I love magazines. I particularly love looking at (and reading about) beautiful jewelry in magazines. I spent a good chunk of my career editing magazines and writing about jewelry for magazines, and I still love doing it. Yes, I’m all about the internet these days. But, really, is there anything that compares to turning the pages of a magazine and looking at a luscious fashion or accessory spread? Can you take your laptop to the beach or into the tub for a read? Why, no. Sorry, a slide show on the iPad just doesn’t cut it sometimes.
Here, then, are some of my favorite magazines for jewelry addicts, organized by category and region (starting with North American studio jewelry and hobbyist mags, moving through Europe, ending with Asian trades), all of which you can order at a pretty sweet price via Amazon. If you do it via links here, I get a small commission, which is also nice!
MAGAZINES FOR AND ABOUT JEWELRY MAKERS
Metalsmith. This is a beautiful magazine devoted to the finest handcrafted art jewelry. Published by the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), Metalsmith presents the most serious, scholarly take on studio jewelry stateside, treating it as an extension of the fine arts, complete with reviews of exhibitions. But even if you only look at the pictures, you’ll come away with a good idea of what studio jewelry is aspiring to these days.
Metalsmith – 5 issues / 12 months
American Craft. Jewelry is just one of the studio arts this magazine covers, but if you appreciate fine, handcrafted wearable art, you’ll appreciate the innovative, beautifully-made furniture, art glass, metalwork, and ceramics you’ll find here as well. Published by the American Craft Council, American Craft is full of compelling, well-written stories and lots of eye candy.
American Craft – 6 issues / 12 months
Gems & Gemology. GIA’s quarterly magazine is aimed at those who are serious about gemstones. You’ll get the latest, peer-reviewed research on diamonds and colored stones—where they’re found, characteristics, simulants and synthetics, treatments, and identification techniques – in beautifully-illustrated articles by the world’s leading gemologists.
Gems & Gemology – 4 issues / 12 months
Rock & Gem. A classic! If you work with gem materials or (like me) are simply fascinated by colored stones, you must peruse this magazine on a regular basis. You’ll come away with a new appreciation and understanding of the complexities behind your favorite gems and minerals, and discover many you didn’t know existed. Rock & Gem is the bible for rockhounds.
Rock & Gem – 12 issues / 12 months
Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. Some once called this the bible for rockhounds. I’ve been writing for LJ for two decades. In those years, it’s evolved from a glossy monthly that glorified the gem arts to something aimed squarely at jewelry hobbyists. My contributions have evolved too. I now write a column on selling and marketing handmade jewelry online, but still do the occasional feature on jewelry exhibitions and studio jewelry trends. This one’s close to my heart!
Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist – 9 issues / 12 months
Art Jewelry. This magazine is helmed by a wonderful editor with whom I once worked at Lapidary Journal (jewelry hobbyist publishing is a small world). It’s another handy resource for jewelry artists, designers and metalsmiths. If you’re building mad skills in jewelry-making, you should give both a shot. Like LJJA, Art Jewelry it’s chock-full of projects and tips from master jewelers.
Art Jewelry – 6 issues / 12 months
Bead & Button. If you love beading, particularly with seed beads, this magazine will supply you with quality projects and lots of inspiring profiles of creative bead artists. Bead & Button is particularly good if you want to perfect your peyote stitching and bead embroidery techniques, and like to have a lot of different pieces to work on every couple months.
Bead & Button – 6 issues / 12 months
Beadwork. This one, too, focuses on the tricky and meditative art of seed beading, not just stringing. Features informative FAQ sections, lots of projects with detailed diagrams and personal insights from bead artists. If you like to work small and use beads like paint or a sort of textured embroidery, this one will give you plenty to work with.
Beadwork – 6 issues / 12 months
Bead Style. Peyote stitching not your flavor? If you’re more interested in the beads themselves – creative stringing with a little wire wrapping – this magazine may work better. Stitching techniques are touched on here but not the primary focus. You’ll find artist profiles, color and style trends, plenty o’ beading resources, and projects galore – including subscriber-only access to online projects.
