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Sawing off Rings, Did Your Knuckles Grow When You Weren’t Looking?

I gave one of my 4-year-old blogs the “Update” treatment! New pictures, new story. And a new video at the end. Sawing off Rings, My Second Favorite Job My favorite job as a Santa Barbara repairing Jeweler is witnessing peoples’ faces light up upon seeing on a treasured piece of jewelry, that has been restored…

Porosity spots on a ring, ring porosity problem|Porosity in Re-tip and Bad Workmanship by a Hack jeweler

Re-Tipped Prongs and Porosity on Your Engagement Ring

  What is Porosity? In the simplest of terms, porosity is how holey a material is. No – not “holy” in a religious sense, but “holey,” as in “full of holes.” Materials such as pumice stone and concrete tend to be very porous, while materials like glass and hard plastic are relatively non-porous. All materials…

Organizing Pendants and earrings in clear plastic tiny boxes

Clever Ways to Organize Your Jewelry Box – Pam’s Story

How small, clear organizing boxes help you find your jewelry when you open your jewelry box. As opposed to, well how it looks now. I’ve always loved helping my clients organize their jewelry: We find what’s broken, identify the holes in their collection, and see which pieces they aren’t wearing. Peek over my shoulder as…

The Case of the Missing Diamond — Carrie's Story of a Ring Replication

Ten Years Without Her Wedding Ring Can you imagine going 10 years of your marriage without wearing your wedding ring? Carrie thought that she was ready to give hers up for good after a near disaster at her son’s school.

Yellow Gold Vintage ring, broken in half with scroll design on sides.

The Case of the Missing Diamond — Carrie’s Story of a Ring Replication

Ten Years Without Her Wedding Ring Can you imagine going 10 years of your marriage without wearing your wedding ring? Carrie thought that she was ready to give hers up for good after a near disaster at her son’s school.

White gold Tanzanite pendant with enlarged diamond bail

The Unworn Pendant that Needed A Bail Out

A Beautiful Pendant That Wasn’t Being Worn Irene came to me with a newly purchased pendant that desperately needed an adjustment. The pendant itself was gorgeous – a beautiful, finely-cut tanzanite gem set elegantly into a platinum setting. Her issue was with the short, frail chain that (barely) supported her pendant and made it fit…

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