Scratched tsavorite gem in bezel setting, close up of damaged gem

Diamonds vs. Forbidden Wedding Ring Gemstones

Cracking, Chipping and Fading. Did You Know About the Risks of certain gemstone choices for your wedding rings? Some gemstones seemingly have no business in wedding rings. Some crack too easily and others are too soft. It seems as if some gems scratch with the swipe of a fingernail. Or they practically chip by looking…

Dispersion of Light in Moissanite image

What About Moissanite for Your Engagement Ring?

  Do I like it and do I sell it? Read on and find out. What is this post about? As a Santa Barbara Wedding Jewelry Designer, I’ve had more than my fair share of questions about Moissanite as an alternate to Diamond. Who the Hell Discovered Moissanite? Moissanite was discovered by French chemist, Henri Moissan, and…

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….

Pendant Bezel Set with Fire Agate in Yellow Gold

Fire Agates Fascinating Allure – Two Jewelry Projects in Yellow Gold

Why is Fire Agate so fascinating? Its earthy iridescence glowing gorgeously and mysteriously is what gets this Santa Barbara custom designer’s inspiration going. Today I’m sharing a couple of projects I’ve done with fire agate. 

Inlay Opal Ring with Diamond with Broken Opal

Abducted by Aliens and Now Loves Opals, hmmmm….All About Inlay Repair

After she was abducted by aliens Doris always loved opals. Not very. This is Doris’ story, told by her eventual jewelry repair wizard, Calla. Doris wanted an opal ring she could wear daily and found the glowing beauty she wanted in this inlaid opal and diamond ring. It started out great. She wore it everyday….

tsavorite with scratching damage

Re-Buffed Gem Gets a New Lease On Life – How Gem Polishing Works

    When You Wear it Everyday, You Don’t Always Really See What’s Happening Carol loved her Tsavorite and Diamond ring. It started out like all good jewelry love affairs. All sparkle and joy. But, just like the fact that your car doesn’t run forever without a tune-up and the occasional detail job and waxing,…