Megan Coward

Megan Coward is a graduate of the GIA with Graduate Jeweler Gemologist and Graduate Gemologist accreditations. She has 20+ years in the retail jewelry industry in various roles including as a diamond buyer and gemstone appraiser.

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Megan Coward

What are Jeweler’s Bench Pins?

Jewelry makers use bench pins to steady their hands, tools, and pieces for intricate work. Learn which type of bench pin will best meet your needs.…

A Guide to Belle Époque Jewelry

Belle Époque jewelry combined opulent but graceful metalwork with a variety of gems. Learn more about this style and how it inspires modern jewelry…

Antique Engagement Rings

You can find many amazing antique engagement rings from a variety of time periods. Before you shop, learn more about these styles and how to identify…

Bench Vise

If you need both hands to work, then you need a bench vise for your jewelry making needs.

Ring Clamp

Ring clamps are essential holders for polishing jewelry and mounting gems. We explain them and tell you where to purchase the top models.


Sanding is an important step in making jewelry. Be sure you know about and purchase the correct sandpaper.