Designing Custom Jewelry


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Jewelry designing is not for someone who finds decision making daunting!  My assistants would say that disqualifies me immediately! The truth is I am a pretty good decision maker after years of experience except when faced with a thousand different gemstones, colors, cuts and other materials! Now add all the possible charms like the special one I use on my Buddha Necklace, our popular Breathe Deeply, our Lucky Elephant, Om and Lotus...That’s the dilemma, but also the fun of it.

So how does one chose? Obviously the prettiest combination and the trending styles make influence your choice, but I just ask myself-would I like to wear that right now?

A new piece starts with a simple design, an experimental color combination, and a choice of metals. Then the fun begins, much to the chagrin of my assistants. I usually like to see it in a few variations. At the end of this process there may be a number of new designs and maybe a coordinating collection of bracelets, earrings or necklaces.

But the process of deciding does not end here. I consider pricing- can I make something most people can afford? Do I have the materials in stock? Should I add diamonds? How long does it take to make? All of these considerations go into the mix.

Then I try it on- uh oh..can we change this to silver and make it longer? What if we….I can drive my assistants crazy.

In the end, my collection of handmade jewelry is affordable, pretty and well made. The final result is well considered. If the design is good my customers are going to like it.

Colored Stones!


Did you know that emerald, sapphire and ruby are the most popular gemstones for engagement rings if you prefer not to go with diamonds? The stones are durable enough for for everyday wear and typically look great in vintage and antiques jewelry settings. Before I started making my own jewelry,  I was passionate about antique jewelry (over 100 years old) and vintage style jewelry (under 100 years old with an old world charm!). Guess I still am.

An interesting fact- most colored stones have inclusions and blemishes- so cut and color, not clarity,  are the most important considerations when purchasing them.

Colored stones are a great option because they can be less costly than a good quality diamond and can be more distinctive. Put one in an antique setting and and you have a stylish one of a kind ring with a great up to date look! You can comb antique shops, flea markets and jewelry stores for the setting you love and than have a good jeweler set it with stone of your choosing.