How to Photograph Jewelry

When I started selling my jewelry online I realised that I need better photos for my pieces, because photography is the most important thing when you sell online. It’s the only way the customer can see your product and have an idea of how it looks like.

So I decided to invest in a good camera and great lens. My first camera 15 years ago was a Cannon G10, then I had a Cannon G16 and since 3 years ago I use a Cannon EOS 750D. Actually the two lenses I use more are my Macro EF-S 35mm, and my Ultrasonic EF 20mm, both with 1:2.8. I’m a big fan of Cannon but I’m sure there’re Nikon and other brands that have amazing machines. I’m also lucky to have a photographer for friend (Dario Rumbo @_dazzad_) that always helped me to choose the great combination of lens and camera.

On my jewelry I use a lot of gemstones, and since the beginning I realised that the best light to shoot gemstones was natural light. I tried several times to use artificial light and light boxes but I never got the photo results I got with natural light. If you are a professional with photography skills or have a great set up, maybe you can control the light and get amazing results. But, this was not my case, I’m jeweler and all I want to explain here is my experience as a no professional photographer.

I use natural light, with indirect light and a translucent white curtain depending on the pieces. The best hours to shoot are the morning and late afternoon, because the light colour is perfect and not so intense. The cloudy days are perfect to use natural light and also the best days to go outside for a photoshoot. The clouds mitigate the light and reflections and the jewels look great.

I’m not going to talk about the sizes and the format I use because it changes a lot depending on the photos. I usually shoot in big format and change it with the edition depending on what I need.

I use Photoshop for edition. I know that it’s maybe quite difficult for a beginner, I did some classes during my jewelry studies and then I learned by myself asking to some friends and looking tutorials. There are lots of photo edition tutorials on Youtube! I also use Lightroom CC app on my phone to edit photos. This app is very easy to use and it lets you edit your photos as good as Photoshop.

Here is my experience and I hope this can help you to make better jewelry shoots. Some weeks ago I discovered and amazing article from Etsy talking exactly about how to photograph jewelry. Here is the link to this article and it maybe will give you some more information and some tips and tricks.

If you have any suggestions or questions don’t hesitate to leave them in comments. So everybody can collaborate to grow this article with more information about it.

Now it’s time to go to shoot!

Amethyst / Transcend to Transform

Transformation + Protection + Addiction-Release + Sleep aid

Treasured by generations of crystal lovers, Amethyst’s name comes from ancient Greek legend of Bacchus and his intoxicating powers. Taking legend to heart, Ancient Greeks and Romans drank from Amethyst goblets as a talisman against overindulgence and addiction. English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty. Amethyst jewelry has been found and dated as early as 2000 BC.

It has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures. Some historical accounts say that Saint Valentine had an Amethyst ring carved with an image of Cupid. And for those familiar with Old Testament history, Amethyst was one of the twelve gemstones that represented the twelve tribes of Israel.

For many years, Amethyst was held to be one of the most precious gemstones, often favourited by royalty or exclusively by the clergy as a symbol of Christ. It was even held for many years in the same regard as the diamond. It wasn’t until the discovery of more abundant supplies of Amethyst that it became a gemstone enjoyed by more than just the wealthiest buyers.

Leonard da Vinci once said that amethyst helps to quicken intelligence and get rid of evil thoughts. 

Today, Amethyst reminds us to always treat body and mind as a sacred temple. A stone of protection, it creates an ultraviolet bubble of protective light around people and spaces, and it’s very helpful for insomnia and nightmares. A stone of transcendence, Amethyst heightens psychic powers, and will strengthen your connection to all things mystical and magical. 

Amethyst is a purple variety of Quartz (SiO2) and owes its violet color to irradiation, iron impurities and the presence of trace elements, which result in complex crystal lattice substitutions. Its hardness (a 7 on the Mohs scale) is the same as other Quartz and the best varieties of Amethyst can be found in Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil and the far East.

Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for February and a zodiac birthstone for Aquarius and Pisces. 


– Crystals, The Modern Guide to Crystal Healing, Yulia van Doren.

– American Gem Society,

– Wikipedia

Pablo Cimadevila

Since time ago I follow the works of this Galician jeweler, I like his jewelry and his video-tutorials on Youtube. Some of you maybe will know him because of the Discovery Max program called “24 Kilates”, o because he has created jewelry for celebrities like Laura Escanes and Risto Mejide, o maybe because of his Olympic Games participation. Either way, it seems that everything that comes to his hands becomes a jewel, even a screw! Don’t miss his latest video and as it says on his tattoo “If you can dream it, you can do it”.

