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Dog in pearls

Dogs in Jewelry – Jewelers Decorate Their Dogs

  Could Anything be Cuter than Dogs Wearing Jewelry? One way busy jewelers stay sane is to include their dogs in their business. This helps with our fitness and it lifts our mood. Putting our dogs in jewelry is irresistible.  The picture above is Stuart Greenway’s shop dog Dixie the Jewel Queen. Dixie is a…

wedding ring quizzes

Wedding Ring Quizzes: Your Dream Wedding Ring

In my book “Design Your Dream Wedding Rings, From Engagement to Eternity” I go over many aspects of custom ring design, but how do you keep all the information handy in one place? How do you note down your metal preferences? Your finger size? Whether or not you want a vintage feel? I thought long…

Engagement Ring Cracked

Fixing Bent Rings and Cracked Rings

  Five Causes of Bent Rings 1. Your ring shank is too thin. 2. Your ring is too large for your finger. 3. Your ring was worn while lifting heavy objects or tightly grasping hard objects. Or your ring collided with something harder than the gold.   4. Your ring has weakened at a connection…

re-shank candidate, shank too thin on pearl ring

Ring Shank Tragedy – Lame Horses and Thin Rings

Tilda’s tragic treasure trouble started on a fun Caribbean trip. Tilda bought a “gorgeous” ring on her trip to Barbados. Within a month the shank, (the bottom part of the ring below the main design,) was badly bent. Tilda called me, afraid to wear it. Her question was, “How is this possible? This ring is…

Scratched tsavorite gem in bezel setting, close up of damaged gem

How Much to Size my Ring – With Scratched and Dull Gems?

Sometimes sizing your ring leads to a bit more work. A ring needing repair may look a bit dull and you are looking forward to getting it properly cleaned by your jeweler. But that gemstone may not just be dirty. I usually see my client’s rings when they need to be sized. I thank the…

Zombie Rings: How to Tell A Good Ring From a Bad Ring

“I feel that some jewelry retailers are racing to see who can have the cheapest goods in their store. It is a race to the bottom. I do not see this ending well for them.” – Paul Levin Owner of Tairona Co. at the American Gem Trade Association Jewelry Show. Bitten by Zombie Jewelry Don’t you…