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Birthstones and Their Meanings

Birthstones

birthstones

January:  Garnet

The garnet is the first birthstone of the year, a vivid red semi-precious stone linked to people born in January.  The word garnet is derived from the Latin word for seed, “granatum”, because the gemstone is reminiscent of a red pomegranate seed. ...

How to test silver jewelry findings

There are a lot of articles talking about how to test silver. Many techniques are only suitable for silver bars and silver coins. Testing silver jewelry or findings is unique. It is worth another article to cover this specific topic and share our years of experiences in trading and testing silver...

International Gem & Jewelry Show

 Announcement 

AZ Findings is excited to announce it will be at the International Gem & Jewelry Show the weekend of May 18th-20th in Chantilly, Virginia. The International Gem & Jewelry Show is one of the largest and the longest running jewelry shows in America, so it is a great opportunity for our...

Sliding Beads

Sliding Beads

 

Sliding beads are the perfect finding for jewelry makers who want their pieces to be customizable and unique. This is due to the sliding beads inner silicone layer that has the ability to grip and clutch chain but allows for the bead to be repositioned easily.  The silicone provide...

Magnetic Clasps for Jewelry Making

Magnetic Clasps

Clasps are an essential part of most jewelry making, not only for their design but more importantly for their functionality.  Some clasps are better suited than others for certain designs and use.  A popular clasp is the spring ring clasp because it blends easily in with most des...

Basic Skills- Connector Charms

Basic Skills - Connector Charms

 

Connector charms and links are ver popular, versatile findings in jewelry making. They can be found in all sorts of shapes, sizes, embellishments and stone bezels. They are also very simple and easy to use so knowing these basic skills can enhance your ability to ...

Basic Skills: Beading Chain

How to use a Beading Chain

Materials: 1mm tiny curb chain (101001), tube ends ( 213001), clasp, beads

Tools: Bent chain nose pliers, chain cutters

Using a beading chain is at the very base of basic skills in jewelry making and beading. When doing projects and creating designs that use beading c...

Basic Skills - Extender Chains

Adding an extender Chain

Material: 101014 2 inch extender ( 3x4 mm strong cable chain), 20 gauge 4mm jumpring, chain for anklet (101003), lobster clasp

Tools: Chain nose pliers, bent chain nose pliers

Adding an extender chain to a finished bracelet or necklace can make a big difference in the fin...

Basic Skills - Headpins

Headpins

Headpins are a component used in jewelry making most often when using beads to making earrings, adding wrapped beads to finished chains and making pendants. Headpins are found in different finished, lengths and gauges to suit your jewelry making needs. Headpins also come with a variety of ...

Basic Skills -Tassel Pendants

How to make a Tassel Pendant

Materials: 26 gauge half hard round wire (207002), 2mm tiny cable chain (101020), bead cap ( 210005), bead (211015-4), 2 pearls, closed bail (219010)

All metal materials are made of 925 sterling silver

Tools: Bent chain nose pliers- 2 pairs, wire cutters, round nose p...