Fa temps que segueixo aquest joier de Galícia, m’agraden les seves joies i sobretot els video-tutorials que fa a Youtube. Alguns de vosaltres potser el coneixereu pel programa de “24 Kilates” del Discovery Max, altres per haver fet joies a famosos com la Laura Escanes i el Risto Mejide, o potser el coneixereu per la seva faceta d’esportista Olímpic. Sigui com sigui, sembla que tot el que arriba a les seves mans es converteix en joia, encara que sigui un cargol! No us perdeu el seu últim video, i tal com diu el seu tatuatge “If you can dream it, you can do it”.

New 18kt!

Hello everybody! I’m here again, after some years not posting on 18kt I’ve decided to redesign this site to keep sharing information and jewelry things with you.

The past years the way we communicate and share the information have changed a lot, and this is the new way 18kt will do it.

You will find a new menu with new sections like Tips & Tricks, Gemstones and Interviews. I hope you like it and we can collaborate to make this community bigger.

Thank you!

Hola a tothom! Torno a ser aquí! Després d’una anys sense publicar pràcticament res he decidit redissenyar aquest bloc i seguir compartint informació relacionada amb la joieria.

Els últims anys la manera que ens comuniquem i compartim la informació ha canviat molt, i aquesta serà la nova manera que ho faré a 18kt.

Hi trobareu un nou menú amb seccions noves com Tips & Tricks, Gemstones i Interviews. Espero que us agradi i que poguem col·laborar per fer crèixer aquesta comunitat junts.


Aligator Skin & BurLife Stick

Some weeks ago I shared some stories on my Instagram with tips about how to use two new tools I bought from Rio Grande. One is called “Aligator Skin” and it’s used to protect fingers from sawing, sanding and jewelry work, and after comparing it with other similar tools this is perfect for jewelry. It protect skin and also keep the sensivity of your fingers while you’re working. 
I also was talking about a way to lubricate your saw and keep it protected from oxidating with BurLife Stick. 
A lot of you sent me messages explaining that you love this kind of tips so I’ve decided to start a new post section where I will share this information. So, if you have a technical question about jewelry ask me below and I will share the answer!

Fa unes setmanes vaig compartir a les stories del meu Instagram unes eines noves que vaig comprar a Rio Grande. Una d’elles es diu “Aligator Skin” i serveix per protegir els dits quan estas llimant, serrant i treballant amb peces petites. Després de comparar-la amb altres eines similars, aquesta és perfecta per joieria. Protegeix la pell i alhora manté la sensibilitat als dits mentre treballes i les peces petites no et patinen.
També he estat parlant de la barra BurLife que serveix per lubricar les serres i les broques i alhora les protegeix de l’oxidació.
Molts de vosaltres m’heu escrit dient-me que us havia encantat que compartís aquests consells, per tant he decidit obrir una secció on aniré escrivint sobre aquests temes. Per tant, si teniu una pregunta tècnica o un tema del que us agradaria que parlés, deixa-m’ho als comentaris i compartiré la resposta!


Do you know Tanzanite? Today I want to explain you something more about this beautiful blue stone, because it seems to be very popular lately and I’m also in love with its colour and texture. 

Tanzanite is the blue and violet variety of Zoisite (from Epidote group). The gemstone was discovered by Manuel de Souza in the Mererani Hills of Manyara Region in Northern Tanzania in 1967. The curiosity is that Tanzanite is only found in Tanzania, in a very small mining area, and this is one of the reasons that make Tanzanite special and rare. 

Tanzanite has a remarkable strong trichroism, appearing alternately blue, violet and burgundy depending on crystal orientation and it can also appear differently when viewed under alternate lighting conditions. The majority of Tanzanite on the market today is heat treated to minimize the brown colors found naturally, and to enhance the blue shades that can rival sapphire

Do you know that the name of “Tanzanite” was given by Tiffany & Co to the gemstone in 1968? The scientific name of “blue-violet zoisite” was not thought to be consumer friendly enough by Tiffany’s marketing department, and inspired with its origin country Tanzania they introduced it to the market as Tanzanite. 

In 2002, the American Gem Trade Association choose Tanzanite as a December Birthstone next to Zircon and Turquoise. So if your birthday is on December, you can discover more about your birthstones here! 

An independent study from 2012 suggests, as its rareness and the small mine area where it can be found, Tanzanite deposits may deplete in 30 years.

Did you like it? Now you know a little bit more about this beautiful and rare blue stone…don’t you think it’s very special?

The Contemporary Jewelry Exchange, my experience.

