Your Jewelry Stories

Tell us your jewelry stories. We love to hear all your stories and experiences related to your jewelry and/or jewelry making endeavors.

Polishing Stones and Setting Them

by Scott W Kelley. (United States, Petoskey, Michigan) Hi, my name is Scott Kelley and I love reading all the unique ways to make the bling. I am a rock hound and have fallen in love with polishing all types of stones. From cabbing them to cutting into a gemstone I love working with gemstones. […]

Diane’s Ladybug Necklace

by Bev Carlson. (United States) While making one of a kind pieces is the most fun, I’ve had good luck with fundraiser projects too. My friend (both of us breast cancer survivors) runs the Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber Cancer Research. My friend is running again (her 11th) for a another friend of ours who has […]

A Great Find During My Vacation in Peru

by Barbara Jacquin. (South of France) I knew there were beautiful opals in Peru and I set out to find some while on a vacation trip there. Surprise! Not many opals to be had by tourists. However, I did happen onto a market seller with a few pieces and I immediately fell in love with […]

Wire Wrapped Agate Pendant Necklaces

by Christina Little. (Guerneville, CA) This is my first post. I came across Rena’s site in search of creative tips and ideas. 2017 is my first attempt at wire wrapping. I’ve quickly become addicted to this technique. I LOVE Agate Pendant Beads. There are so many beautiful colors. I’m not exactly sure what style I […]

Moonstone Ring Story

by Ivana. (Croatia, Europe) This “bigger” piece of moonstone was waiting his place on a piece of jewelry. I bought it two years ago and had no idea where to set him, what piece of jewelry to make. Recently I was making earrings with half moon shape and an idea for this beautiful piece of […]

New Normal – in Life and Jewelry

by Sarah R. (Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada) I’m happy to share that after a crazy difficult year we were able to move into our rebuilt home a few days before Christmas! When I first shared our story about the May 2016 Alberta wildfire claiming our home along with 2,400 other homes in our town, you […]

My First 3D Printed Ring

by Duane W Aldrich. (United States) Here’s my first attempt at designing a ring using 3D CAD software. I had a customer ask me to set a Herkimer Diamond she mined along with some Blue & White Sapphires. After trying to make the setting several ways at the bench, I moved on to the software. […]

First Steps of Jewelry Making

by Steve Hand. (Wales) I am a beginner in the craft of making jewelry, as of September 2016, and already I am smitten. The pieces I have on show are mixed metal, copper, brass and 925. The techniques used are hammered, stamped, reticulated silver and patina. I welcome any feedback, hints, tips, constructive criticism. Many […]

Kintsugi-Inspired Beach Stone Necklace

by Tamara Summers. (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) Some simple beach stones just have grand dreams and intentions of becoming necklace pendants – they really do! I come across them occasionally as I search for treasures on the beach to make jewellery and art with. They’ve taken decades, if not longer, to create a hole within themselves […]

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