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The Observer

The Observer is a list of articles and videos that we've come across over the years that we wanted to share either because they have good information or they are just entertaining. As we find new content we'll share it here.

Jewel School

Jewel School is a YouTube channel that has all sort of great information on everything from wire wrapping and bead stringing to information on jewelry supplies and tools. These fast paced videos have quality content and are fun to watch as well.


Interweave is an online magazine containing great DIY tutorials for a wide variety of jewelry making topics. They also have great articles pertaining to everything from gemstone beads to crochet and metalsmithing. A great place to search around if you're looking for some new ideas! is a great resource for credible information on rocks, minerals, and anything else related to the science of geology. When discussing gemstones they provide well rounded facts about a stones physical properties, history, commercial uses, common alterations and treatments, as well as any other relevant notables. is a great resource for scientific information about minerals. Below are a couple of links to educate about mineral structure, some of which can be useful in understanding when choosing gemstone beads for jewelry making.