Mar 19

blue sapphire engagement ring
Since I wrote my post on White Sapphire vs Diamonds for Your Engagement Ring I’ve been asked to show blue sapphire engagement rings. That’ll be fun as I’ve designed a lot of engagement rings with blue sapphires. You might want to read the above blog post to see the difference in strength of sapphires versus diamonds. With a daily wear ring your gemstone choices become way more important. Enjoy this look at different styles of sapphire wedding and engagement rings.

Something Blue?

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Mar 5
The ibangle MP3 player. So Far Just a Concept

The ibangle MP3 player. So Far Just a Concept

Jewelry, as a craft, hasn’t changed much in thousands of years.  There were certainly changes in designs and metal compositions, but overall we only developed new ways of manipulating the metal to our whim.

That’s all changed in the 21st century.  This younger generation of tech-savvy young people is helping to spur an evolutionary process for jewelry – hi-tech jewelry.  Some of you may dislike the sound of that, but I would highly recommend you read the rest of this blog post before you make a judgement call! Continue reading →

Feb 26
rose gold plating

Rose gold Plated Chains. It May be a Fine Layer, but They Look Real.

Melia’s Spotty Rose Gold Plating

Melia bought a discolored rose gold plated pendant at a sale. She figured she’d just polish it up. She tried various silver and copper polishes and only succeeded in pulling most of the rose plating off and leaving it splotchy looking. Melia was not happy.

I got the call, “can you re-plate my rose gold plated pendant?”

Me: “Most likely. It is problematic however.”

Melia: “How come?” Continue reading →

Feb 19
Bibi Van der Velden Chinese Dog Ring

Bibi Van der Velden Celebrates Animals with This Great Ring

The Chinese Year of the Dog

Since February 16 was Chinese New Years and 2018 is the year of the dog, I thought I’d reprise an earlier post on this beloved canine. Especially since I was born in the year of the dog!

And just so you know, according to Chinese astrologists, those born in the year of the dog are loyal and honest, amiable and kind, cautious and prudent, always willing to help others, and were born with a good nature.

(I wonder if they also like treats and like to be petted.)

The LA Times Celebrates Doggy Decoration

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Feb 12

Katie Law clearly loves her tools. They help her get that unique style she goes for.

Jewelers are pretty expressive and artistic people. Some are also a bit spiky socially and say some salty things, which I find entertaining. There are a lot of philosophers in the bunch as well. And real givers. The passion that I see in my industry inspires me.

I’ve been seeing a lot of tattooed jewelers lately and feel that their tats have a lot to say about their love of gemstones and the tools of their trade. Celebrating their body art is something I’d like to do. Here without further ado my tattooed brethren.


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