The Metal Element in Feng Shui

Today we’re fortunate enough to have Marie Vickers, a very talented Feng Shui Consultant, share a bit about the importance of metal in her art. Metal is a vital part of bringing balance into our lives. Marie does a much better job of explaining this so I’ll let her do just that. Marie combines Feng Shui with

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What is fine silver?

As you’ve looked through my site, you’ve seen a portion of my work is created in fine silver. Since silver jewelry is often sold as sterling silver I thought it would be helpful to explain the difference between the two so you’ll have a better understanding of what you’re purchasing. When you buy silver jewelry

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Anatomy of a Lost Wax Casting (Part Two)

Hopefully you had a chance to read my previous post about carving a wax model of a ring. In this post, I’ll move forward into spruing the model and casting it in silver. Once the model has been completed, I attach the ring to a base mold by using a sprue of wax. The details of

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Anatomy of a Lost Wax Casting (Part One)

As you’ve looked at my jewelry you’ve seen the term lost wax casting used often. This is an ancient technique that has become an integral part of modern day metalsmithing. It’s a wonderful technique for jewelers because it allows us to create very intricate details that would not be possible through fabrication. It’s because of

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Which of these is calling your name?

  Which piece are you drawn to? Pay attention to your instincts and go with the piece that you feel most strongly drawn to.  Now look below to find out what your piece stands for. The numbers start from the top of the photo at the 12 o’clock position and go clockwise from there. ONE

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What is numerology jewelry?

In case numerology is a new concept to you, let’s start with Pythagoras, the father of Mathematics. He believed that numbers are more than just a value. They hold clues into life, our souls, and the cycles and patterns that flow throughout our lives. There are many important numbers for each of us and they are

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What’s your bracelet size?

Do you know your bracelet size? Many of us have an idea of our ring size, but it’s less common to know our bangle size. If you’ve ordered a bracelet from Julia Parker Designs, you know I send out instructions on how to get your bracelet size. However, I know many people are more visual

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How to get here…

I’ve had a few of you ask how I ended up metalsmithing and getting where I am today so I’ll briefly share about the winding journey. If you’ve read my About page, I mentioned I have lots of design experience. I’ve always loved fiber arts, I majored in Landscape Design in college, I was a

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