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Ring finger showing allergic reaction

Nickel Allergy and Your White Metal Choices

  Do You Have a Nickel Allergy? Nickel allergy is one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis. Causes of Nickle Allergy A nickel allergy can develop at any time, so you can get the allergy at 5 or 50. It usually develops after constant exposure to something that has nickel in it. Once you develop…

The Vagina Necklace

The Vagina Necklace That Got a Second Chance!

  Sometimes working on something new, gets you to look at something old. I knew I was going to have fun with Mary from the minute I met her. A therapist, she looks at life with a quiet joy and a sparkle in her eye. I was designing a ring for her with a diamond…

Costume gold plated ring with coral, lapis and tourquoise cabochon gems

Costume Jewelry Ring into the Real Thing and Why You Should

Costume jewelry is still jewelry, till you can’t wear it anymore. Do you really love a costume jewelry ring you have?  Maybe it was something you bought on a whim and fell in love with it? Did you get a lot of compliments on it? Did you have to stop wearing it after wearing it…

Untangling Two Chains|Sterling Silver Tangled Chains, with two Push Pins

How to Untangle Gold Chains-Directions and Videos!

Having a Tangled Chain is Like Having No Chain at All. Tangled chains can live for years in your jewelry box. You reach for that chain and it’s irrevocably joined at the hip to your pearl and chain necklace. You say, “grrr, I need to handle that!” And the years go by. I’m not only…

24" long charm necklace in 14kt yellow gold

Charm Bracelets vs Charm Necklaces

The good, the bad and the ugly of charm bracelets. Charm bracelets are so full of love and memories and cute little jewelry treasures. That’s the good news. The bad news is they catch on things, rip your nylons, wreck your sweaters, (the ugly!) scratch your key board and get in the way. What’s a…

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….