I was always picking up rocks- as a child my room was full of them. Learning how to set them was a natural progression. Joining that skill with my second love, history, brought about Jeweled Legacy. I restore vintage treasures.and create pieces that I hope will be worn and enjoyed into the next generation. I have spent the last twenty years working on jewelry, and can honestly say that it has been an amazing experience. I've worked on a ring from the Titanic Auction in 2004, a diamond, ruby and pearl butterfly that was made in Austria in the late 1790's, and set doubloons from sunken Spanish galleons. And there i was, afraid my history degree would go to waste...

Custom Anniversary Bands

These custom built anniversary bands were made using diamonds from a ring she inherited. We pulled the stones, sketched several designs until we had the look she wanted and then carved the wax. We cast and finished the design with 14k yellow gold and set her diamonds.

Custom Jewelry Fabrication and You

Made another anniversary band to go on the other side of her wedding set, and Denise said “Can we add a diamond on each side in that empty spot?” So we did, and the results are brilliant. Never be afraid to make suggestions or ask questions when getting work done, your input is vital (and…

Arthritis and Your Jewelry

Arthritis sucks. A lot. I don’t just say that because I have it and today’s rainy weather made it flare a bit. No, I say that because people tell me sadly that they can’t clasp necklaces or bracelets. They hold up their swollen finger joints and tearfully relate how long it’s been since they wore…

History- Belais and White Gold

This classic 18k white gold band was made by Belais. The company was founded by David Belais in 1863 and would remain in business until 1933. They created many beautiful pieces, but they are best remembered as the creators of white gold. They didn’t actually invent white gold, but they were the first US company…

Vintage Compact Hack

Compacts were such a huge part of the Hollywood Glamour- there were thousands of designs and women bought them to match outfits the same way we buy shoes. I love the look of them, but I knew that they weren’t making many of the refills (and certainly not in Alabaster, which was the closest match…

How do I know how old it is?

People ask me how I can date old jewelry- it’s not like it comes inscribed with the year it was made. Which is true in the literal sense, but there are a great many factors that, when considered together, can tell me the age of a piece. How is it made? The type of closure…

The Truth About Jewelry Repair

We’ve all heard the stories. I think they perpetuate because people don’t know what we really do, so I am going to take the mystery away. The first thing I am going to tackle is stone switching. Everyone knows someone who knows someone who had their diamond switched. Frankly, I cannot imagine anyone walking in…