February 2010

Jeweler Interview with Peggy Sturman

Detailed, bold and visually compelling, its no surprise that Peggy Sturman from MSturman Jewellery reveals that she is mostly influenced by the colors, shapes and textures she sees in the world around her.  Here she shares more insights into her designs in our Jewelry Report Interview.

Where do you find inspiration?

Inspiration is in everything I see all around me.  I am very impacted by visual events.  I go to Tucson each February to teach and to shop and am always captivated by the forms, light and colors of the mountains and deserts. Ansel Adams called it the practice of “careful seeing” but I am rather profligate in my seeing, rather than careful.

Jewelry Interview with Signature Designs by LaNorma

This week our jewelry interview is with the designer behind the luscious creations of Signature Design by LaNorma.  Featuring huge gemstones, bold color combinations and a wide array of techniques, her collections are varied and fascinating.

How did you first get into jewelry art?  

Designing and creating jewelry started as a creative outlet from my corporate profession of federal contracting.  In my spare time, I would travel to various bead events and take jewelry classes.

Cut Costs in your Jewelry Business

If your business is just surviving rather than thriving, after the particularly harsh economic climes of 2009 then now is an ideal time to look at ways to bolster your profit margins.  Every little helps, and you might be surprised at how much you can save with just a few tricks. 

Check the Deals

Keep an eye out for special offers and discounts available.  DON'T be tricked into buying something that you don't need just because it is cheap, but DO be a savvy shopper when it comes to purchases that you make.  Shop around for different quotes on payment processing, insurance, machinery and any other products or services that you use.  Small percentages can make a big difference, as can payment terms, so break out your calculator and look at the big picture to see how much you could save over the course of a year.