Unique oval engagement ring

by Jane Becker on 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 to whoever you want, but before you make a decision, talk to Jane” by his boss, who happens to be a contact of mine.  Upon meeting them they told me exactly what they wanted – they had done their research – they knew the shape, the color, and the clarity of the diamond they wanted, as well as the ring design.  But because they knew what they wanted they told me no rush – they wanted to find the perfect diamond before moving on to the next steps.

When custom making a piece of jewelry you always create the model around the gem, so the first task was to find the diamond.  Because of a very good contact of mine, I was able to find a diamond that was to their specifications at a very good price.  The next step was to create the model around the diamond.  Once it was done and it was approved by the couple I was able to cast it in 18 karat yellow gold and fit it perfectly to her finger.  The final ring design was exactly what they wanted.  With the ring on her finger they were able to make the official announcement to friends and family they’d all been waiting for!

Tip:  There are four C’s to grading a diamond.  Color, cut, clarity, and carat weight.  Most people concentrate on clarity and color, but overlook the cut.  This is a very important characteristic.  Please contact me on how to properly read a gemologic report.


To sell, or not to sell…

by Jane Becker on 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?

I have two examples of just this situation.  One – I was contacted by a lovely woman whose husband bought her numerous pieces of jewelry over the course of their marriage, but she doesn’t see herself wearing them any longer.  She kept a few pieces that she loved and the rest she asked me to sell.  Due to the fact that the price of gold is high, I was able to negotiate well on behalf of my client.  Over the course of a month I sold each piece separately and got her very high prices for her collection.  

Two – A woman who had her grandmother and great-grandmother’s jewelry that she has never worn.  These were signed pieces of jewelry that fetch a higher price than an item that is not signed.  Again, since gold was at a high, I was able to negotiate a very good price on her behalf.  

I suggest that you go through your jewelry on a periodic basis to see which pieces you actually wear and which  have meaning to you.  If you aren’t wearing it, consider whether you’d like to redesign it or sell it.  Contact me for either option – I specialize in the redesign of fine jewelry – or I can use my expertise to negotiate the highest price on your behalf.

Tip:  As you follow the stock market, I suggest you also follow the price of gold, as I do.  


New life for Mom’s and Grandma’s rings

January 7, 2019

As an appraiser I’m invited to many events to learn about different techniques in appraising jewelry as well as art.  While I was at one such event, I met a lovely gentleman who mentioned to me that his wife has diamond rings that she inherited that she is no longer enjoying.  One ring was from […]

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Unique Dog Tag Pendants

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 […]

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An Elegant Triple Strand Pearl Necklace

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 […]

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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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