How To Collaborate With Your Designer

by silvermarc on February 7, 2021

I have really enjoyed working with a particular client of mine who has her own sense of color and comes with a considerable amount of design experience.

When we work together, we know one another’s strengths and easily share in the design process. She chooses gems that catch her eye; and I in turn, design around the gemstone, keeping in mind her specific taste, style and aesthetic.

A critical component of a shared design process is always finding out how my clients will wear their jewelry. 

For example, looking at this featured ring: A pinky ring sitting this high on the finger needs a specific choice. This is a delicate style that may get knocked around a bit if the client isn’t aware of when they want to wear it and what activities they’ll be engaged in while wearing it.

She knew she would wear it on her pinky, and so we discussed its exposure, which is greater than when worn on other fingers. My knowledge of the mechanics of jewelry making allowed me to adjust and highlight her preferences and aesthetic for the most successful outcome.

ametrine and diamonds 22k gold pinkie ring by jane becker fine jewelry redefined

Based on my experience, here are some tips for working with a designer: 

Know your strengths and the strengths of your designer.

• Tell your designer what you don’t like, and what you do like.

• Ask your designer to reiterate back to you exactly what you are saying. 

• Ask for them to show you samples and suggestions.

• If they aren’t asking you for input, the process is not really collaborative.

Clearly communicate your taste.

• This client chose to draw pictures for me.

• You can also find images of what you really like and send those via email.

• Or, ask your designer to send images based on what they hear from you and respond with the selections that stand out.

• Give thought to how often you will wear the piece, and what your job is. (Some clients fall in love with a piece only to discover they can’t wear it during their daily life.)

Trust your designer.

• Have confidence that what you have communicated and seen as a sample is exactly what you want.

• If you still aren’t comfortable, ask to be shown a sample at every step of the process. This is what I do with my clients. Some don’t want to see it, some do. It’s all up to you.

• Take the time you need to take. Never make decisions feeling rushed.

• Clear communication is essential in creating a custom piece of jewelry.

Being a jewelry designer with over 35 years of experience in the industry, I can look at a gemstone, know how it needs to be set, and how to design around it. These are my strengths, and I look forward to working with you in 2021.

Take Care ~ Jane    (212) 923-3328


Diamonds Don’t Spoil

by silvermarc 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