Jewelry Design and Function

In the past few weeks I’ve had three different clients who have been given misinformation by other jewelers.  It’s frustrating.  The first was a client who wanted to alter a ring she didn’t wear often to hold her children’s birthstones but was told that if the gemstones were set low (her preference), they would not be secure and would probably fall out.  Not true.  If the prongs were configured and built properly, the gemstones would stay in the ring just fine.  The second client was looking for a way to commemorate her husband who had passed a few years ago and wanted to use husband’s wedding band in some way.  Before she came to us she was told she could really only make a pendant with it, and she wasn’t sure she would wear a pendant often enough.  We designed a way for her to use his ring with her engagement ring so she could wear his ring every day, keeping him close, which was her ultimate goal.  The most recent client has a larger emerald, cut to maximize the color, so it’s very deep.  She was told the only way she could set it into a ring was to custom make a ring for around $5000, which is ridiculous.  There are ready made parts which can be altered to fit the deep gemstone starting around $1300, depending on her final design goal.  Could she spend $5000, which is out of her budget?  Of course.  Does she need to? No.  We love working with clients to design sentimental and beautiful jewelry that is wearable, functional and practical, using their existing pieces or designing something entirely new.  If you’ve had a jewelry design idea and haven’t been able to execute it, stop in.  We’ll be happy to give you our thoughts on your options.

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