Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Like a lot of small-business owners, I spend my free time sitting at the bar, telling my friends and random winos that my career would be MADE if only a huge celebrity bought something from me. Well, I think my overnight success must be nigh because Kim Kardashian‘s 72-day marriage is over and who should she come to for that pesky unwanted-engagement-ring problem besides moi?
It would be awful to try to return the ring to the original designer, Lorraine Schwartz. Lorraine has probably used that money to pay bills already! Your personal mistake shouldn’t be her business problem. Because I specialize in redesigning jewelry for any reason whatsoever, I’m ready to step in and help. I’m envisioning a pendant and non-matching earrings, heavy on yellow gold and medieval influences to get away from that typically “engagement-ring” look.
Kim, here are a few of my custom designs that used existing stones. Some were turned into other engagement rings; some into something new entirely. Click the photos for more information.
As you non-Kardashians can see from the above examples, you don’t have to be a reality-show star to get a piece of jewelry redesigned. Just holla at me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com, tell me what you’ve got and what you’d like to do and what your budget is. Let’s talk!
UPDATED TO ADD: Maybe I spoke too soon, Kim. If you plan to get engagement/married a lot, don’t do anything with the diamonds right away. Wait till you get some more and then make a major piece like the late actress Paulette Goddard did. In his book Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up, Bob Colacello quotes Warhol-crony Goddard as saying of her diamond necklace, “They’re all my old engagement rings. I always sent back the setting and kept the rock.” Oh, the ruthless glamour of it all! That’s a design I’d love to do.