Elizabeth & Steve,
Since no one seems to have mentioned us yet, I’m going to toot
my own horn a little, if you’ll allow it. Have you tried AJM
Magazine? As far as I know, it’s the only magazine out there
written for the professional jeweler and jewelry manufacturer.
Lapidary Journal is a very fine publication – I started my
career there as an assistant editor – but they are mostly geared
for the hobbyiest jeweler. If you’re a small shop, you’ll find
good info there, but you may not always find the you
need as a professional.
AJM is written for the person who is in the business of making
jewelry and selling it. That means one-of-a-kind, custom design
and retail bench jewelers as well as mass production. It’s
produced by Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, but
you don’t have to be a member to receive the magazine.
Subscriptions only are $42 per year.
You may have tried us five or six years ago, and been put off
by the magazine’s then-emphasis on mass-production methods. But
times have changed, and so has our readership.Today, more and
more of AJM’s readers are small-shop designers and bench
jewelers. We’re trying hard to publish more articles that meet
their needs. If you haven’t taken a look lately, may I humbly
suggest you drop the kind folks at AJM a note and ask for a
sample copy? Their e-mail address is AJMMagazine@compuserve.com.
You can also surf over to http://mjsa.polygon.net/ajm to check
out the magazine’s Web site. Feature articles aren’t full text,
but you can read some of the columns, check out the Technology
Sourcebook, and even subscribe on-line, if you wish. You can also
e-mail them from the Web site.
If anyone has read AJM lately, and has any comments about the
magazine’s contents – good or bad! – I’d love to hear them.
Drop me a line at SuWade@ici.net, and let me know what you like
or don’t like about AJM.
AJM Contributing Editor