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Remaking a Grandmother's Ring in Rose Gold

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Remaking a Grandmother's Ring in Rose Gold

My client's grandmother passed down a family ring to her, but it was worn thin and had colored gemstones in it. We decided to redesign the ring, based on the original design. We used diamonds from a pair of old earrings she didn't wear anymore. Using heirloom diamonds in a new piece of jewelry is a great way to give them a new lease on life! Above, you can see the new ring and the old ring side by side. Do you have old jewelry that you don't wear anymore? Dust it off and turn it into something new! Send...

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Creating New Jewelry from Old Jewelry

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Creating New Jewelry from Old Jewelry

  Can You Make New Jewelry from Old Jewelry? The answer is YES! I can take gemstones out of your old jewelry and remount them into a new piece. Pick a piece of jewelry from my website and we'll set your stone into it. Or, we can create something totally new and unique for your heirloom gems. We can also recycle your silver, gold, or platinum metal and put the proceeds towards this project. Reasons for Redesigning Your Jewelry There are tons of reasons you might want to re-purpose your old jewelry, including: Update the style of your jewelry Move...

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Resetting a Customer's Opal Gemstone

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Resetting a Customer's Opal Gemstone

I took my customer's opal (and the bezel it was originally set into), and created a brand new custom right hand ring. We decided to go with a engraved flower and vine pattern that gives off strong vintage vibes. A simple twisted wire halo directs your gaze back to the main focus: that gorgeous, rainbow flecked opal.Want to give new life to your heirloom gemstones? Let's make something fabulous together! Send me a message to get started.

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Custom Jewelry for Her Mother’s Birthday

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Custom Jewelry for Her Mother’s Birthday

Livy mentioned to me that her mother had an old yellow gold and amethyst gemstone ring that was gathering dust in her jewelry box. Her mother didn't wear it anymore because it seemed a little outdated; she wears white gold jewelry these days. Livy wanted to breathe new life into the family heirloom, and as a fine custom jeweler, I helped her do exactly that! We decided to create a new one-of-a-kind ring in 14kt white gold that Livy and her siblings could give to their mother as a birthday gift.   The Jewelry Design Process I've designed a number of...

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Custom Design Story: Heirloom Ruby Ring

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Custom Design Story: Heirloom Ruby Ring

The Perfect Gift: Anniversary Jewelry Thomas wanted to create a custom piece of jewelry to commemorate his 40th wedding anniversary. He asked around for recommendations for the best Philadelphia fine custom jeweler. Not to brag, but he told me he heard "Here's the latest word on the street re: custom jewelry design. This from a friend who knows the scene. Christine Alaniz." How exciting is that?     We chatted about what type of jewelry his wife prefers, if she wears white or yellow gold jewelry, and when, where, and how often she'd wear a special piece of jewelry. After...

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