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Bear Hug

by Jane Becker on 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 bears on their hind legs (below center) which was his original inspiration.  I worked closely with him to understand his vision, and then I translated this idea into a ring of two bears hugging.  The model ring (below right) was created by my 3D model maker.  Over several drafts we came up with this design, with emphasis on the detail of the bear fur.  Our collaboration as designer and client was complete in this wonderfully unique 14K white gold ring!

Tip:   If you have an idea for a special piece of jewelry with a lot of detail, contact me – I can help!

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Valentine’s Day Every Day

by Jane Becker on 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 he liked it “because then it’ll be like Valentine’s day for you every day.”

For his ring, he liked the idea of a knot style design, but did not want a Celtic symbol.  But a similar symbol, the “Sangha” symbol, had deeper meaning.  A Sangha is a community of like minded people, who listen deeply and speak kindly to each other.  Adding this symbol to a wedding band supported their idea that their marriage would be a “Sangha of Two.”

After many tries we got the designs just right and now they are on their way to a lifetime of Valentine’s Days!

Tip:  When custom making a ring, you should try on many different styles first to get a true sense of what you like.

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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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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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