Calla Gold

opal ring in 60's yellow gold design

What is the Mohs scale? Gemstone Hardness vs Durability

Why should you care about the Mohs scale? People ask me about the hardness of gemstones all the time. They know that some gemstones are harder than others, but have no idea how to determine whether amethyst or diamond is the stronger gemstone besides stepping on it or something. This is not recommended. The jewelry…

Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

Thin Engagement Rings or Thick Engagement Rings: What Looks Best?

Engagement rings width: what’s the best choice for you? When you’re choosing engagement ring designs for your hand, think about what makes you look good, not just what is in fashion. As a thirty six year jewelry designer, I’ve designed for all ages and thinness’s and thicknesses of hands. It’s always fun to help a…

Selection of different sizes of spring ring clasps with a ruler for size comparison

Chain Clasps From Hell

    Taco Dinner Delayed by Crappy Clasps! Does wrestling with frustrating chain clasps drive you to drink? Who hasn’t had an issue with a chain clasp from hell? I’ve had lots of them. There’s nothing more frustrating than rushing to get dressed for dinner at your favorite taco place, and then  wasting time trying…

Before and After Pictures of Jewelry Redesign and Repair

“More before and after pictures please.” I’ve heard it often. I’ve gathered favorite projects and included projects from my jeweler friends as well to inspire you to pull out something you’re not wearing and change it up. Whether it’s jewelry redesign or repair, nothing is more satisfying than changes for the good.   Before and…

Finger Mate Hinging Shank for Rings for Enlarged Knuckles

Do you have Osteoarthritis?  Rheumatoid arthritis? Enlarged knuckles? Are your knuckles fine, but the finger behind them is small? I’m guessing your rings spin. I’m guessing you wish they wouldn’t. I wish for your rings to fit you properly. This blog post is one of a series about what to do about rings and enlarged…

White Gold and Diamond Intricate Wedding Band with swirls design

All About Diamond Carats, Choosing Engagement Diamonds by Weight

In case you haven’t heard of the four “C’s”, guys, they are: Carat weight; Color; Clarity; and Cut. These are the four major points that need you need to be aware of when choosing an engagement diamond for your sweetheart. In this post I’m going to talk about the weightiest of the C’s: Diamond Carats….