Jane Becker

The Real Charm of This Design

by Jane Becker on September 24, 2020

Did you ever have a charm bracelet? One that was your own, or one your mother handed down to you?

I do, and I find that most women do. These are highly sentimental pieces that tell the story of your life, or your family’s life. Yet, unfortunately most of us keep them in a drawer, not to be worn for many years.

Why? They aren’t fashion-forward right now, and jewelry, like anything else, is susceptible to trends.

So what do you do with a piece of jewelry you love but are no longer wearing? You contact me at JB Jewels, and we’ll come up with a redesign you’ll love to wear.

This client contacted me back in February before the COVID-19 pandemic happened, and we agreed to take the charm bracelet her mother had gifted to her and re-create it as two new pieces of jewelry.

She wanted a pair of symmetrical earrings with mis-matched charms that had movement, and I also created a matching necklace with the remaining charms.

During my design research, I discovered a totally new necklace that is all over social media, called a paperclip necklace. The style is perfect for what we needed.

I attached a clip mechanism on each charm which allows the wearer to move the charms around the necklace or to wear only a few at once.

I believe that all jewelry should be enjoyed, and that’s why redesigns are some of my favorite projects.  What was old is new again!

TIP: With the price of gold at an all-time high, this is the perfect time to redesign your jewelry instead of investing in a new piece. Something like this can be done in less than a month.

Take Care, Jane

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Infinite Love

by Jane Becker on September 24, 2020

I received a call from a man who said he was dating a dear friend of mine, wanted to make her a special necklace, and that I had come highly recommended because I could custom design it for her. 

He told me “I want her to love it,” so we involved her in the design process. 

I showed her samples based on what she said she wanted and ended up creating a one-of-a-kind white gold and diamond infinity necklace specifically for her.

The back had engraving on it (her name and his) and was designed so she could wear it at different lengths. On the front face of the infinity symbol, I layed in a double row of diamonds. To highlight the pendant, we selected an unusual and beautiful chain. 

I was excited to see her reaction when she opened the box. Her smile said it all!

TIP: Custom necklaces can be designed to be worn at different lengths to flatter you and what you wear. If you want to customize this for yourself, just contact me and I can help you out with that. 
Take Care, Jane

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Why Custom Engagement Rings Are Best

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I’m so happy for my friends when they get engaged that I don’t necessarily need them to hire me to custom make their engagement ring, because my friendship is more important to me than the sale.   With that in mind, this particular couple trusted I would make exactly what they wanted, in the right […]

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Wearing Two Hats: Appraisal And Design

August 3, 2020

I love what I do as a designer and a fine jewelry appraiser. They are not the same skillset, but they overlap in unexpected ways. When I first met this client, she was referred to me by an insurance broker. She had two pairs of earrings, lost one of each pair, and needed a legal appraisal […]

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Art Deco Bracelet To Ring Transformation

February 10, 2020

Have you ever owned a piece of jewelry that you absolutely loved but couldn’t wear?  I’m thinking of those of you with family heirlooms that are precious but perhaps too heavy, too large or small, or are not comfortable to wear.  A client of mine had such this exact problem – a beautiful art deco bracelet that pinched her […]

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Re-imagining Grandma’s Pearls

February 10, 2020

Three times a year, the Jewelers Association shows at the Javits Convention Center in NYC.  It is divided up into three sections: the American section (with new designers as well as established designers) the Italy section (very unique aesthetic, some of the wildest designs out there) and the Hong Kong section (diamond heavy, very glitzy)  Since […]

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Everyday a Rainbow

January 6, 2020

People always say to me, how did you get in to the jewelry business?  When I was a young woman I loved rocks which led me to study geology.  I loved mineralogy, and that led me to gemology.  Sitting with my head in a microscope and analyzing gems was a particular talent of mine which […]

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A New Ring from Recycled Diamonds

December 2, 2019

Have you ever owned a piece of jewelry that you absolutely loved but couldn’t wear?  Sometimes the most beautiful piece of jewelry isn’t really wearable.  It may be heavy, or too large or small, or simply isn’t comfortable to wear.  One client of mine had such a problem… she had this beautiful art deco bracelet that […]

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A Real Gold Find!

November 4, 2019

I know a lot of people in the fine jewelry industry.  Most have expertise in a specific area.  Julie has a large Asian clientele, so she focuses on the specific tastes of her community.  Steve deals in antiques and collectibles.  Harry focuses on modern and contemporary jewelry.  Edward is in high end antique pieces as well as fine gemstones.  […]

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Rubies, Sapphires, and Diamonds, Oh My!

October 7, 2019

A few months ago I was honored to be asked to speak at NAPO, the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals.  They gave me the opportunity to talk about how I appraise, sell, and recreate inherited jewelry.  A lot of the professional organizers that I met as a result of this opportunity now use me […]

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