Category Archives: Custom Jewelry

Art is timeless

Here’s an example of why I love doing what I do. I just received this beautifully crystal opal ring in that I designed for a client in 2001, who now lives in California. It looks like something I would do today, clean and simple… contemporary classic and still valid 14 years later. The challenge was…

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Men’s Gifts: Jewelry!?

Jewelry is very much a ladies’ game these days, but it was not always so. Going back through history, from the Indian Maharajahs to King Solomon, a man’s wealth and power was displayed via his personal adornment by jewelry: the more the better; the bigger the better. Even through the turn of the 20th Century,…

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Christmas is Closing In

This is just a friendly reminder that the holiday season is upon us. Christmas is now six weeks away. That’s it. That’s the amount of time most special orders take, so your window to have me order or make something in time for you to have it by Christmas is rapidly closing. Special orders from…

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Introducing Dabakarov

I just picked up a designer line that has actually been around for about thirty years. Over the course of its history, Dabakarov has evolved to keep up with the trending styles of jewelry. While I personally believe that trends are as fickle as the sea, and a truly fine piece of jewelry is timeless…

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Ancients Collection

I keep a modest collection of old coins and seals. I think they’re cool, and I seek out ones that are more unusual because of their provenance or because I appreciate their visual appeal. My Ancients Collection goes hand-in-hand with my Roma Collection and pairs well with designers such as Kurtulan and Steven Battelle. The…

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Why Solder Your Rings Together?

Wedding season is entering the 7th Inning Stretch, and so there’s a practical decision looming on the horizon for brides coming back from their honeymoons. Or maybe your wedding is coming up in the last half of this year; this is a question you’ll eventually have to answer, as well. “Should I get my wedding…

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Zircon – December Birthstone

Zircon, another of December’s official birthstones, can be described by a single word: sparkly. Zircon gets noticed. Zircon breaks up white light into its spectral colors – a property called “dispersion” – almost as well as diamond does. Anything that can compete with diamond’s optical properties deserves a shot as the centerpiece for a jewelry…

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December’s Latest Birthstone – Tanzanite

Ever seen a clear night sky away from the city lights? The deep swathes of velvety blue and flowing violet swirl together into a richness artists have tried to capture for centuries. Stars are flung across the heavens: points of light glimmering in white and yellow and red. I could get lost gazing up into…

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Turquoise – the December Birthstone

Turquoise is so versatile. It can take several different, readily recognizable forms, and each one suits a totally different style perfectly. And the history of this stuff is a trip. Have you ever laid on your back in the grass on a summer day and watched the clouds roll by? The cotton balls drift past…

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December Birthstones: Turquoise, Zircon and Tanzanite

December sort of has the corner on birthstones nowadays. With the induction of another selection by the American Gem Trade Association in 2002, there are now three official birthstones for December: turquoise, zircon, and the newest, tanzanite. So which way do you go? Well, that depends on what’s important to you in a look, and…

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