Diamonds Don’t Spoil

by Jane Becker on October 29, 2020

Last year I was commissioned to create a diamond ring using diamonds from an antique bracelet. (Link to that post here.

My custom creation was admired by another woman who wanted a similar but unique design for herself.  She too had antique jewelry she was no longer wearing, but loved the idea of reworking the diamonds. 

As we know, no two pieces of jewelry are alike, and even similar pieces look different on different people. 

I was honored to be able to create something based off of one of my own designs. 

We started at the beginning of 2020, just before the pandemic arrived. Even though I wasn’t able to produce her ring initially, due to safety concerns, we kept in touch on a regular basis. As soon as the fine jewelry market re-opened, I was able to pick up the casting I’d had made months earlier, and proceeded to have the diamonds set. 

In the following photo, you can see my initial diamond layout. 

From there, I had a custom model designed, and then the ring was cast in platinum. When I delivered it to her, she was so excited that all she kept saying was, “I hope it fits, I hope it fits, I hope it fits.”  And of course, it did, perfectly.

See how similar they are? And yet, they truly are two completely different rings.

Click here for the unboxing video on Instagram:

TIP: I always say that “Diamonds Don’t Spoil.”   If you have diamonds in a piece of jewelry you are no longer enjoying, they are still valuable and can be recreated into jewelry that you will want to wear every day. Reach out to me with any questions.

Take Care, Jane    (212) 923-3328 


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


Infinite Love

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.  […]

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Why Custom Engagement Rings Are Best

August 24, 2020

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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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 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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