Calla Gold

Tri color gold band

Gold Jewelry Alloys, What’s in Yellow and White Gold?

In the thirty six years I’ve been a jeweler, I’ve been asked, “what is in the alloy mix, (metals mixed into gold for strength and ease of jewelry making,) for white gold and yellow gold?” People have also asked how do the alloys react to skin? The light bulb just went off in my head that…

Why Not Re-Use Your Old Gold?

What About That Pile of Broken, Dated and Old Gold? Have you ever wondered if you could re-use your old gold and re-cast it into something new? A client asked me, her Goleta Jeweler, last week if I could make one of my more intricate rings using the gold she had from three old earrings…

White Gold Princess Cut Diamond Pendant with Milgrain Edging. Ring into pendant

Turning a Ring into a Pendant

That Big Aquamarine Just Wasn’t Working as a Ring First of all Tamar didn’t wear yellow gold and second of all when she tried wearing it, besides being gigantic, it wouldn’t stay upright. When a top heavy ring is on your hand, even if you normally can wear rings comfortably, the top heavy ring will…

Sapphire with Filigree white gold ring

Wedding Jewelry vs. Occasional Jewelry: Four Pillars of a Daily Wear Ring

  No One Told Her to be Careful or Choose Another Ring. After selling her retail shop in downtown Santa Barbara, Mona realized her childhood dream when she and her husband, Jake, bought a ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley. I am a horse loving jeweler. Happily one of my horseback-riding friends in Santa Ynez was…

Design Your Dream Wedding Rings book cover

My New Book! I Wrote a Book For You

I am thrilled to share some news with you. Over the last year and a half I have been working on a new book titled Design Your Dream Wedding Rings: From Engagement to Eternity. If truth be told, the idea came to me ten years ago, so it’s been a long gestation period!

Jewelry Design Series – Breaking Down Homework for Your Design Idea

Custom Jewelry Design: You Deserve Your Dream Ring In this article I’ll share with you the most read blog posts I’ve written to help people design their dream ring. Don’t let this admittedly long round-up of custom jewelry design blog posts freak you out. When I called this post ‘homework’ I didn’t mean you had to…