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So Happy to Have Won the 2018 MJSA Online Design Challenge!

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So Happy to Have Won the 2018 MJSA Online Design Challenge!

Last January, I was invited by the editor of MJSA magazine to be one of nine jewelry designers to participate in the MJSA Online Design Challenge.  And last week, I got the most amazing news: I found out I’d won!

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How I Work: Making a Custom Diamond Wedding Ring!

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How I Work: Making a Custom Diamond Wedding Ring!

See the process of making a custom diamond ring, from start to finish.

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How I Work: Making Lotus Fold Opal Earrings for Fire & Forge

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How I Work: Making Lotus Fold Opal Earrings for Fire & Forge

Here’s how I created this dazzling pair of Lotus Fold Earrings for the Fire & Forge opal show curated by A Thousand Facets and Vincent's Fine Jewelry.

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How I Work: The Making of a Torus Bracelet

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How I Work: The Making of a Torus Bracelet

  Torus Tiny Diamond Bracelet I won’t lie: The process of envisioning and creating new designs is my favorite part of my job. I love soaking up inspiration, letting my imagination run wild, and sketching out a unique new design. But I also hand-craft all of my jewelry in my little Minneapolis studio, and take great pleasure in building a beautiful piece from start to finish. Since many of my designs take surprising twists and turns before completion, I thought it would be fun to walk you through the creation of a Karin Jacobson piece, step by step! I picked...

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How I Source Fair Trade Gems (and Why They're Important)

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How I Source Fair Trade Gems (and Why They're Important)

Remember how I broke the “what happens in Vegas …” rule by telling you all about my recent trip to the JCK and AGTA shows? Well, today I’m digging deeper into that well of memories! I mentioned that I hit up AGTA to learn more about Columbia Gem House (CGH) and I want to share my findings since they underscore several of my core values as an artisan. Namely that jewelry should be made from dazzling materials that have been responsibly sourced, and that gorgeous adornments needn’t be created at the expense of human welfare. Columbia Gem House: Fair Trade...

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