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Pearl expert Antoinette Matlins in Mexico discussing pearl culturing

Choosing Pearls: Five Things You’ll Want to Consider

Let’s get an expert opinion about choosing pearls. This  ocean loving jeweler adores pearls whether in round shapes or lumpy baroques. So when I read this great information from Antoinette Matlins, crazily over-qualified Gemologist and master of the gem and pearl universe, I asked if I could share it with you. She, awesome gem diva…

Rhodium Plating; Like Coloring Your Hair, Only for Jewelry!

Rhodium plating is a bit like visiting your favorite hair salon.  Getting bored? Add Purple. In the same way you can lay purple over brunette, rhodium plating can cover faded looking white gold and dramatically transform the look of your jewelry.

Yellow gold detailed Orchid ring with diamonds

Wildly Custom Ring – An Orchid Ring for Robin Story

  I usually design seamless rings, without lots of pokie-uppie elements (technical jeweler’s term) that catch on things—like sweaters, babies, and car doors. On the other hand, some of the most beautiful, eye-popping, mind-bending designs I’ve ever seen, have stuff (another technical jewelry term—don’t worry about it) sticking up all over the place. Like the…

White gold, pave diamonds in bubble theme with Tahitian pearl ring

Why Pearl Ring Sizing Costs More

  Your diva pearls demand your respect. Someone asked me the other day, “How come you’re charging me so much to size this pearl ring? Its band is half as thick as the sapphire ring you’re sizing, but it’s more expensive?” “That’s a fair question,” I said. And one I’ve answered many times before.

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Black Gold — Fact vs. Fiction

  Clients frequently ask me if I can design jewelry for them made in black gold. When I try to explain that black gold jewelry just isn’t a thing, they often send me advertisements from websites that offer it. When a jewelry company advertises “black gold,” this should raise a red flag.

Can I Get My Ring Prongs Lengthened?

Kayleigh wanted to set her diamond higher on her engagement ring. To have her ring prongs lengthened. It didn’t go well. She kindly shared her pictures and her experience. In this post I want to dive deeper into why lengthening her ring prongs didn’t work and why. Sometimes when you start to mess with your…

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