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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) ann...

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry turns 150

Schnack’s Fine Jewelry turns 150

Not many jewelry retailers can say their store ope...

From Vicenza with Love: At Oro International, Italian family values shine

From Vicenza with Love: At Oro International, Italian family values shine

Fifty years ago, Qurino Ruzza, with 20 years as a ...

Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade has been a leading fine jade jewelr...

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimps...

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Jewelers Mutual presents honors at National Sale Conference

Jewelers Mutual presents honors at National Sale Conference

(NEENAH, Wis.) - Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company recognized its top agencies and agents during the annual awards ceremony held at their National Sale...

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

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Ancient trade route shows gold's enduring power

Researchers at the University of Southampton have found a prehistoric gold trade route between Ireland and southwest England. The route gives a glimpse into how ancient cultures regarded gold.

A new study has shed more light on how the value of gold has endured – and changed – since ancient times.

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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

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Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park

MURFREESBORO, Ark. –  An 8.52 carat diamond has been found by a Colorado woman at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro.

Park officials said Friday that the gem found by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, is the fifth largest diamond found since the park was established in 1972....

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From Jewels to Tools: Ivan Levi to speak on enhancing business practices at RJO Show in August

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From Jewels to Tools: Ivan Levi to speak on enhancing business practices at RJO Show in August

(HIGHLAND PARK, Ill.) - The jewelry industry has seen changes in the way business is being done since the advent of the Internet, and especially since the economic downturn began in 2007. Ivan Levi’s quest to find answers to questions about these changes led him to discover how one specific, yet easy...

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Rings of Strength collects over $60,000 for JFC

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Rings of Strength collects over $60,000 for JFC

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers for Children (JFC) held the 3rd Annual Rings of Strength Tour on Thursday, May 28, at Mandalay Bay Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV. More than 125 participants assembled at 5:30 a.m. to either walk or run 5K, or bike one of two courses, a leisurely 15K route or a challenging 50K r...

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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

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Padgett elected President of NC Jewelers Association

The North Carolina Jewelers Association (NCJA) announced that Brad Padgett, an independent jeweler and native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, is the new president of the statewide association. His two-year term of office as the organization’s president began May 16.

Padgett graduated with a B.S.B.A....

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Two Houston jewelers named Distinction Winners in Houston Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence

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Two Houston jewelers named Distinction Winners in Houston Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence

(HOUSTON, Tex.) - Houston Jewelry and Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon were among the businesses recognized at the annual Houston Better Business Bureau Awards of Excellence held in May. Both businesses were named Distinction Winners, a designation awarded to businesses that maintain a superior commitment to...

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In tune with the times? New Unisex Ring Collection keeps the beat

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In tune with the times? New Unisex Ring Collection keeps the beat

Designed by Elaine of Esprit Creations

New to SJTA and the Atlanta Jewelry Show, family business Esprit Creations has been successfully manufacturing and wholesaling fine sterling silver jewelry with genuine gemstones for over 2 decades. Standing apart from the ordinary, their wide selection of exclu...

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

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Mason-Kay Jade to make Atlanta Jewelry Show debut

Mason-Kay Jade has been a leading fine jade jewelry wholesaler/supplier/designer in the United States since 1976. The company specializes in all natural (type “A”) jadeite jade fine jewelry, designed in-house by their exclusive designer Kristina and MK design team. Mason-Kay Jade is excited to intro...

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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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