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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I love redesigning old jewelry, especially engagement rings. A lot of my female customers didn’t have any input into their original rings. Others — like me — felt pressured to go with a style that was more traditional than what they truly wanted. Redesigning the old rings gives those wimmins a chance to express their […]

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Most of the wedding jewelry I create is made to order, with the customer and I working on a one-of-a-kind design together. Here are a few examples: Lori’s white-sapphire engagement ring. Olivia’s surprise ring. Mindy’s redesigned engagement ring. Two more redesigned rings. But I do try to add new designs to the options I have […]

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

I’ve mentioned before on this blog that I redesigned my own engagement ring years after my 2001 wedding, but I’ve never found a good picture of the original to share. Turns out I wasn’t looking in the right place, because here’s a close-up of my first setting. As you can see, there’s nothing extraordinary about […]

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

I enjoy redesigning my customers’ old, unloved jewelry. I’ve even redesigned earlier redesigns. For instance, I made a ring for my gorgeous sister, Terri Berry, in 2011. The stones originally came from my mother’s ruby-and-diamond cocktail ring. Before I was in the jewelry business, I took the cocktail ring to a local jeweler, who did […]

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I enjoy redesigning old jewelry. If it’s not being worn as is, why not figure out a way to use it again? That’s what I did for myself recently, though, to be fair, it is more a repurposing than a redesign because the change was so simple. I had a black-and-white diamond pendant left over […]

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

I’m going to continue the lazy-ass theme from Tuesday and belatedly do another 2011 wrap-up post. (Actually,  I’m working on something for the Huffington Post, so I’m not being 100% lazy.) Here’s a look back at my Jewels of the Month for 2011. I started off last year with a black-diamond Cleves swan ring in […]

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love redesigning old jewelry. Last month, I described how I started redesigning some of the pieces I got before I started my own jewelry line. My first project resulted in this tsavorite-and-pearl pendant. Sticking with the pearl theme, I next tackled a pair of diamond […]

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

If you read this blog regularly, you know that I love redesigning old jewelry. Here are a few examples: Susan’s engagement ring got a major overhaul. Heather’s diamond earrings turned up on her engagement ring. Terri Berry’s earrings and necklace became new earrings and a ring. In the summer of 2010, I started thinking about […]

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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 […]

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Monday, August 2, 2010

I do a lot of custom work in my jewelry business. A customer comes to me with an idea and I make it a reality. Sometimes I create a piece from scratch, like I did with these dog cufflinks. Other times, customers come to me with old jewelry that they don’t wear anymore and I […]

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