drilled, patinaed or soldered using traditional jewelry tools and techniques. And because it’s so affordable, it can be used to create large pieces and specialized tools - it can even be thrown on a potter’s wheel to shape bronze hollowware.

BRONZClay inventor Bill Struve of Metal Clay Adventures set out to develop a medium that would produce strong, durable, wearable pieces, that would be safe to use, and that would require only simple tools, a kiln and the artist’s imagination. Some said he couldn’t do it.

“If you put enough time and knowledge into it,” Struve says, “you can figure it out. When I wasn’t sleeping, I was playing with the clay.” The result is an affordable medium that bears the ancient look and strength of another time. “It’s a gift... just another tool for the artist,” Struve says.

Struve’s product couldn’t have arrived at a better time. Jewelers working with metal clay have felt the metal market’s crunch. “Volatile silver prices have made working in metal clay rather expensive,” says Rio Grande Raw Material Product Manager, Kevin Whitmore. “BRONZclay is a great value, and it allows jewelers to work in a time-honored artistic medium - bronze.”

BRONZClay made its first appearance to the jewelry public at the 2008 PMC Conference. Nearly 400 attendees had the opportunity to be among the first artists to experiment with the product that had ignited such an anticipant frenzy in the metal clay community. “Artists at the conference were very eager to begin working in this new medium,“ said Whitmore. “The early response has been tremendous. We are at the start of something very special!”

BRONZClay is available exclusively from Rio Grande in generous 100- and 200-gram blocks. Rio Grande also carries specialized tools and equipment for working with the clay, including activated carbon, firing pans and kilns.

Rio is proud to offer BRONZClay, and with it, the opportunity for jewelers and artists to expand their options for design. To order products or for more information, interested buyers may visit www.bronzclay.com or www.riogrande.com. They can also call Rio Grande at 800-545-6566. Direct e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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