Why Custom Engagement Rings Are Best

by Jane Becker on 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 time frame, at the right price. As I say, “It’s not my money, it’s yours, and you’re the boss.”   She had found a style she really liked from another retailer and asked me to appraise the ring, but we found it was less valuable than what they paid. Our solution was for me to recreate the style with cleaner and larger diamonds.

I called one of my favorite diamond dealers who generously put a collection of emerald cut diamonds together, reminding me that he doesn’t do this for anybody else (he usually gives me the diamonds and says “Good luck, let me know what the client says,”) but this time he invited all of us into his office outside of the diamond factory.

We scheduled three meetings to take place over four hours and all four of us sat and found the perfect center diamond, two matching emerald cut diamonds that flanked the center, and twelve smaller diamonds for the shank of the ring. He custom made the setting in under a week so that the third time she came, she was able to put something on her finger.

The original diamond they looked at had so much fluorescence (fluorescence refers to a diamond’s tendency to emit a blue glow when subjected to ultraviolet light) that it diminished the value of the diamond.

Interesting to Note: Most jewelers stay away from flourescent diamonds, but if you’re going through some retailers, they don’t necessarily tell you this. My clients had no idea until we pointed it out to them.

We found the larger emerald cuts with no flourescence and had to sort through 150 smaller diamonds to find twelve that did not flouresce for the shank.

 My goal is to educate my clients so they know exactly what they are getting. Most people focus on color and clarity, but it’s also about the cut and carat weight, and then further, when you read a gemalogic report, all the other fine points of buying a diamond that a gem expert like myself can point out to you.

TIP: Remember when you’re washing your hands to use care with your rings, and to wash underneath them, not just on top of them. I’ve gotten into the habit when I get home of taking off my shoes, then my jewelry, and then washing my hands. Wishing you all safety and good health! – Jane

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Wearing Two Hats: Appraisal And Design

by Jane Becker on August 3, 2020

I love what I do as a designer and a fine jewelry appraiser. They are not the same skillset, but they overlap in unexpected ways.

When I first met this client, she was referred to me by an insurance broker. She had two pairs of earrings, lost one of each pair, and needed a legal appraisal to submit to her insurance company in order to claim her loss.
We submitted it, and she received the total value of her earrings. She was so happy with my work, she mentioned she had some pieces of jewelry that she was no longer wearing and needed to sell. To my surprise, I arrived at her apartment to find the entire dining room table covered with jewelry.
I appraised 38 pieces and took my time negotiating the best prices for her jewelry. Two and a half months later, we completed the project despite the fact that she and her husband were traveling around the world.
There was one piece in her collection she really liked and wanted to keep – a tanzanite ring surrounded with diamonds set in 22K gold that she had purchased years before in Mumbai.
My suggestion was that we redesign the piece.
finished redesign tanzanite pendant jane becker www.jbjewels.com #finejewelryredefined
The Finished 18K Yellow Gold Tanzanite Pendant #jbjewels

We created a pendant design out of the tanzanite gem, using an 18K yellow gold with a classic chain so it could be worn two different lengths.

Even when I am working on appraisals and the selling of estates, there may be a special piece that you really like. My unique capability as an appraiser and a designer allows you a choice:

You have the option to redesign, as well as sell, your jewelry when you work with me.

 TIP: With the current state of the economy, gold prices are at an all-time high. This is the best time to have your jewelry appraised for insurance or for sale. I can travel to you, or we can meet at my Midtown location. Masks are always required. Contact me for an approximate valuation of your collection. 

Take care, Jane www.jbjewels.com   (212) 923-3328   jane@jbjewels.com