White Topaz ring with open work on the shank

White Topaz vs Diamond for Your Engagement Ring

What’s a better gemstone for a wedding or engagement ring in the white topaz vs diamond debate? As a jeweler with over 30 years experience, and a designer specializing in wedding rings, I think the answer is obvious.  Read on to find out why I feel this way, and the science behind it.

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. I’ll give you the history, what it is, the pro’s and con’s of Moissanite, 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

Opals, They Are Just Alien Right? After she was abducted by aliens Doris always loved opals. This Santa Barbara Jeweler always felt that opals were like alien gemstones from another planet. Their fire from within is captivating and miraculous looking. Even if you haven’t been abducted by aliens you’ve dug opals right?