Lorrie’s Custom Designed Ring Goes National
Before I tell You About Lorrie’s Ring….
As a Santa Barbara Jewelry Designer, I’ve been asked how I can design in so many different styles when many Jewelers have a certain style that they stick too.
I addressed this very question a year ago when I spoke in New York at the MJSA EXPO. (MJSA is the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America)See my blog post about it.
The Gist of My Talk at the MJSA EXPO
My design inspiration is a lot wider and far reaching than my skill level.
Many Jewelers excel at certain skills. They tend not to design with details they haven’t mastered. I love to design things that I have no prayer of executing completely.
So I lean on my much respected specialists in hand engraving and complicated gem setting styles when I design beyond my expertise. It is their specialization that allows me to create the wild and unique custom designed ring styles that I do.
MJSA Liked Lorrie’s Ring
MJSA Journal recently did a great follow up article on the topic of jewelry designers collaborating with other jewelry industry experts to reach beyond our comfort zones in their designing.
They used my design of Lorrie’s custom designed ring as the big splashy image to start the article and quoted me inside it as well. I had to share!
Lorrie’s ring is a great example of a unique custom design ring using collaboration to be born.
Lorrie’s Unique Engagement Ring
When Lorrie and I started working on
the design for her engagement ring I wanted to really include her personal style. I found the phrenology head in her logo for her Web Marketing Therapy business to be visually gripping.
Since her business is such a part of her life I asked if we could do a riff on her logo with shapes and gaps in between. Lorrie said “yes.”
This led to her unique mixed shapes and textures custom designed ring. To keep with the unusual style, I chose cognac and canary color tiny side diamonds which look great inside the oxidized border areas of her design.
Lorrie’s Ring is a Star
It’s pretty cool when a national magazine uses your ring as the picture. But that’s perfectly fitting since Lorrie Thomas Ross goes all over the country speaking and educating businesses about her favorite topic “online marketing.” So it’s perfect that her jet setting ring that has traveled with her all over the country is now being seen in a magazine all over the country.
Would You Like To Throw Some Unique and Unusual Elements into Your Next Ring?
Check out my website: www.callagold.com
Or call me for a free chat about your next design. 805-963-4157
Hi. Thank you for this great post on Custom Jewelry Design 🙂 I found what I’m looking for through your excellent jewelry image-tastic website. Also I’m a graphic and animation designer.
Thanks for coming to the blog and letting me know what you think!
Lorrie does our web marketing for us, so I have seen this ring in person. Really striking. Nicely done Calla! Great to have such a talented personal jeweler right here in Santa Barbara
Thanks for letting me know how you like Lorrie’s ring. I love that she does your web marketing. She’s awesome that way.
Calla Gold Jewelry-I love your designs, and how you accomplish your vision with the help of other talented people. It’s a great way to learn and grow. It’s so hard to know everything, and be good at everything in anyone’s field. Collaboration is our reason for living-I think.
I’m with you on the idea of not trying to be perfect at all the skills in your field.
It is wonderful to collaborate with amazingly talented jewelry professionals.
Great blog post Calla and congratulations on getting featured in the mag!! This design is very enigmatic and alluring. Awesome work!!!
It is pretty exciting being in MJSA! I appreciate your comments on the design too!
Congratulations for going national! I know that your skills, entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative gifts (woo :)) will be inspiration for many!
Dr. Lynn K. Jones, Certified Personal and Executive Coach
I am so appreciative of the fact that Lorrie’s ring went national myself. Designing it was stimulating and I’m so proud to see her wearing that ring!