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Custom Design Drawing and Jewelry

Custom Design Library

Note: For a full list of available articles on custom design (including those available in PDF format only), go to the MJSA Bookstore.


MJSA Custom Jeweler Digital Editions
Read entire back issues of MJSA Custom Jeweler, the only publication devoted solely to the business of designing and selling custom-made jewelry. Many issues include "online extras" not available in the print editions.

At What Price?  Breaking down a custom piece, fee by fee

Custom Whisperers
Communication is the key to customer satisfaction. By Shawna Kulpa

Discovering a Client’s Style
A systematic approach to discovering a client’s style. By Rich Youmans

Don’t Be a Yes-Man
Learning when (and how) to say no to custom design projects. By Irina Missiuro

A GemFest for All
Encouraging sales of loose gems can lead to custom commission. By Peggy Jo Donahue

A Royal Suite for Mardi Gras
Jewelry custom made for a king-and his entire court: A case study with Pav & Broome Diamond Jewelers, Gulfport, Mississippi. By Peggy Jo Donahue

Something Old, Something New... Greg Stopka focuses on transforming heirlooms into opportunities. By Shawna Kulpa

Stage Craft
Tips for creating a custom design area that inspires customers. By Peggy Jo Donahue

With a Twist
How Joel McFadden created a helix ring that, as he described it, was "nearly impossible" to make. By Deborah A. Yonick


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