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The Contemporary Jewelry Exchange és un projecte de l’Olga Raben, en el qual posava en contacte dissenyadors de joieria de tot el món per tal de fer un intercanvi de joies; és a dir, tu en fas una i en reps una altra. Va començar com un projecte petit el 2014 i es va convertir de seguida en immens, amb la participació de 370 joiers d’arreu del món. Escric aquest post per explicar-vos la meva experiència com a participant. Hi ha tres edicions, el 2014, 2015 i 2016. Jo sóc participant del 2015 i 2016, i el funcionament era el següent. Tu eres el responsable de fer les fotos, la peça de joieria i enviar-ho tot per dropbox a la organitzadora, Olga Raben. Havies de pagar per participar en el projecte, però incloia publicitat de la teva feina a les xarxes socials, una web amb tots els intercanvis i un llibre. Sembla que enmig d’un intercanvi i l’altre ella, per motius personals, va deixar de fer la seva part. L’intercanvi del 2016 no està completat, la web no funciona i els dos llibres, del 2015 i 2016 enlloc. Degut a diverses reclamacions dels participants i diversos intents d’aconseguir resposta per part d’ella, la setmana passada ens va enviar una carta plena d’excuses i donant una data d’entrega, Agost 2017. Jo personalment vaig decidir que ja m’havia cansat d’excuses i d’esperar per un llibre que crec que no arribarà mai, i després de reclamar que em tornés els diners no he rebut cap més resposta. Em consta que som molts participant a la mateixa situació i que, degut a que ella és l’administradora dels grups al Facebook, i bloqueja i elimina tots els missatges que hi escrivim, he deicidit escriure la meva experiéncia en aquest bloc. Espero que serveixi almenys perquè la comunitat de joiers en faci ressò i estiguem en contacte.

The Contemporary Jewelry Exchange es un proyecto de Olga Raben, donde ponía en contacto diseñadores de joyeria de todo el mundo para hacer un intercambio de joyas; tu haces una y recibes otra a cambio. Empezó como un proyecto pequeño el 2014 y enseguida se convirtió en uno grande con la participación de 370 joyeros de todo el mundo. Estoy escribiendo este post para explicaros mi experiencia como participante. Hay tres ediciones, el 2014, 2015 y 2016. Yo soy participante del 2015 y del 2016, y el funcionamiento era este. Tu mismo eras el responsable de hacer la fotos, la pieza de joyeria y enviar toda la información por dropbox a la organizadora, Olga Raben. Tenias que pagar para participar en el proyecto, pero esto incluía publicidad de tu trabajo en redes sociales, una web con todos los intercambios y un libro. Parece que en medio de un intercambio y otro, por motivos personales, ella dejó de hacer su parte. El intercambio del 2016 no está completado, la web no funciona y los dos libros, del 2015 y 2016 inexistentes. Debido a diversas reclamaciones de los participantes e intentos de conseguir una respuesta de su parte, al semana pasada nos envió una carta llena de excusas y dando una data de entrega, Agosto 2017. Personamente decidí que ya estaba harta de excusas y de esperar por un libro que creo que no va a llegar nunca, y después de reclamarle la devolución del dinero no he recibido respuesta. Me consta que somos muchos participantes en la misma situación y debido a que ella es la administradora de los grupos de Facebook, y los mensajes que son escritos allí son bloqueados y eliminados, he decidido escribir mi experiencia en este bloc. Espero que al menos sirva para que la comunidad de joyeros lo comparta y que todos estemos en contacto. 

The Contemporary Jewelry Exchange is an Olga Raben project, where jewelry designers from around the world where asked to make a jewelry exchange; so, you make one jewel and you receive another. What began as a small project in 2014 became immediately immense, with the participation of 370 jewelers from around the world. I’m writing this post to explain my experience as a participant. There are three editions, 2014, 2015 and 2016. I’m a 2015 and 2016 participant, and the way it was working is this. Yourself were responsible of making the photos, the jewelry piece and send all information by dropbox to the organizer, Olga Raben. You had to pay to participate in the project, and this include advertising of your work on social networks, a website with all the exchanges and a book. It seems that in the middle of one exchange and the other, for personal reasons, she stopped doing her part. The 2016 exchange is not completed, the website doesn’t work and the two books, 2015 and 2016 don’t exist. Due to various participant complaints and attempts to get an answer from her, last week she sent a letter to us full of excuses and giving us a delivery date, August 2017. I decided that I was tired of excuses and waiting for a book that on my believe it will never arrive, and after asking for a refund I haven’t received a response. I know that we are many participants in the same situation and because she is the administrator of the Facebook groups, and the messages that are written there are blocked and deleted, I have decided to write my experience in this blog. I hope that at least it will be useful to jewelers to share it and to keep all of us in contact.