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Transforming a bracelet in to a beloved necklace

by Jane Becker on 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 wearable piece of jewelry.

I came up with a design using the emerald settings shown below and incorporating them in to an open link necklace.  We placed each emerald on a link of of the necklace so when she wears it you see the emeralds and gold.

She wanted a piece that she can wear during the day as well as evening, and this design satisfies both.  This is something that she’ll wear for many years.

Tip:  Emeralds have natural oils in them, so never put them in jewelry cleaning or an ultrasonic bath.  Have them professionally steamed as well as treated with oil if needed.

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Beloved Mother’s Jewelry

by Jane Becker on 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 mentioned to me that she had a favorite pair of earrings.  With that in mind, I used the gold and gemstones from her mother’s jewelry to make these unique, one-of-a-kind earrings.  I was able to match the blue topaz gems so the earrings are a perfectly matched pair.

We also had other gems and I made a pendant and a few other pairs of earrings.  We still have blue topaz left so we can continue this project.  The best part is that she’s wearing her mother’s jewelry, and because she had enough gold to cover the cost of the redesign, she didn’t have to pay out of pocket.

Tip:  Topaz are on the softer side, so keep them protected and have them cleaned annually to make sure they stay as brilliant as possible.

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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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A Gift From Her Favorite Aunt

April 2, 2018

My client was gifted a ring from her favorite aunt.  The ring was in a platinum setting with two diamonds, one on each side, but with no center gem. She wanted to keep her aunt close so the best design for her was to create a necklace that would be close to her heart.  Creating the […]

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Brazilian Gems

March 5, 2018

Has this ever happened to you? You go on a great vacation, do some shopping and come back with something that you know you will wear.  Years later the earrings, gems or clothing are still sitting in your drawer. Well this happened to one of my clients.  She went to Brazil, Rio de Janeiro to be […]

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A New Design of an Old Favorite

February 5, 2018

I met a lovely woman who was looking for a very specific gold and diamond necklace.  Her husband and she looked all over New York City to find this specific style but couldn’t find it.  Months later she met me!  I was able to take her silver necklace and recreate it in to a gold […]

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A Diamond Ring for a Special Birthday

January 8, 2018

I was referred to this lovely client who was celebrating a special birthday.  When we met, she wanted to recreate her diamond engagement ring in to a new and contemporary setting.  She knew that she wanted a white gold ring, so together I helped her to create a unique ring to fit her style.   First […]

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Lesley’s Sapphire Engagement Ring

December 4, 2017

A good friend of mine referred me to his brother who wanted to get engaged and create a unique ring for his girlfriend.  Bob and I spoke several times about the design that he wanted.  He chose one of my designs, the only issue was that he lives in California and I am here in […]

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Emerald and Diamond Ring

November 13, 2017

I was recently contacted by a lovely woman who inherited several pieces of jewelry.  My client preferred that I travel to her home to appraise each item.  She told me that most of the jewelry was not her style and wanted to sell it, but there was one special emerald and diamond ring that she […]

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