So this year not only do I get to be the at the bench presenter at mjsa expo, i am also the technical editor for the new book mjsa is publishing. the book is full of jewelry making skills and techniques.
MJSA ExpoThe Show for Professional Jewelry MakersMarch 11-13, 2018 • Jacob K. Javits Center, New York City
Sometimes your customers describe you better than you ever could. check out this fantastic video produced by one of our customers. and check out his site,https://redbankpulse.com/
This is an ENGAGEMENT ring that was posted on a FB page I follow. UNFORTUNATELY some jewelers think this is acceptable work. notice THAT the far right prong DOESN'T ACTUALLY touch the diamond. it is also way too thin, allowing it to catch on fabric and probably break off. not good.
JMD is moving to its new location. were only moving a few doors down the street but this has been a ton of work. We will let everyone know just as soon as we are having our grand opening. But we are now at 64 white street right next to hobbymasters and
When your child survives a horrific car accident, what do you do? after alternately hugging and scolding (not necessarily in that order) you pick up the pieces...literally! Our customer picked up a piece of the broken windshield and brought it to us to make a little memento. together we designed this silver medallion featuring atlas shouldering the weight of the world, balanced on a platform made of broken glass. it's designed so the glass is set in such a way that you can see it from both sides of the piece, although you can't see through it anymore. Hand engraved on the reverse side is a personal inscription.
Jewelry should capture the emotions of the memorable events in your life. harness our experience, skill and creativity to help you create the most personal pieces of jewelry you will ever own.
There's nothing like the warmth of rose gold. No wonder it's made such a comeback in popularity. people are even copying the look with rose colored silver to avoid the cost of gold, but let's face it, nothing feels like real gold. read on to learn more about the exquisite custom rose gold and champagne diamond wedding ring set below!
How much more gorgeous is it when you set champagne diamonds in rose gold! we styled the engagement ring for our customer last year with her initial as the supporting gallery for the center diamond and two deep cognac diamonds on the shoulders, so it was a natural choice to go with a rose gold and champagne diamond eternity band as its mate. The eternity band features the same richly-hued cognac colored champagne diamonds, beadset by hand into the 14-karat rose gold. although it's a relatively standard anniversary ring style, we custom made this setting to ensure that the rose gold alloy matched the engagement ring, and we wanted to be certain that the setting was a nice, solid, sturdy mounting to support all those diamonds and to stand up to everyday wear and tear. you can easily find cheap, lightweight eternity bands online, but they won't last like a good, hand-crafted custom eternity band. we make our jewelry to be well-loved and worn hard, not to live a sad life trapped in a jewelry box.
What is the value of jewelry anyway? is it just a dollar value based upon supply and demand? is there any truth to the saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder?" what about the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure?"
traditionally, the value of a gemstone is based on three things: 1. the rarity 2. the durability 3. the beauty. So a rare and beautiful sapphire is worth considerably more than a simulated stone.
metals of course are divided into base metals and precious metals whose value is determined by the world market.
some pieces, because of the prominence of the artist, rise above this method of valuation of materials. others accrue value over long periods of time as they become antiques or collectibles.
in the end, the real value of jewelry has much to do with the way it was acquired and how much the owner likes it. a trinket gifted by a loved one may have more value than a genuine jewel in an unattractive setting.
tHIS IS A SIGNED vintage Schreiner brooch - a collectible in like-new condition! online you will find comparable pieces ranging from $395 to $800. this one has a coppery hue which is very popular now, and an interesting array of colored stones. i have not seen one exactly like this particular piece.
it's an outstanding one of a kind!
while this textured and appliqued brooch is pretty, it is not a signed piece and is not collectible. the center purple stone is not genuine. the pin itself is brass and is fairly substantial in weight and appears to be well-made.
online prices for such a piece range from $10-40.
stamped "made in west germany" and plated with a gold-colored metal but not stamped, assumed to be base metal. The stones are very sparkly because they have foil on the backside (hence the name "foilbacks") and some of the smaller stones are missing. The plating is worn off on one part. probably from 1960's - if it were in better condition, it might be worth $30.
Shopping online. We all do it nowadays. Let's face it, it's the best place to compare prices and get the lowest price you can find. It's also convenient - you can shop at 2am in your pajamas, and your stuff gets delivered sometimes overnight.
But what do you do when you need help with something...when you need real, in-person customer service? That's a serious concern when it comes to jewelry.
don't worry - we got it. that's what we're here for.
Take this ring for instance. our customer purchased the diamond online. he did his homework and checked with us to see what we thought, and we were happy to advise! Then he brought the diamond to us and expressed his wishes and concerns about what he wanted for the setting. you may not notice, but there is a tiny fleur des lis in 18-karat gold inside the ring, as well as in the detail work of the gallery under the stone - so what seems like a fairly plain-jane setting has more to it than what you see at first glance.
This is the culmination of our joint efforts - needless to say, she said yes!
That's what we're here for - all the little details that make your jewelry as personal as possible. and we're here for you after the fact, too, with that customer service that no one else seems to have these days.
we want to be your jeweler.
hand engraving is making a comeback. Often its too small to realy see but we recently had the oppertunity to engrave bells for our local church.
married for many years, our customer decided it was time for her wedding diamonds to have a new setting. her original set was a tall solitaire with a "jacket" style wedding band. she had a new wedding band - a two-tone claddagh ring that was very stylish, but it could not be worn with the diamond rings. She also felt that the existing ring was not practical, especially for a teacher with a busy lifestyle.
She had never had a custom ring designed for her before, so we took our time, working together to create a ring that would work perfectly with the new band, that would have the two-tone element, and that would use the existing diamonds to maximize sparkle. We also sought to have the rings fit snugly together but not overshadow the claddagh detail. having a practical ring that was comfortable and low on the hand was also a goal.
we jumped on the idea of a halo around the center diamond, with a trefoil knot to help secure the center stone and also to add a bit of celtic magic to complement the claddagh. We considered a wider band to offset the center stone so that less of the claddagh would be hidden under the halo, but then opted to make it slightly narrower than the new band for the sake of wearability. white gold for the diamond setting, and yellow gold for the shank made our two-tone decision fairly easy. that method of assembly also allowed us to accommodate a much lower position for the center stone - just enough clearance for the band to fit up underneath, but still enough to show off the diamond.
The response at pickup today?
"Thank you for filling all of my hopes and wishes. my ring is absolutely magnificent!"
There are many things that set custom-designed jewelry apart from mass-produced jewelry, but the personal meaning behind a custom piece is arguably the most important difference. As we browse through the picture books that make up our portfolio here at The Art of Jewelry, we are reminded of the story behind each and every piece we’ve made. Most are happy celebrations of momentous occasions and milestones in our customers’ lives. Others are bittersweet - poignant memorials between customers and loved ones who have passed.
I think of this part of our webpage as a forum for sharing the stories and the thought behind the pieces - with emphasis on the painstaking efforts that go into making certain that each piece precisely reflects the emotions invested in it.
With our customers’ permission, here are some of our favorite stories: