Check it out! Fire Mountain Ge…

March 10, 2010

Check it out! Fire Mountain Gems just published my interview!…

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Did anyone else spot some grea…

March 9, 2010

Did anyone else spot some great jewelry at the Oscars? I liked Kathy Bates’ ensemble of rough diamonds. Angelina…

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Do you ever put something down…

March 8, 2010

Do you ever put something down and completely forget where it is within 5 seconds? This week’s blog is about…

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Through the month of March, ch…

March 1, 2010

Through the month of March, check out the blog to see the LD studio tour! The first part takes you to the jeweler’s…

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Studio Tour: Part 1 – The Workbench

March 1, 2010

Welcome to the Layne Designs virtual studio tour. Each week for the next several weeks, I will be photographing different areas of my studio and sharing what is done there, and how. I am also including tips for setting up your own workspace for jewelry students and hobbyists. There may be a golden idea for […]

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Metal sings…it is alive and …

February 19, 2010

Metal sings…it is alive and vital. Stones are relics…still, quiet, sleeping

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February 18, 2010

One of the biggest problems facing bench jewelers and many folks who work with their hands is hand fatigue. RSS or repetitive stress syndrome is a more serious problem that happens as a result of regular constant work that puts stresses one particular part of the body. At my workbench I am constantly inventing tools […]

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I posted 2 photos on Facebook …

February 17, 2010

I posted 2 photos on Facebook in the album “winter 2010”

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Healing Gem Stones and Chakras

February 11, 2010

There are many mystical and diverse beliefs in cultures all over the world about gemstones. While some of these beliefs may be simple myths, it sure does awaken the fantastic whimsy in all of us to think that a stone holds special power. While some of the folklore is complex and difficult to remember, the […]

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Natural surface gems

February 8, 2010

Possibly the best part of my job is shopping for gemstones. Who wouldn’t love shuffling through piles of beautiful sparkling gems looking for the ones that speak to you as a designer? Then the anticipation as the gems are filed and stored and waiting to sit down with you and your sketchbook to be dreamt […]

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