Dec 4
loose mine cut vintage diamond cushion shaped

Old Mine Cut Diamond Under Magnification

Pat’s Jewelry Loving Grandma Lolly

“I have seven pieces of inherited jewelry from my Grandma Lolly that I never wear,” Pat said to me one day. “My challenge to you is to design a brand new custom piece of jewelry using all of the old diamonds from my Grandma.”

“Yes!” I love a good challenge! “Bring it!”

The challenge was that though most of the diamonds were of older cuts three were modern cuts from replacements of lost diamonds.

Vintage Diamonds or New Diamonds, They Are All Lovable

Four diamonds with old to new cuts

Old to New Cuts of Round Diamonds

When you compare an older cut vintage diamond to a diamond with a modern cut, it is easy to see the difference.

Different doesn’t necessarily mean bad, it just means different. Continue reading →

Nov 27

This Beautiful 1ct. Diamond Looks Nicely Gigantic on Her Size 2.5 Finger

Your Finger Size vs. That Center Diamond Size

“My girlfriend said she loves the one carat size of her best friend’s engagement ring. But Trina is like a size four and Becky is an eight and a horsewoman.

Do I just get her a one carat diamond, or do we scale it up for her size?” Bertram was an engineer and he got me to thinking.

Here is a 1.20ct. Round Brilliant Diamond on a Size 8 Finger

I’ve sold one caraters again and again and they’ve always looked a bit different on each woman who wore it. This is based on the finger size, and the design chosen.

I had never looked deeper except to mention that people should contemplate the look they want on their hand not the picture in the magazine.

Then I found!

Continue reading →

Nov 20
Rose Cut

The Rose Cut Center Diamond Shows the Top Faceting Beautifully. Photo – Jim Salyer

Inherited Older Diamonds and Older Diamonds by Choice

Morgan loved older cut diamonds and when Randy started pointing out perfectly cut round diamonds and asking her what size she liked, she was not into it.

“They’re too glittery and perfect.” She said to Randy.

“Do want one of those rough ones?” He looked dubious.

Craftsmanship of modern round brilliant cut diamonds looks like this. Courtesy GIA

“No, I do want sparkle, just not geometric perfection. I’m an old fashioned girl and I want an old fashioned diamond.”

“Cool.” So Randy called me. And said, “what is the deal with older cuts, how are they different and why are they different?” I was reminded of when my son thought I knew everything and asked me a TON of questions. Ah, I miss that.

This blog and these answers are for Randy. And all the Randy’s out there. Continue reading →

Nov 13
Forever Fit

ForeverFit Saves the Day

Full on Arthritis is Nothing to Sneeze at

Helen had seen her friend’s Finger Mate ring hinge and lamented that she was unable to wear her wedding set.
“Who did your ring?”

Helen asked. “Calla Gold,” Sue replied. And after a shuffle in her purse, a business card was produced.

Figuring Out the Right Big Knuckle Solution Out of Many Possibilities

Knuckle-to-Finger Differential

Measuring the Knuckle to Finger Differential

When Helen and I first met I could see that arthritis was expanding her knuckles enough to make it hard for her to close her hand.

Arthritis is different for different clients. Some have enlarged knuckles and little pain and others unfortunately have both. 

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Nov 6
Jewelry Personality

Illustration From MJSA Article About Finding Your Jewelry Personality, the Calla Gold Jewelry Way. Image Courtesy MJSA Journal – Illustration Sean Kane

More Options in Figuring out Your Jewelry Personality

This post is part two of “What is Your Jewelry Personality.” If you haven’t read part, read it first.

This series is a great way to visually explore your favorite looks and feels in jewelry design.

This is a multi-part series that I’ll keep adding to.

Let’s narrow down some choices to finding your personal style. It’s about your personality, your lifestyle and your taste.

A version of part 1 was featured in  MJSA Journal September 2017! Manufacturers and Jewelers of America.

In this part we’ll dive into metal color combos, width and height for your ring. Continue reading →

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