Rubies, Sapphires, and Diamonds, Oh My!

by Jane Becker on 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 as a resource, and refer me to their clients.

One such client had me come over to her home and showed me all of her fine jewelry.  She loves high end and contemporary designer jewelry.  She had several repairs that I took care of for her, and she had a collection of vintage Indian jewelry that she had from her mother that didn’t suit her style.  The pieces in the collection were high karat gold with gemstones.  She loved the gemstones which included rubies, pink sapphires, and diamonds, however the Indian craftsmanship was not to her taste, as her preference leans towards clean lines. 

So we removed the gemstones from the jewelry, leaving us with a nice collection of small round gems which she wanted to keep.  We sold the gold, and since it was high karat, we were able to sell it for a high amount.  Then she had this idea of putting all the gems together in one ring that she can wear for an event that she’s going to – as well as in the future.  In my experience when you have a lot of pink and red gems, it looks really good in rose gold because the rose gold enhances the color of the gemstones.  I suggested that we create a large signet ring in rose gold and artfully place the rubies, sapphires, and diamonds.  

In order to accommodate the number of stones she had, we needed a signet ring that was larger, perhaps, then most women’s rings.  I found a man’s ring that had the surface area we needed.  I was able to bring her a sample of this ring to try on to make sure it would work on her finger.  She loved it and we had it created in rose gold for her ring size.

The next step was to come up with an artful design to enhance the gemstones, and though we’d collaborated every step of the way up until this point, she left this final decision up to me.  The resulting ring was exactly as she hoped for.  She was thrilled with the design and couldn’t wait to wear it.  The last time we spoke she hadn’t taken it off her finger!

Tip:  Just because you see a lot of white gold, silver, and yellow gold – don’t forget different color gold options!  Rose gold, green gold or higher karats of gold all have a different look.  Contact me with questions!



A Bold Earring for a Distinctive Woman

by Jane Becker on September 2, 2019

As a New Yorker I wear a lot of black.  I have an entire drawer in my dresser dedicated to black tops.  But I have this one client who has a very different and distinctive style.   She loves color more than your average New Yorker.  Every time I have met with her she is wearing bold, bright colors.  Her uniqueness is apparent from a block away.  

She had an idea for a unique pair of blue topaz earrings with two different shades of blue.  She wanted them to hang a certain way so they would have some movement, and they had to be light on her ears.  So my challenges were first to find her the gemstones in the two colors she wanted, second to custom design a setting that would move and catch the light the way she imagined them but that were, finally, light weight enough for her to wear for long periods of time.

After several email exchanges of photos and ideas we settled on the above design.  We made a 3D model out of non-shrink silicone, searched for and found the perfect gemstones in two different shades of blue, and eventually ended up with a beautiful earring that she will be able to wear comfortably for many years to come.

I really enjoyed the challenges of working with this client to create beautiful custom (and comfortable!) jewelry, and I look forward to doing it again with my next client!

Tip:  Colored gemstones need to be cleaned properly so that they keep their vibrancy.  The oils from your hands can cloud the color and dull them over time.  Make sure to have them steamed professionally every now and then – and while you are at it – have them checked to make sure that the settings are secure.



From Simple Diamond to Elegant Earring

August 5, 2019

One of the things I love the most about living in New York City is that there is always something to do or somewhere to go.  It is impossible to be bored here.  As a result, the people who live here tend to be very busy and are often pulled in many directions.  Many of […]

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From Beginning to End

July 8, 2019

Over the course of my career, many of my clients have asked me about the process of creating a piece of custom jewelry.  I often tell them there are 8 to 10 steps in the creation of any custom piece, and I thought I’d share them with you today. One of my clients gave me […]

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What to do with Grandma’s diamond

June 3, 2019

One of my friends contacted me because she wanted take her Grandmother’s diamond engagement ring and create something she could wear everyday.   One of the prongs on the ring was broken, so she could either repair Grandma’s ring or come up with an entirely new design.  Since she prefers contemporary styling, and Grandma’s ring was classic style, […]

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Bear Hug

May 6, 2019

This unique bear hug ring (below left) was created for my client’s wife, his “beschert.”  He wanted to give her something for a special occasion that you wouldn’t  find in just any retail store.  Since he likes to give his wife stuffed bears he thought that a bear motif would be fun.  He showed me this image of two […]

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Valentine’s Day Every Day

April 1, 2019

I was commissioned to create two unique wedding bands.  Most couples will try on different rings to see how they fit before they decide to commission me to make a ring.  In this case the couple tried on several bands, and as soon as she tried on a ruby and diamond ring, he told her […]

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Black Diamond Ring

March 4, 2019

A good client of mine recently acquired an 18K white gold and black diamond ring.  This ring was originally inspired by the Sex and the City movie, where Mr. Big presents Carrie with a black diamond engagement ring.  My client loved the diamond, but wasn’t really enamored with the style of the setting. Because I’d […]

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Unique oval engagement ring

February 4, 2019

Most of the engagement rings I make are with round brilliant cut diamonds.  This is the most popular shape of diamonds.  But sometimes I get introduced to a couple who want to put a twist on the classic engagement ring.  This is one such story. I heard from a lovely couple who were told “talk […]

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To sell, or not to sell…

January 21, 2019

To sell, or not to sell, that is the question. I’m always asked “should I sell my jewelry collection, or should I keep it?”  The answer is not that simple.  Is it something that reminds you of a loved one?  Or is just a piece of jewelry that you haven’t been enjoying for many years? […]

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