A New Ring from Recycled Diamonds

by Jane Becker on 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 pinched her skin and made it impossible to wear.  But she didn’t want to lose out on the opportunity to wear such beautiful diamonds.

After seeing what I have done for other clients by way of my monthly newsletters, she thought of me as someone she could trust with this treasured item.   So she came to me with this challenge – make a wearable piece out of these beautiful gems.  We decided on a ring and set out to design something she could wear comfortably.

I had the diamonds removed from the bracelet and we played around with placement designs.  When we were happy with our idea I had a rendering made.  Once the client could see a visual representation she realized that the ring we had designed would be too wide.  So we removed the outer edges of the design for her comfort.

The final ring is exactly what she wanted and is something she can wear on a daily basis!

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!



A Real Gold Find!

by Jane Becker on 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.  Rick and Joe are diamond dealers.  And I know many more.

I met a lovely woman through a networking event about a year ago.  We had a nice conversation and exchanged information.  She began receiving and reading my blog, while simultaneously watching the price of gold.  She saw the price was going up – and up – and she decided recently that it was time to sell.  We got together and inventoried her collection.  It was quite extensive, including a pocket watch, some charms, and some other interesting and unique items.

Now most appraisers might just take the bag of gold jewelry and give it to a refiner and plop it on the scale and take what they can get for it.  But not me.  Because I have this wide network of dealers and experts in the industry, I took this collection and pulled it apart.  I sold the pieces individually, walking them from dealer to dealer.  At one dealer I met a nice customer of hers – the dealer didn’t want the piece  I was selling but the customer admired it enough to buy it from me.  You just never know where the business will come from!  By selling the lot piecemeal I was able to get more money for my client than I would have by just taking it to a refinery.  And since one piece – the gold pocket watch which had been her grandfathers – was unable to fetch a price she was happy with, I had it fixed and returned it to her so she could continue to enjoy this family heirloom.

I am always transparent with my clients.  I’ll let you know when it is the right time to sell – or if your jewelry should be pulled apart and sold in pieces – or if it might be a collectible or designer piece.  I will always endeavor to get the best price for you, and I will show you an itemized account of what the pieces sold for and what my commission is.  My client was so happy with the process that she came back with more items to sell, and a great referral for me.

Tip:  Selling your jewelry through a retailer means they take a percentage.  The less hands your jewelry passes through the better price you’ll get.  Call me if you have any questions about selling your jewelry!



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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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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