Please note: This Gift Guide For Jewelers contains some affiliate links, all are products I have personally used, love and wanted to share.
This is my fifth annual holiday gift guide for jewelers, and I really look forward to putting this list together every year! Whether you have a loved one who is a professional jeweler or hobbyist or you are looking for something to splurge on for yourself this list should provide some awesome ideas!
THE PERFECT SOLDER PICK
I was absolutely delighted when GreenLion introduced the SolderWand this year! They come in a variety of bright, easy-to-find on your soldering bench colors and they have a magical vibe to them! I have tried many, many solder picks over the years and this is one of my favs. The solder doesn't stick to it, pick soldering is easy. It's lightweight. I am a fan and at $30 it's a great option as a gift or stocking stuffer.
While you're shopping at GreenLion be sure to check out their new SawBlade Soap as well! $12.
A REMAKE OF A CLASSIC SOLDERING TOOL
Another tool that was introduced this year is the Ti-Quad Soldering Tripod from Lion Punch Forge. This titanium tripod quickly assembles into a stand that allows you to heat from below, solder hollow forms, you can even use it for enameling! The classic tool for heating from below would be a metal tripod with a mesh screen, a large tool which is more of a heat sink. While the Ti-Quad is an investment at $80 you can rest assured the non-corroding, non-rusting titanium will make for a long lasting tool you will get regular use out of for years to come. You are also supporting a small business!
A MEASURING TOOL GUARANTEED TO BE USEFUL
Another popular and incredibly useful tool that was created this year by Lion Punch Forge in collaboration with Marquis Jewelry Academy is the Steel Circle Template. I regularly use this etched steel grid to mark positioning on my pieces for soldering, arranging prongs, spacing engravings, stone settings, lining up bezels, and more with precision. Retails for $70 and will be an amazing addition to your toolbox.
Another line of products that was introduced (to me...) this year are BANANASANDPAPER sanding sticks and sandpaper rolls for the flex shaft. First off, great name 🍌 the sanding stickers are amazing, they come in a wide range of grits from 120-2000. When you exhaust the sandpaper you peel a layer off. Both the sticks and the rolls have patent pending designs making that removal easy so you don't waste any abrasive (where as similar products in the past that has been a challenge.) LOVE THEM. These are available à la carte from Gesswein for you to try out. Each stick is $6.15 and the sandpaper rolls come in a package of ten for $19.75. If I had some of these sticks popping out of my stocking I wouldn't be mad! Be sure to use my affiliate code MSS5 and you'll save 5% in addition to supporting the page!
AN ESSENTIAL TOOL YOU SHOULD INVEST IN
This isn't the first time I've had digital calipers on my holiday gift guide, they are one of those tools that you need eventually as you continue your jewelry making journey. They give you precise measurements, and you want to invest in one that won't get loose, be inaccurate or fall apart on you. I like and promote this brand because I have been using this pair for years and years. They work fantastic. This pair is currently on sale for $114.99 but they typically retail for $165-$200.
A SHIRT TO SPARK CONVERSATIONS
Full disclosure I personally created and sell these shirts over on my jewelry website: corkieboltonjewelry.com My goal was to create a shirt that reminded folks to support their local, artisan jewelers. When worn out and about or when selling your jewelry at a market the shirt also sparks conversations about what you do! Since our community has folks all over the world I have two versions with both 'JEWELERS' and "JEWELLERS'. Available in nine colors. They retail for $28.
FOR THE JEWELER WHO LOVES TO STAY ORGANIZED
The TANG Organizer is a rotating needle file organizer and is just one of Nashef Designs amazing innovations for organizing jewelry tools and bits. This product is made in USA and features the symbols of 12 different needle files and can accommodate 36 files in total. Take good care of your files and quickly grab the one you need. LOVE IT. Retails from Otto Frei for $29 plus you can use code MMSZ to save 5% and support the page!
A GIFT TO GROW YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA
The reality is in order to sell our jewelry and grow our social media followings we have to consistently share content! In 2023 the best performing content on Instagram for jewelers has been process videos, sharing tips 😉 and "b-roll" which is just unpolished video clips of you in your studio. If your goal is to grow you need to share more and the CANVAS Lamp is the perfect tool. As I often say, I have tried ALL.THE.TRIPODS, and this is my favorite. Get a mini, clamp it onto the side of your bench and suddenly you can shoot overheads of your bench pin, soldering bench, and whatever else. REtails for $102 I do recommend getting the MagSafe® mount as well.
THE PERFECT NOTEBOOK DOESN'T EXIS.......
This composition notebook featuring vintage gemstones and minerals is a thoughtful gift for the jeweler in your life who loves gemstones and has to take notes at their next jewelry making class! Retails for $6.95.
AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO JEWELRY MAKING
I know, I'm putting my own book on my gift guide, but can you blame me?!? With over 10,000 copies sold in the first year and over 300 five star reviews if you know someone interested in jewelry making, my book will not disappoint. People who have never made jewelry have been able to create after reading my book and even folks with years of experience have picked up tips and knowledge from it. I have signed copies and the book is sold outside the US as well. Head over to this page for a list of retailers.
THE COOLEST LOOKING SAFETY GLASSES
Friends I am so excited about Stoggles. They are lightweight, shatter-proof, blue-light blocking, fog proof safety glasses that also look super cool and retro. You can even get them with prescriptions or as readers?!? They retail for $33.
SOMETHING FOR THE WALLS OF YOUR JEWELRY STUDIO
My last item on the list in one of my online store's all time best selling prints. Created by Buttery Studio it features a bunch of jewelry making tools and comes in a lightweight frame. The 8' x 10" retails for $30 with other sizes available!