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New life for Mom’s and Grandma’s rings

by Jane Becker on January 7, 2019

As an appraiser I’m invited to many events to learn about different techniques in appraising jewelry as well as art.  While I was at one such event, I met a lovely gentleman who mentioned to me that his wife has diamond rings that she inherited that she is no longer enjoying.  One ring was from her mother that was an anniversary band that had broken, and the other, from her grandmother, was a diamond ring in an antique setting.

This was an easy fix for me.  I remade the anniversary band and we looked for a contemporary design for the antique ring that she was attracted to.  We went through my collection of jewelry and she loved one of my designs.  I reconfigured my design to fit her diamonds.  The finished product is a new white gold ring with her grandmother’s diamonds.

Tip: to keep your diamonds looking bright, periodically clean them in a soapy solution or have them steamed out.

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Unique Dog Tag Pendants

by Jane Becker on December 3, 2018

A while back, one of my very good customers contacted me in reference to creating this unique necklace for her.  One of her sons is in the U.S. Army and she wanted to keep him close.  With that in mind, we designed these unique, custom-made dog tags.  The pendants are made in white gold surrounded by black diamonds and engraved with her sons names.  Although smaller, the shape of the dog tags are as you would see in an official dog tag, with the diamonds mirroring the black rubber border, and the white gold chain designed to look like the type of chain used by the Army.  The length of the necklace is such that it sits right next to her heart, so she can feel her children with her always.  

She’s gotten a lot of compliments on the piece.  If you have an idea for a unique necklace for yourself, please contact me!

Tip: All white gold jewelry is dipped in rhodium to keep it looking pristine.  You should have your white gold jewelry checked at least once a year to keep it looking shiny and new.

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An Elegant Triple Strand Pearl Necklace

November 5, 2018

A very nice woman was here from London for a short period of time.  As a gemologist, and someone who has been in the fine jewelry industry, she was used to having all of her jewelry custom made.  When we met she wanted to recreate her long pearl necklace that had broken in to a shorter, more […]

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A Unique Pair of Tanzanite and Diamond Earrings

October 1, 2018

A good friend of mine went on vacation and bought this beautiful tanzanite and diamond ring.  She loves this ring, but then realized that she wanted a matching pair of earrings to wear to her brother’s wedding. She told me that she would just buy a pair of costume earrings but I told her “No! You […]

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Recreating Grandma’s Garnet Cluster Ring

September 3, 2018

My client inherited this lovely ring from her grandmother but felt the style was a little dated.  As a young woman in the fashion industry she wanted to have something she could wear everyday and that would be a timeless design that can carry her from season to season.  We designed a ring and a […]

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From Many Rings, One Distinct Design

August 6, 2018

A while back a lovely gentleman had an idea to create a one of a kind ring.  He inherited a lot of rings from various members of his family, and wanted to create one special ring to honor them all.  He had an idea of creating a ring that looked like the surface of the […]

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Transforming a bracelet in to a beloved necklace

July 2, 2018

I met with a lovely attorney who has a very successful practice in midtown Manhattan.  She told me that a while back she was gifted an emerald and gold bracelet that she disliked and would never, ever wear.  She asked me for my design expertise in to how to fashion the bracelet in to a […]

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Beloved Mother’s Jewelry

June 4, 2018

One of the best parts about being a jewelry designer is that I get to help to capture the feelings behind every piece.  I was contacted by this wonderful woman who inherited her mother’s blue topaz jewelry, which was her birthstone, and she wanted to redesign it to remember her mother. After several discussions, she […]

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Dear Jane, help me with my ring!

May 7, 2018

One nice thing about having a monthly newsletter is that I reconnect with people I haven’t spoken to in a while.  A perfect example of this is that I was contacted by a wonderful woman who loves colored stone jewelry just as much as I do.  For years she had this lime citrine ring.  She loved […]

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Helping to Sell Inherited Jewelry

April 16, 2018

Periodically I am asked to appraise inherited jewelry for insurance, estate tax purposes, or simply to know the value of each piece.  Everyone wants to know the value of their jewelry so that they can enjoy it themselves, pass it on to the next generation, sell it, or even repurpose it.  It’s very exciting for […]

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