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Hot off the Bench: Skull Engagement Ring

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Skull-engagement-ringHappy Halloween, Everyone! I can’t imagine a better way to say goodbye to October than with this awesome skull engagement ring. A few weeks ago Custom Jewelry was asked to create the most perfect October engagement ring ever, and I’m thrilled that we were able to complete it before the month’s end. Our customer wanted white gold, diamonds, and skulls. Skulls aren’t a request we get everyday, so we took notice. The symbol was special to him and his soon to be bride, and he wanted us to incorporate it into the ring in a subtle way. Never ones to shy away from the unique or interesting, we got to work, and I have to say I’m thrilled with the results.

Skull-three-stone-engagement-ringThis ring features 3 diamonds, two from heirloom family rings, and a third, new one picked by the groom for his bride. To ensure the ring didn’t look too traditional, the diamonds were set as an organic cluster, rather than in a traditional three stone line. The diamonds were then accented with two realistic, but tiny skulls peeking out from underneath them. Deciding the stones and skulls speak for themselves, the ring was finished with a simple white gold euro-style shank to balance out the ring’s top weight. I have to admit, I’m in love with this ring, and haven’t been able to get enough of the teeny, tiny skulls. Custom Jewelry was thrilled to be a part of a ring so original, so outrageous, and so truly gorgeous on the hand.

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Hot off the Bench: Diamond & White Gold Teardrop Necklace

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Occasionally I’ll see a piece of jewelry and become completely head-over-heels obsessed with it. All too often, it’s a piece of jewelry I have access to on a daily basis, and then it becomes a non-stop struggle not to spend everything I earn at our own store. This 2.4 ct (tw) diamond and white gold teardrop pendant is one such item. This is a Custom designed piece and holds approximately 30 diamonds of varying sizes, cascading from smallest to largest from top to bottom. Set in 14k white gold, it has a subtle but intense shimmer. This is a piece I see and get fuzzy headed over. It’s a piece I try on daily. It’s a piece that looks wonderful in its own beautiful simplicity, and it’s currently for sale in the shop. So stop by and check it out, and give me a chance to pull it out and swoon.

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Hot off the Bench: Diamond Infinity Engagement Ring

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When DeBeers came up with the slogan, A Diamond is Forever, I’m fairly certain they didn’t factor the style and panache of Custom Jewelry into their equation, but man o’ man they should have. Recently, one of our customers came in with the concept of forever, diamonds, and the infinity symbol. The result of his concept is this beautiful two stone infinity, diamond and white gold engagement ring that should totally be in an ad of some sort. Wowza!

I loved this project, as it was a bit tricky and it took Lee’s skill to finesse this ring into its beautiful final state. You see, our customer came in with two sentimental vintage stones he wanted to re-purpose into the new engagement ring. This happens a lot, but generally it happens with different types of stones — like sapphires and a diamond — not two diamonds. It may seem simple, but diamonds are tricky. Because each one is so unique in color, cut, and clarity, when you are working with more than a single diamond, you need to match them up in a way where one’s beauty doesn’t detract from the other diamond. Meaning, one diamond could outshine the other if you don’t carefully plan the design of the ring. So, if you are trying to create balance in a ring, as we were trying to do with our infinity symbol, then this get’s very tricky, very quickly, as there is the potential that one diamond’s beauty will make the ring “off-kilter.”

In order to ensure this didn’t happen, these diamonds were set in a joined bezel style setting, both conveying the infinity symbol requested of the design and bringing some symmetry to the diamonds. Then weight was added to the smaller diamond via a beautiful ribbon detailing that draws the eye closer to it, ensuring balance between the stones. In the end, we have a ring that conveys the ever-present love the customer requested, and the diamonds were cleverly combined in a way that was both eye catching and brought out the best in each one. Now, the bride-to-be has a fantastic and meaningful engagement ring that is completely unique to her, and two wonderful diamonds that will last her forever.

 

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Hot off the Bench: Diamond and Sapphire White Gold Statement Pendant

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It’s not uncommon to pair diamonds with sapphires, but every once in a while they are combined in a new, statement-making way that makes you sit up a little straighter and take notice. This was the case with this fabulous diamond, sapphire, and white gold statement pendant we created for one of our clients.

Our very forward-thinking client came to us with a very clear vision. He wanted to make a pendant for his lady love. He wanted to use sapphires, diamonds, and white gold. And, he wanted the pendant to subtly reflect an M and a W, the initials of his love and himself. He even brought in illustrations of what he wanted, depicting the bold white gold lines you see in the finished product below and the stonework that bridged the metal together.

Leaving his vision in the hands of our jeweler extraordinaire, Lee took the illustration, rendered it, and worked his magic at the bench to make it a reality. The finished product is bold, clean, and significant. It depicts the love of two people by smartly joining their initials, and it is sure to make a big impact on anyone who has the pleasure of catching a glimpse of it on it’s wearer.

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Jewelry Repair: Opal and white gold hand fabricated ring

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As a custom jewelry and jewelry repair shop, sometimes we think we’ve seen every piece of jewelry ever created. And just when we get comfortable in that belief, someone asks us to repair a rare piece that even blows us away. As was the case with this hand-fabricated antique Korean ring.

A few months ago, one of our customers brought in a beautiful hand-fabricated white gold setting that was missing its original stone, and its craftsmanship blew our socks off. The ring was a family heirloom that had been passed down to our customer, but the stone had long been missing. Wanting to wear it again, she brought it into Custom to see if we could find and set a great replacement stone into the ring. As soon as we saw it, we answered with a resounding, “Yes, please!”

The thing that made this ring stand out among the many brilliant rings we see, is the fact that it was completely-hand fabricated, meaning, that every part of this ring was hand-made from an individual piece of metal and then soldered together to create its final form. While we employ this form of jewelry creation at Custom, on occasion, most modern pieces that have complex stone setting or filigree work will be wax-cast rather than hand-fabricated, since wax casting creates a more precise outcome. Which is why this piece was so intriguing. It had both complex stone setting and filigree work on the under-bezel, and the craftsmanship was so precise it looked as though the ring was modern and had been wax-cast. The hallmark on the inside of the ring proved that it truly was an original antique, but our eyes could have almost been deceived. Regardless, we were delighted to fit and find the perfect opal for this lovely antique setting, and couldn’t have been more pleased that she chose Custom to work on it.

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Hot off the Bench: Hand-engraved white gold engagement ring and wedding band

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There’s classic, and then there’s fairy tale. When Lee brought over this wedding set — a hand-engraved white gold and diamond engagement ring and flower band — from the bench, I blurted out, “Oh my god, did you steal these from Cinderella?!” To which I’m fairly certain he replied something like “Even Prince Charming needs a jeweler.”

Seriously though, these rings are fabulous. I know it. Lee knows it. And the lucky wearer of them knows it. It’s like a fantasy-garden grew up around her finger while she was sleeping. It’s like a fairy godmother popped out of a pumpkin and turned a garden gnome into diamond. It’s like Aladdin’s Genie floated over and gave her two of Aladdin’s three wishes. They are gorgeous: White gold, impeccable flower details, hand-engraving, and the most incredible little scroll-work on the engagement ring’s shank.

But really the craziest thing about these rings is that there was no fairy godmother, fantasy-garden, or fabled genie. Just a beautiful vision of what the rings could be, and hand-crafted artistry from a master jeweler and a master engraver. These rings were very-much created in reality. Now they’re making the wearer’s dreams come true.

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