Metalsmiths and jewelers love working with base metals because of their malleability, which means they can be pressed, hammered, or fused without breaking or cracking. We carry a bevy of base metals to get you started: Sterling & Argentium Silver by Harmony®, Silver & Gold filled wire, Solders, Speedwire Laser Wire, Base Alloys, and Art Clay Silver.
Art Clay Silver is composed of 1-20 micron-sized particles of pure silver, an organic binder, and water. This combination of materials makes clay, which can be easily molded using techniques similar to ceramic hand building processes. Once the clay is completely dry it can be filed, carved, and sanded. Finally, it needs to be fired using a butane torch or kiln.
Keum-Boo is an ancient Korean gilding technique used to apply thin sheets of gold or silver to metal. Charles Lewton-Brain has a fantastic article on Ganoskin.com if you wish to learn more about the history and techniques of Keum-Boo.
Let us help you find the perfect wire to compliment your jewelry piece. OttoFrei.com carries sterling silver & gold filled wire in many styles: Renaissance wire, Florentine wire, Flower wire, Floral wire, Greek patterned wire, Fleur De Lis wire, and many more!
Shop Jewelry Findings - OttoFrei.com carries thousands of jewelry findings. We sell Coin Mounts, Ear Wires, Clasps, Earring Posts & Nuts, Prong Settings, Jump & Split Rings, Pendant Mountings, Chains, and so much more! Browse our categories on the right to find exactly what your heart desires!
Tools & Equipment - OttoFrei.com is your source for the highest quality jewelry tools. Our exclusive John Frei workbench has been the benchmark for Jewelers' workstations for over 40 years. Explore the wide selection of Tools on your right.
Are you finally ready to trade in the kitchen table for a real workbench? Let us help you select the perfect single or double bank bench and illuminate your work with the perfect lamp. Then, when you're ready for the crown jewel of any bench, a microscope, we're here for you with top of the line microscopes that enable you to make those beautiful hand touches on your jewelry.
Whether you're new to casting or a veteran, we have the equipment and supplies you need. We carry the top brands in the industry: Kerr, Castaldo, and Kate Wolfe. To help you get started we've molded some fantastic kits!
It's time to put the finishing touches on your piece. With a huge selection of abrasives, brushes, buffs, electroplating, mass finishing, polishing, and surface treatments you'll find exactly what you need to make your piece sparkle.
You have the idea for the perfect design, so now is the time to form it! We carry rolling mills by Durston, handcrafted hammers and stakes by Bill Fretz, dapping tools, jump ring makers and sizers by Pepe, mandrels, shears, casting and stamping tools by Nechamkin, anvils and bench blocks, bezel blocks, and hydraulic jewelry presses.
Elevate the jeweler’s instrument of creation, your hands. You'll find everything you need to make your hands steady as a laser. Flexshafts by Foredom, pliers by Lindstrom, saw blades & frames by Knew Concepts, files, burs, magnifiers, ring cutters, stone settings tools, gauges, tweezers, and vises.
There is a very good reason GRS is synonymous with engraving, they have proven decade after decade that they make the highest quality engraving tools. However, we couldn't just stop there. After searching the globe we found Jura, who decided to craft his own engraving tools and has quickly become world renowned for his tools and creations!
Occasionally we all get customers who'd like to sell us a piece of jewelry they no longer need. When that time comes it's important to have the right tools to grade, weight, and test the product. Pick up the testing equipment you need today to make sure you're ready for the customer tomorrow.
We carry books and DVDs to help jewelers learn and hone their skills. Did you just buy your first bench? Check out The Jewelers Bench Reference. Want to learn more diamond setting technique? The GRS Diamond Setting Bead & Bright Cut DVD can help with that.
Help yourself get started making jewelry by picking up one of our signature kits. We have kits for all skill levels in Jewelry Making, Metalsmithing, Electroplating, Casting, Stamping, and Stone Setting.
We have you covered to get started with selling & maintaining watches. Watch bracelet sizing tools, spring bar & clip tools, link pins & mesh watch, watch battery servicing, and screwdriver sets & blades. If there is a watch tool you can't find here, then visit our sister site: OFrei.com.
Revere Academy is the premier jewelry school in San Francisco, California. The founder, Alan Revere, offers over a dozen courses on jewelry making. We make it easy for students to pick up the necessary tools for required courses. If you're not a student YET, get a preview of what's required.
Gemstones are faceted to maximize the amount of light bouncing around in the stone and back out to the viewer. Faceting maximizes the brilliance, fire, and life of the stone. Unlike cabochons, where inclusions can add character, inclusions in a faceted gem interrupt the light and decrease the fire of the stone.
Birthstones are gemstones that signify a birth month. Every stone carries a unique meaning and historical significance. The history of birthstones can be traced back to the 18th century. Since then every culture has their own interpretation. We organize our birthstones by the American Gem Society endorsed list.
A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers.
OttoFrei.com Closeouts are either old or new items that have never been sold and we simply decided to closeout, often just to make room in our warehouse. Each stone has been inspected by us; unfortunately we do not offer any certificates at this time. Closeout stones include our no questions asked 30-Day Return Policy.
Cubic Zirconia is hard, optically flawless and usually colorless, but may be made in a variety of different colors. Because of its low cost, durability, and close visual likeness to diamond, synthetic cubic zirconia has remained the most gemologically and economically important competitor for diamonds since commercial production began in 1976.