Gem & Jewelry Articles from JOGS Page 2

Jewelry Tools opens up a whole new world of options for Hobbyists and DIYers September 27th, 2016

As I sat down with Emily Miller and Kate Richbourg from Jewelry tools, the sounds of the nearby jewelry making classes were rich with hammering and instructions. The classes available at the JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry show ranged from beginners classes to experienced metalsmithing seminars, each class taught by instructors flown in from around… Read More

Vintage Native American Squash Blossom Necklaces from Indian Touch of Gallup September 27th, 2016

When it comes to Southwestern wear, Indian Touch of Gallup is the real deal. Omar Ayesh, representing the third generation of his family-run business, told me about how his grandfather got started in the jewelry business over 45 years ago. “He was a trader in Gallup, New Mexico, that was driving from Denver, Colorado. He… Read More

The Evolution of Jewelry from Jason McLeod September 27th, 2016

Jason McLeod’s works are one of a kind, each one a slight variation of the previous work. “All of the patterns are done by hand, by me, and no two are identical,” Jason tells me at the JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry Show.   At his booth at the show, each of his 14k gold,… Read More

Jewellenium, The Millennium of Jewelry September 23rd, 2016

Micropave. Peekaboo earrings. Cubic Zirconia from Switzerland and .925 silver with 24kt gold plating. These were the types of trends I found at Jewellenium’s booth at the JOGS Gem and Jewelry show. Jewellenium’s name is more than just a portmanteau of “Jewelry” and “Millenium” – it also stands for the future-facing goals of the company…. Read More

Mermaids, Octopuses, Toucans and Frogs in Silver, Turquoise and Malachite from Majul Jewelry September 22nd, 2016

Jose Majul says inspiration comes from nature. “In my home town where 90% of the people work on silver, there are small people who are big designers and big artists. You always find something new.” Majul Jewelry’s newest designs set in silver show fantastical creatures from the sea, from starfish to shrimps to mermaids. Every… Read More

Lightning Ridge Australian Black Opals from Tikka Opals September 21st, 2016

Matti Tikka got into the Opal business by finding an opal worth $2,800 in Australia with nothing more than a screwdriver. “Forty-two years ago I was holidaying in Lightning Ridge. And we spent three weeks with my wife on the field. Before I left I told a Miner named Andy – “I would like to… Read More

Burmese Jade from Chinese American Arts & Crafts September 20th, 2016

Their story was simple – their family had once owned a manufacturing factory in China, but once they moved to the United States they had to begin anew. Siu Ming Cheung represented Chinese American Arts & Crafts at the JOGS Gem & Jewelry show, and told me a about his family’s history in the industry…. Read More

The Turquoise Engagement Ring that has Stood the Test of Time, from Bella Fine Jewelry September 20th, 2016

Frank Amini didn’t start in the jewelry business. “Over 25 years ago I was selling gemstones to manufacturers and retail stores that produced jewelry that I admired. At the same time I thought I could make better, more interesting designs.” 5 years later, he put his ideas into production, designing primarily fine jewelry designed and… Read More

Southwestern Inspiration in Opal and Tiger’s Eye by Absolute Jewelry September 19th, 2016

Ed Lohman from Absolute Jewelry creates labor intensive inlay work with various semi-precious stones from around the world. His unique and artistic pieces on display at the JOGS show each have a story of their own, and no two pieces are alike. Some of his signature pieces include miniature works of art inspired by the… Read More

Brilliant Designs with an Inner Fire in Sapphire and Tourmaline September 16th, 2016

When passing by the Brilliant Designs booth at the JOGS Tucson Gem & Jewelry show, it’s impossible not to stop. Every piece is carefully tucked away behind glass, but Abdul Gardeezi and his wife will proudly pull out any of their ‘brilliant’ pieces for a closer look. Brilliant Designs has been operating in Tucson for… Read More