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Interchangable diamond and white gold pearl clasp.

Versatile Clasp Challenge! The Story of an Unworn Diamond Clasp Set Free

So Many Pearls, But Only One Nice Diamond Clasp! A Story. Sheri showed me her clasp that years ago a wonderful diamond had been taken out of to create a ring. She loved that ring, so that diamond was gone. However she did have a single diamond from a set of earrings that wasn’t being…

loose mine cut diamond cushion shaped

Grandma’s Vintage Diamonds vs. New Diamonds, How to Design With Them

“I have seven pieces of inherited jewelry from my Grandma Lolly that I never wear,” Pat said to me one day. “My challenge to you is to design a brand new custom piece of jewelry using all of the old diamonds from my Grandma.” Is there a trick to designing with older cuts of diamonds?…

Illustration of MJSA article on finding your jewelry personality with Calla Gold Jewelry

What is Your Jewelry Personality? Part two – Metal, Width and Height

This post is part two of “What is Your Jewelry Personality.” If you haven’t read part one, read it first. This series is a great way to visually explore your favorite looks and feels in jewelry design. This is a multi-part series that I’ll keep adding to. Let’s narrow down some choices to finding your…

cushion cut blue sapphire with diamond halo engagement ring.

Is a Halo Ring the Right Ring For Your Engagement Design?

  Will a halo ring design honor your center diamond or colored gemstone? Before we talk about halos can I share Beyonce’s song Halo? The idea of a halo of diamonds around your main diamond has been around for a long time and is expressed in many different ways.   A halo can make your…

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Antique Ring Restoration Story – Filigree Hearts Re-Made

  When Cheryl finally received the antique ring that belonged to her great-grandmother she loved its intricacy and sweet details. The little filigree hearts were her favorite part. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line one side of the ring with the little hearts had maybe been stepped on. It was badly broken. Great Grandma’s Antique Ring…

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Shoulders, Angel Wings and Square Shanks – Big Knuckle Ring Design Hacks

  This is for All the Girls with Big Knuckles. Jewelers are constantly trying to figure out good ways to design jewelry that fits well if you have the kind of a finger that lets Rings spin. I’ll share the top three stop-those-rings-from-spinning solutions and introduce three design hacks that help rings stay put. If…