Bead Style – 6 issues / 12 months
Step by Step Wire Jewelry. This began as a spin-off of the monthly jewelry projects in Lapidary Journal’s Step by Step department. LJ was one of the first to invite studio jewelers to share their trade secrets. As you can imagine, this proved quite popular, particularly the wire projects. Oh, the things you can do with a length of wire, the right pliers, and some expert guidance.
Step By Step Wire Jewelry – 6 issues / 12 months
INTERNATIONAL JEWELRY MAGAZINES
Several European magazines have made fashion and jewelry print coverage into an art form in itself. Seriously, they set the standard here and you know what I mean if you’ve flipped through a few of them at international trade shows or, sometimes, a well-stocked Barnes & Noble. Not all are translated into English but several are available through Amazon for shipment in the U.S., sometimes at surprisingly affordable rates. Others are not so affordable but might be worth a splurge for true aficionados or folks in the biz who can write it off.
DREAMS. This French quarterly magazine from Montaigne Publications is edited by Olivia Roland and covers luxury jewelry and watches. Presentation is of the high-end fashion magazine variety. You’ll find big-name designers and gorgeous photography in its pages, along with a savvy take on international jewelry trends and markets, and updates on new design talent worldwide, but especially in Europe. Très belle!
Dreams Magazine – 4 issues / 12 months
Vogue Gioiello. Jewelry and fashion, Italian Vogue-style: This version of the classic fashion magazine is devoted, as its name implies, entirely to jewelry and ornament – including watches and goldsmithing. If you want or need to be on the cutting edge of international design trends, it’s very satisfying to find this magazine in your mailbox every three months, and even more satisfying to open it up – even though it’s printed in Italian.
Vogue Gioiello – 4 issues / 12 months
GZ: Goldschmiede Zeitung. As a studio jewelry fan, I’m particularly keen on German-made jewelry. The apprenticeship program there has set the world standard for “master goldsmith.” Even the clasps and backs of the best German studio jewelry are a thing of beauty and an engineering feat. Idar-Oberstein has likewise set the standard for gem-carving. For these reasons, plus the fact that it’s beautifully-produced and photographed, GZ is truly “das magazin für schmuck,” a standard for any studio jeweler who aspires to greatness.
Gz: Goldschmiede Zeitung European Jeweler – 12 issues / 12 months
CIJ Trends & Colours. Published by Geneva-based CIJ International in winter and summer editions, Trends & Colours tracks global jewelry trends and fashion influences. Circulated in 100+ countries, the magazine covers all major international trade shows, analyzes color forecasts, tracks upscale influences in cities from London and New York to Tokyo, Rio and Dubai. Trends & Colours was revamped in 2010, in print and online, adding a flip-book for the iPad.
CIJ Trends & Colours – 2 issues / 12 months
Europa Star. For luxury watch aficionados, this one needs no introduction. Europa Star has been around for 85 years, long the premiere source of international watch industry news, information on production, distribution, marketing, and the latest products and collections. Online and print publications are followed closely by the watch trade and knowledgeable collectors. Available in several languages, this is the English-language European edition.
Europa Star Watch Magazine European Edition – 6 issues / 12 months
Four Seasons of Jewellery. This bimonthly magazine covers the jewelry industry in Japan, including gems and accessories, Asian trade show coverage, new products and design trends. Four Seasons was established in 1966, making it the longest-standing jewelry trade magazine in Japan. If you need to keep abreast of the industry in this particular part of the world, you can now have it delivered to your door via Amazon within the U.S., although it doesn’t come cheap.
Four Seasons of Jewelry – 6 issues / 12 months
Hong Kong Jewellery Magazine. Hong Kong Jewellery is the first bilingual (Chinese and English) jewelry trade magazine published in Hong Kong. It covers news and trends on jewelry and watches, and reviews jewelry shows worldwide, with particular focus on the Hong Kong market. You can pick up a copy at tradeshows worldwide from Basel to JCK, but here’s your chance to have it delivered quarterly within the U.S.
Hong Kong Jewellery – 4 issues / 12 months
Journal of Gem & Jewellery Industry. Published since 1963 by the Gem & Jewellery Information Centre of India, this bimonthly magazine covers news (in English and Hindi) about the jewelry industry in India, including market trends, imports and exports, taxation, policies, technological advances, trade fairs, and exhibitions.
Journal of Gem and Jewellery Industry
6 issues / 12 months