Calla Gold

Canadian Diamonds: A Conscious Girl’s Best Friend?

Guest Post – by Mary Doud of Seattle Diamonds Canadian Diamonds: A Girls Best Friend? Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, as Marilyn Monroe so famously sang in the same titled movie in her whispery, sexy voice.  Diamonds are shiny, bright, and very sparkly! Nowadays, men are sporting huge diamonds too, so it’s for everyone! …

Signet Ring with Script Monogram| in old world script font

Engraving Your Signet Ring

Engraving a Signet Ring. Get creative! Don’t go ordinary. That’s this engraving jeweler’s advice to those of you engraving a signet ring. If you want to engrave the preamble to the Constitution, your options are limited. If you’re engraving one to three letters, however, you have plenty of room for your imagination to run wild.

Two amethyst gems. One is faded and the other is bright purple

What to Do With Faded Gemstones, Cracked and Damaged Gemstones

Do you have a lackluster or faded gemstone? Chipped or cracked gemstone? Sad looking gemstone? That’s not right. And you’re probably avoiding wearing it because it doesn’t look like it should! As a busy gem fixing jeweler I’ve had the opportunity to work on some fun projects, that led to great before and after pictures.…

Moissanite Engagement Ring in white gold

When Engagement Diamond Dreams, Hit Budget Bumps. Options,Ideas and Alternatives

“We really want this design with the three quarter carat size center, but we can’t afford the engagement diamond we want. But if we get a smaller diamond with the thinner band, it won’t look good on my hand. Calla what can we do?” Debbie lamented as we sat together at her kitchen table looking…

Rebel Jewelry Design, The Architect’s Ring

Three Jewelers Down, Would I Be the Fourth? Has someone ever challenged you in your work and just pushed you to places you never went before? It happened to this Santa Barbara Jewelry Designer and this is the ring that came out of that crucible of challenge. This ring is a rebel!

Gold tone French Wire Finish on Pearl Necklace by clasp

French Wire Finish for Your Pearls; It’s Stronger and Prettier

What’s in a tiny finishing detail in stringing like French wire finish? Have you ever wondered why some pearls or beaded necklaces break more quickly? Or why some just look great and others look like they’ve been “cheaply” strung? French wire finish may be the difference you’ve noticed.

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