Gems of Wisdom: Albert Einstein and a Blue Sapphire Pendant

By Calla Gold

Gems of Wisdom: Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. Albert Einstein

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” ~ Albert Einstein

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Dear Calla – Long Distance Meeting

By Calla Gold

Map of US with Oklahoma highlightedDear Calla,

I’m getting ready to call you about having you redesign a very special ring I’ve inherited from my gran. I wish I lived in Santa Barbara, but I’m in the Oklahoma boonies.

Since I’ll be doing it at a distance do me a favor and show me what I might be seeing if I sat down with you. I’ll picture that as we talk about designing.

Girl in the picture

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Dear Calla – How do I get my ring off? Then do I keep it?

By Calla Gold

Tight wedding bandDear Calla,

I’ve worn my rings for 33 years. I got my engagement ring off barely a few years ago and had it re-sized. My wedding band I wasn’t so lucky with. It is ON there. I’ve tried your crushed ice, oil and even the tooth floss method. And no dice.

I really need to get it off. Do I just go to the emergency room? Then do I get a replacement ring? It’d be kind of sad to do that. Which is why I’ve been dragging my feet.

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Purple Heart Ring for Larry – A Creation Story

By Calla Gold

Purple heart medal

One of Larry’s Purple Heart Medals

Superbowl  Ring – Purple Heart Ring

If you’re a guy and you won the Superbowl you get a ring. And it means a lot and you wear it.

If you’ve been in the military and get a meaningful medal, doesn’t it make sense to wear that honor as a ring? This is a story of the creation of a Purple Heart ring for Larry.

I loved the many steps lavished on this important project. I share my thoughts and steps on Larry’s ring with you now. Continue reading →



Ring Disasters, Part 4 – Re-Tipping vs. a New Head

By Calla Gold

Some of my most loyal, long-time readers may remember my “Ring Disasters” series from 2011. More questions have come up recently about the issues addressed in this particular post. I realized that I could add more information and explanatory photos to answer your newest questions. So, check out this new and improved re-tipping post. Maybe you’ll love the rest of the series too!

Let’s Dive Deeper into Your Choices for Ring Prong Repair

Sharon's Ring with a Broken Diamond Setting (Head). Need re-tipping?

A Head That Lost its Diamond

In Ring Disasters, Part 3 – Ring Prong Re-Tipping Pro’s and Cons, your Santa Barbara Jeweler explained what re-tipping is, how it’s done and why if it took ten years to break that prong,  the re-tip won’t last another ten years.

Sharon’s ring, pictured to the left, had two barely intact prongs holding her diamond. Miraculously Sharon found her diamond when it fell out. It was on the floor mat of her car. This was a jewelry repair I was happy to do. Continue reading →



Gems of Wisdom: George Eliot

By Calla Gold

Gems of Wisdom, George Elliot: Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another."

“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.” ~ George Eliot

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