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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…

Round diamond engagement ring with a diamond halo, wedding set

Wedding Rings vs Engagement Rings – What’s the Difference? 5 Stupid Questions

  In this post I’ll talk about the wedding rings vs engagement rings difference. I’ll also cover when you wear what and why. I’ll throw in a little historical perspective too. Just a heads up, goats will be mentioned. To keep it interesting I’ll sprinkle in questions I found when Google-ing “Stupid Wedding Ring Questions!”

Don’t Buy Titanium or Tungsten Wedding Bands

I’m not going to win any popularity contests in my industry as a wedding ring designing jeweler saying this, but I say: “Don’t buy titanium or tungsten wedding bands.” This topic has received more comments than any other I have written on. Check out the comments. I have updated this post, check it out and…

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How to Care for Your Gold Plated Jewelry

Platinum, silver, and both 14k and 18k gold are not indestructible. Plated jewelry finishes are even more fragile because of the tiny layer of gold over the base metal. In my thirty six years as a Santa Barbara Jeweler I’ve found that all jewelry is vulnerable to the hard knocks of the physical universe. Rings…

Ear lobe droop

Ear Lobe Droop; Are Your Earrings Pointing toward the Pavement?

  Solving jewelry problems and helping my clients get back into their earrings is a favorite activity of mine. Do some of your earrings end up pointing toward the pavement? Ear lobe droop is a real thing. In this post I’ll share various solutions with their pros and cons.

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