Jade

Jade is the gemstone name for two different mineral forms, Jadeite and Nephrite. These two minerals can be identical in appearance and are similar in their physical properties. Until modern times no distinction was made between the two different types of Jade. As scientific methods improved it was discovered that, however similar they appeared, their…

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…