AZ Findings Jewelry Blog

Basic Skills - Pinch Bail Connector

How to use a Pinch Bail Connector

This video demonstrates basic skills to use a pinch bail connector. A pinch bail connector is a finding that allows you to create pendants with drilled stones.

Materials: Pinch bail connector, gemstone bead

Pinch Bails are great findings that allow you to transf...

Basic Skills - Knotted Headpins

Knotted Head Pin

Making your own headpins is an essential skill in jewelry making, this tutorial will demonstrate how to make a headpin with a lovely knotted end and how to wire wrap a bead onto that pin.

Headpins are a component used in jewelry making most often when using beads and making earrin...

Basic Skills Tutorial- Gemstone Bead Bar

Wire wrapped gemstone bar

Material: beads, 2 inches 26 gauge wire, chain

Tools: round nose pliers, bent chain nose pliers, chain nose pliers, measuring tool

The gemstone bar is a trending style that is versatile and just a slight adaptation from basic wire wrapping. You can use any type of fully ...

Basic Skills - Jumprings

Open/Close Jumprings

Material: jump rings, assorted

Tools: bent chain nose pliers

Jump rings are an essential component in jewelry making. Found in many gauges, sizes, shapes and materials to be compatible with your jewelry making project. Typically jump rings are used for basic purposes such as ...

Basic Skills -Simple Wire Loop

Simple Loop

Material: Bead, 26 gauge wire- half hard

Tools: Chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, cutters

Wire wrapping beads and pearls is a technique every jewelry maker should now. The ability to wire wrap a bead infuses your skillset in such a versatile way. Simply learning a basic wire wrap ...

Bezel Gemstone Information

Our line of Bezel Gemstones is a collection of beautiful faceted stones within a silver or gold bezel frame.

Gemstones, even the most common of stones are recreated by man using a variety of methods. In this case, the Quartz gemstones available are created using the hydrothermal method. This means “created in water”, and natural quartz is formed in a hot nutrient rich area in which the water slowly cools. When the water begins to crystallize, quartz is formed.

Humans will use this method planting a “seed” or fragments of natural quartz that the crystallization will then grow upon. These stones are known as synthetic quartz (hydrothermal), which contain the same physical, chemical and optical properties of a natural stone.

Natural gemstones can take thousands of years to create; this process allows humans to increase the speed of the process to upkeep with the high demands of gemstones.

The other alternative of “stone” is an imitation or simulated stone which are “gemstones” that try to look real but are actually made of glass, plastic or a different material. Here at AZ Findings we do not carry any simulated stones made.

The variety of gemstones available in our collection is primarily hydrothermal quartz. Chalcedony, which in nature are extremely similar to quartz, seen as a type of quartz with slightly different chemical properties that result in a waxy finish are created using the hydrothermal method. Furthermore, the onyx is also a type chalcedony with a solid color receiving its name from being composed if the oxide mineral chalcedony.

The moonstone, labradorite and rutilated quartz stones in our collection are natural gemstones.

The dyed gemstones (dyed ruby, dyed emerald and dyed sapphire) are created using a  natural ropada stone dyed.

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