Oct 16
Platinum Hand Engraved Rings, Three Diamond Engagement

Hand Engraved Engagement Ring. Calla Gold Design

What Exactly Is Ring Engraving?

On a rainy day my phone rang. A nice guy named Lon said, “My girlfriend Sue wants engraved rings. We were talking about ring styles she likes, because I want to create an engagement ring for her. I haven’t started the design process yet. Do you know what she means by ‘engraved rings?’” Continue reading →

Oct 9

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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Oct 2

It is Seriously Annoying, Having to Take off Rings to Type

Vintage Emerald cabochon platinum ring

Delicate Elements Rule This Vintage Ring

Hilary keeps a jar by her computer to put her rings in when she types. She loves vintage jewelry and knows that top heavy rings are no-goes.

But she couldn’t help herself. Her latest dream ring was a large emerald cabochon cut vintage style. It called to her and she answered the call. She named her Jade for her beautiful imperial green jade color.

Between the narrow shank and the top weighted design this lovely ring couldn’t go out much. It spun on Hilary’s hand unmercifully.

You see Hilary has a 2 1/2 size knuckle to finger differential. She’s not alone. But happily she wasn’t willing to be uncomfortable in her jewelry, so she gave me a call. This is her CLIQ hinge story. Continue reading →

Sep 27

dear callaDear Calla,

I wanted to engrave just simple initials on the 2mm band for my wife to be. I was told that hand engraving will not look good. Why is that?

Just want Something Simple

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Sep 22

Never laugh at live dragons, J. R. R. Tolkien and Dragon Earrings in 18kt gold

“Never laugh at live dragons.” ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien is no stranger to the millions of Middle Earth fans around the world, or to Gems of Wisdom! Just in case you aren’t familiar with this man, you should know that he wrote “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” between the 1930’s and 1960’s. Continue reading →

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