Everybody meet Michelle Shearer!
I had the pleasure of meeting this lovely young woman at the West Coast Gem and Mineral Show. I immediately noticed her lovely wire wrapped necklace. She said she did it herself and that it didn't take her too long to do it. This was some of the most intricate and delicate wire wrapping I had ever seen. I asked her if I could put her on my blog-and more importantly, does she do custom work-and she said yes!
So if you see a cabochon on my site that you love, but you don't make jewelry and don't know what to do with it, here is your chance to have a unique piece of jewelry custom made just for you.
Contact Michelle Shearer at 760-805-2184 or email@example.com
"The only constant in life is change"Okay, so it has been over 20 years since we moved from the Merchandise Mart to the (then) Holiday Inn at I25 and I70. Which later became the Ramada Inn (and as I understand it, is now the Radisson, but I digress...) Once again our Denver Gem and Mineral [...]
I just love to show off my customers work! Recently a very lovely customer of ours, Pat Carpenter, came by to pick out some semi-precious stone cabochons and she brought some of her beaded work to show us. Now I have had other customers tell me about bead work and I have seen some exquisite examples-but I freely [...]
We are excited to be bringing you our line of small polished semi-precious gemstone slabs that are perfect for creative jewelers, especially wire wrappers and electroformers. These pieces are called organic shaped cabochons by our customers, in reference to their more natural shapes. They are slabbed and polished on one side, but left natural rough around the edges. So you [...]
Barlows Gems will be exhibiting at the Denver Gem and Mineral Show. We have done this show for more than 30 years. We started on the retail floor at the main show in the Denver Coliseum. Though we loved the kids’ day, it was a real conflict for us, since most of our business is wholesale and it was hard [...]
Looking for a place to learn more about your hobby or trade? There are actually quite a few magazines available for the jeweler, wirewrapper, beader, rock collector, lapidary and hobby enthusiasts! Here is a list of a few you might find interesting with their descriptions of themselves:The Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist is a magazine dedicated to lapidary [...]
A bolo tie is an unusual piece of jewelry that is associated more with western wear and is therefore more known in the western United States. The bola tie is a piece of jewelry worn around the neck and under the collar. It usually consist of a larger semi-precious stone, or other object set, in a simple setting with [...]
Soldering is the process melting a metal onto other melt components to bind them.Solder is the material used.It has a low melting point and is soft and flexible.For beginners one of the most intimidating processes of making jewelry is learning to solder.How scary is it firing up an acetylene/O2 torch and aim that flame at a piece you’ve been working [...]
Jewelry is derived from the Latin word jocale, which means plaything”. That word evolved into the Old French word joeul, and eventually it evolved into jewel. The term Jewelry is a broad spectrum word to describe small decorative objects worn for personal adornment. This includes, but may not be limited to: necklaces, bracelets, rings, anklets, tiaras, brooches, [...]
I consider myself pretty savvy with the technical stuff and the computer. After all, I run two online businesses. I love my iPad, and my iPhone. However, I must admit I do not use that many apps. There are the usual ones: Yelp, Google Maps, Notes, Reminders (which I couldn’t function without!), Overdrive for my reading addiction, [...]