The GRS office will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th. No orders will be processed or shipped until Tuesday, May 30th.

Love, Life, and Diamonds for 2015

Love, Life, and Diamonds for 2015

Ron Finch has been in the jewelry business for over 40 years. We first featured his work back in 2009, and he continues to create and share beautiful pieces — and is starting to include some basic hand engraving. The piece is a great metaphor for bringing in a new...
Gorgeous Gorget

Gorgeous Gorget

This crescent-shaped piece of jewelry, known as a gorget, has a long history behind its form. Originally, the gorget was a piece of fabric worn around a woman’s neck. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the term was used to describe a piece of armor that...
The Right Kind of Relief

The Right Kind of Relief

Gold is a beautiful metal. With its warm hues and forever-fair complexion, gold is a perfect choice for hand engraving and jewelry. Sam Alfano, a master of design, lettering, and (of course) hand engraving, recently completed this heavy gold ring. This piece features...
Imperfection and Beauty of Chaos

Imperfection and Beauty of Chaos

College students often find that it is a good practice to take notes in class, but when you’re an art student with a pencil in hand, notes often turn to doodles. A wild variety of subject matter begins to fill the margins of the page as one sketch leads into the...
Artistic Transitions

Artistic Transitions

Evgeni Dimov, a Bulgarian master of carving and engraving, shared these photos of his recent work with us. He has always been interested in the arts, committing time to drawing and graphic design. During the early 1990’s, he began to try miniature wood carving...
When You Are No Longer a Student

When You Are No Longer a Student

As artists, do we ever stop learning? Do we ever stop being “the student” and move on to just being a teacher or just an artist? The answer should always be a firm, resounding no — we can always learn something new about our craft. Anneliese Narcisi, who...
Dramatic Dimension

Dramatic Dimension

Hand engraving can add elegance to any piece of jewelry. Scrollwork is inherently beautiful, adding graceful curves and intricate detail to a piece. When an engraver trades fine lines for sculpted scrolls, things take on a more dramatic dimension. This man’s...
Doing Everything You Love

Doing Everything You Love

Faced with a choice between devoting her time to jewelry making or botanical painting and drawing, Pat Robinson Schmidt chose to make jewelry. In the end, the tough choice became unnecessary; she found a way to incorporate botanical art into her work. “With hand...
How Can You Advance in 2015?

How Can You Advance in 2015?

We recently released the 2015 Course Schedule for the GRS Training Center — and several courses have are filled already! With so many new and returning students claiming a seat at this time of the year, are you ready to advance your skills in 2015? Whether you have...
The 2015 Learn Project: A Hand Engraved Magrette Timepiece

The 2015 Learn Project: A Hand Engraved Magrette Timepiece

With the 2015 Course Schedule release just a few days away, it’s time to see the Learn Project for the upcoming year! Previously, the Learn Project has been a plate or simple geometric shape. This year brings about the first completely assembled, finished piece....
Keep Your Graver in the Clouds (and Mountains)

Keep Your Graver in the Clouds (and Mountains)

L Todd Blaksley, a student of the Engraving Arts Program at Emporia State University, is not a newcomer to the field of engraving. Blaksley already has a degree in printmaking. A major area in the art of engraving, printmaking focuses more on the resulting prints as a...
Dia de los Engraving

Dia de los Engraving

If you have somehow missed out on the sugar skull craze from the last year or so, let us introduce you to this trendy take on a Mexican tradition. While most modern graphic representations, like this one here, feature a woman’s face with intricate black lines,...
Where’s Your Flare, Darling?

Where’s Your Flare, Darling?

Beginners often hear a variation of this nugget of advice: flare your cuts a little. Some call it beveling, others call it giving your cuts more character — and when you get to the point of using this advice, what do you do? Well, you take the next step in bringing...
The Portrait in Progress: Hair and Fabric

The Portrait in Progress: Hair and Fabric

Anneliese Narcisi has been advancing her engraving skills with a study in portraiture, with her first realistic engraving shared just a few weeks ago. Before the self portrait, Narcisi had engraved the likeness of animals and worked on stylized portraits, so engraving...
Sneak Peek: The 2015 Learn Project

Sneak Peek: The 2015 Learn Project

It’s already that time of year again! Have you started to think about the classes you’ll take at GRSTC next year? Maybe you’ve begun to dream about techniques you’ll learn and be able to apply to your work? Enrollment for 2015 courses will...
A Heart Set Apart

A Heart Set Apart

Engraved jewelry makes a wonderful gift for loved ones. With hand engraving, a gift can be given a personal touch that reflects the recipient. Rex Crawford took this truth to heart and applied it to a birthday gift for his wife. Rex crafted this sterling silver heart...