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Sizing a Finger Ring Down

How to Size a Ring Down

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Sizing a ring up, in my opinion, is much easier than sizing a ring down. You have ring stretchers that allow you to get the job done quickly, but there are not that many tools available when reducing the size of a ring.

Sizing a Finger Ring Up

How to Size a Ring Up

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Having the skills to size rings can be very handy for your jewelry studio business, especially if you don’t have the right size for a customer in stock. Learn sizing to capture more sales and offer superior service to your clients.

2018 Halstead Design Challenge Results

2018 Halstead Design Challenge Results

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The annual Halstead Design Challenge encourages participants to create a brooch revolving around a theme using the same kit of materials. This year’s competition inspired unique pieces with hidden objects and impressive mechanisms. Click through to the individual entry listings to see videos that unveil the surprise element of each piece.

Bezel Strip Wire

How to Buy Bezel Strip Wire

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If you make custom cabochon settings on a regular basis, it makes sense to buy basic bezel strip by the troy ounce coil so you always have material on hand. But, if you need just a little fancy gallery bezel for a special project or you rarely set custom cab sizes, it makes more sense to just buy what you need for a specific piece. This guide will walk you through the basics of buying bezel wire so you can get exactly what you need.

4 Trendy Earring Ideas

4 Trendy Earring Ideas

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Statement earrings are in! Check out our ideas for the jacket and front & back trends. We show you how to use our new clutches with drop rings along with fashionable post earrings, tassels and more.

Claw Pendant: Highlights & Headaches

Claw Pendant: Highlights & Headaches

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The #1 lesson that I learned with this piece was to be flexible. I spent weeks planning the design, multiple changes were made and just when I thought I had figured it out, I made the piece… here are my headaches and highlights that I encountered with this marvelous, fragile stone.