Engagement Rings

Personal Jeweler showing client to use a loupe

A Real Jeweler vs a Jewelry Counter Clerk for Your Engagement Ring

Marla’s Broken Engagement Ring Story I’m a Personal Jeweler in Santa Barbara, and I get questions daily. Recently Marla came to me with her sad story. Her tanzanite engagement ring had cracked. At first she thought her tanzanite was just dirty. Her fiancé sent her to the jewelry counter where he’d bought it to get…

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Three Generations Brought Together By Jewelry – An Engagement Ring Story

Bertsie and Her Lovely Family When I first met Bertsie, I didn’t realize that her family would unfold like a blossoming flower as I met the different generations. I never dreamed that it would end up an engagement ring story. Bertsie met me through a longtime friend, who had just hired me to repair several…

Side view of engagement ring with halo of diamonds

Choosing Your Unique Ring Style – Eight Elements to Consider

Some people can look at a picture of a ring style and say, “That is what I want!” And it works. But what about the rest of us? Who hasn’t tried on a friend’s ring that looks amazing on them and it just looks “OK” on us? Each of us has our own finger shapes,…

Three ring wedding set. Two outer rings bezel set tiny diamonds.

Platinum and White Gold vs Silver for Your Engagement Ring

Every once in a while, I get asked if silver is appropriate for wedding rings. Silver certainly isn’t the customary, go-to metal, but is it appropriate? Depends on one’s point of view.


Should You Use Palladium for Your Engagement Ring?

  What is Palladium? Palladium has been used in jewelry making since 1939. It is a precious white metal in the platinum metals group and, as such, shares many qualities with platinum. Before 2004, palladium was primarily used in white-gold alloys and was generally considered too expensive to be used as the primary metal in…

Rose Gold With Hand Engraving of Norwegian Rosemaling with Black Rhodium Wedding Band

Rose Gold, the Blushing Gold, For Your Engagement Ring

I’ve talked a lot about yellow and white gold engagement rings in other posts. While I’ve touched briefly upon various types of gold, and how they are made, I felt that rose gold deserved its own post. Rose gold has a little secret that impacts how your engagement ring will perform for you. How About Rose…