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Art Deco Bracelet To Ring Transformation

by Jane Becker on February 10, 2020

art deco bracelet to ring transformation redesign by jane becker at jbjewels.com
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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 skin. We met at NAPO (National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals) and she reached out knowing I could help her by redesigning this bracelet.

She let me know that she trusted me because she had been following these monthly postings, and offered the challenge – to make a wearable piece out of these beautiful gems. We decided on a ring. 

I had the diamonds removed from the bracelet and we played around with placement designs, making sure to incorporate all the diamonds without looking like a second engagement ring. From there, I scaled one of my designs (on my website, see image 21 of 30) into a visual representation she would love.  We narrowed the band and removed the outer edges of the design for her comfort.

The final ring is exactly what she wanted and something she can wear on a daily basis! She’s one of the best professional organizers I know, and I’m delighted for the piece we created together. It’s such a pleasure when a client turns out to be so gracious; it makes me feel good to work with good people.

Tip:  When creating a custom designed ring for yourself, don’t forget to consider the size and weight of the overall design before going in to final casting.  You wouldn’t want to end up with a ring that you can’t wear!

Contact me directly at janeatjbjewels@gmail.com to schedule your transformation today.

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Re-imagining Grandma’s Pearls

by Jane Becker on February 10, 2020

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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 I do my own designs, I tend to look for new and established suppliers to buy materials like strands of colored gemstones (some of my favorites) and druzy, if I can find good quality.  I’m honored to be invited to every show, and this year the October 27-29 show was the last push before the holidays. 

This year’s winners are pearls. Pearls are versatile, as they are re-imagined and re-designed in our fashion lexicon, they’re very on-trend right now and will be for awhile.

A lot of my customers have communicated to me that pearls remind them of their grandmother or their mother, but that their own style is not “classic,” yet pearls go with everything. It’s just a matter of how you wear them.


At the last show, I bought two strands of pearls with different colors and had them strung, but they were a little too short for my taste. This time, I returned to the supplier and found an additional strand of the same quality, size, and color that I could use to extend the strand length. 

Now, I wanted this to be clean and simple, all pearls and no metal accents. Why? I’d like to wear this strand with anything. The strand doesn’t have a clasp; it’s one long line of multicolored variegated pearls, so you can tie it in a loose knot (chic and elegant), loop it without knotting it, or design a clasp that can attach at different stations on the necklace to change the length, depending on what you are wearing.  This is what I’m going to do. 


You don’t have to have five different strands of pearls; you can have one strand. With multicolored pearls and a beautiful clasp, you can wear a piece like this in at least three different ways. You can lock it in the front, wear it to the back, or with two clasps, you can wear it as a bracelet.  You also have the variability in this one piece to wear your pearls below the breastbone or above, which prevents the bouncing-effect. 

I’ll share an update with you when the clasps are finished. Let me know if you have pearls you’d like to re-imagine!  Sincerely, Jane

TIP: When you have cultured pearls, each and every one is perfectly round and calibrated, but these days people are also buying by price point. So, freshwater pearls are a wonderful way to update your collection. Keep in mind that freshwater varieties are off-round and sometimes have blemishes. I like to work with both types of pearls, as well as incorporate different fresh colors into a single design. 

Reach me directly at janeatjbjewels@gmail.com to set up a re-design today.

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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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A Bold Earring for a Distinctive Woman

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 […]

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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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