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Yellow gold detailed Orchid ring with diamonds

Wildly Custom Ring – An Orchid Ring for Robin Story

  I usually design seamless rings, without lots of pokie-uppie elements (technical jeweler’s term) that catch on things—like sweaters, babies, and car doors. On the other hand, some of the most beautiful, eye-popping, mind-bending designs I’ve ever seen, have stuff (another technical jewelry term—don’t worry about it) sticking up all over the place. Like the…

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…

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…

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 a…

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…

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"Pierced Through," a Design Element. Is it Right For You?

Adding Spice to Your Jewelry Design is Fun Cynthia had these awesome Amonites to be set. But she wanted sass, spice and something different. She asked me, “what can we do to set my ammonites uniquely? What Calla Gold Jewelry designing secret do you have up your sleeve?”.  As a matter of fact I did…

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