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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

by Jane Becker on 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 elegant design.  My goal was to find an unusual clasp that would make the necklace look more contemporary than just a traditional design.

I searched around the fine jewelry market and found this unique gold clasp that can be used for pearls as well as other beads.  I had the pearls professionally strung so they lay perfectly straight on the neck.

She loves the pearls and now she can wear them more often.

Tip:  When you take off your pearls wipe them down with a shammy cloth or silk scarf to remove any excess oils that may discolor the pearls.  Lay them in a drawer, box, or pearl folder.

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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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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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