Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

Best 10 of the Decade

If you ask me to name the best tools of the decade, you’ll get an off-beat list. Can’t help it. But most of the tools listed here have been indispensable to me in one form or another. It would be impossible for me to make jewelry without them.

So here goes, starting with the unexpected and working my way toward more traditional tools. Luckily, not all of them cost a fortune.

1 Smartphone

PRICE: $50 TO $70 A MONTH

AVAILABLE AT: ELECTRONICS OR MOBILE PHONE STORES AND ONLINE

Thanks to technological advances in the last 10 years, you can now run an artistic jewelry business from the palm of your hand. This is a must-have tool.

The smartphone is an electronic Swiss Army knife for jewelry makers, allowing you to magnify gemstones, take photos of your work, accept credit cards from clients, secure your

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