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Dear Jane, help me with my ring!

by Jane Becker on 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 the center gemstone but really didn’t like the setting.

I met her at her home and we discussed what kind of design she likes and how we could recreate her ring.  She wants to be able to wear her jewelry everyday so I didn’t want to create something that would be just for evening.  

Another concern was that the original ring sat up very high on her finger and this ring she wanted to be set lower so it doesn’t interfere with everyday work.  Since I have the same gemstone ring, we compared my ring with hers and I designed a new ring using some components from my design. 

The finished product was exactly what she wanted and she was thrilled when I delivered it.  We have another project we are working on together, stay tuned for the details!

Tip:  When a ring is polished it looks great.  To keep it that shiny and new, store it in a little bag or box so it doesn’t get scratched next to other pieces.

To clean your jewelry, contact me!

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Helping to Sell Inherited Jewelry

by Jane Becker on 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 me to tell my client that what they have inherited is valuable.  This helps them to decide what to do with each piece.

A good example of this is that recently I’ve worked on two separate estates – the first was from a trust and estate attorney who hired me.  He knew that his client had a safe deposit box but wasn’t sure exactly what was in it.  Once he got permission from the bank to take possession of the contents of the box, I appraised each item, photographed them, and gave the entire estate a dollar value.  About a month later, the client contacted us.  They only wished to keep one piece from the estate and asked me to sell the rest.  Over the course of several months I have collected a dollar value that is very close to the appraised value.

A second estate I worked on recently, started as a referral to a client who wanted to custom make their wedding bands.  Before we met she asked me if I work with estate jewelry.  I told her yes, I did, and during our meeting she showed me all these lovely pieces that she inherited from her mother but was never going to wear.  I was able to sell them for her and as of today those sales have covered most of the cost of her custom wedding bands.

This just shows the power of knowing the value of your jewelry so you know how to proceed.

Tip:  When you have an older piece and you want to sell it, do not polish or repair it, as it will diminish the value of that piece.

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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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Winter 2013-2014

March 11, 2014

As we endure one of the coldest and slushiest winters in recent memory, I was so happy to once again create a warm and sparkling respite for the public at my annual event at the Terrace Club overlooking Rockefeller Center. For those who missed it, I introduced an exciting new twist. I sent out an […]

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Annual Jewelry Show

April 19, 2013

As the year rushes to a close, I hope you’ll pause a moment as I share some of my holiday excitement by recapturing special moments for you from my Annual Jewelry Show at the Doncaster Showroom. If you missed it, let me describe the work of some extraordinary designers, offered at amazing discounts. First off, […]

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