It is a rare and wonderful occasion when I am friendly with both individuals in a couple and can collect information first-hand. It’s even better when both people have plenty of opinions about the piece that will take up a permanent place of residence on her finger. That was the case with this ring, and I had a blast making it.
The fun thing about working with friends and customers in New York is that I get to make a variety of rings that are very unique to the individual and their personal style. The super stylish woman that is sporting this ring can often be seen in cropped motorcycle jackets, chunky gold jewelry, and fabulous heels.
Making engagement rings for friends and family is the true definition of a labor of love! This project was for a person who qualifies as one of my oldest friends - a person in whose backyard I played as a kid, in whose company I learned (the hard way) about the woes of mixing liquors, and in adulthood serves as an invaluable connection to home and family.
An increasingly common concern for a lot of my customers is the ethical integrity of the materials used in the creation of a ring. Though the majority of diamonds these days are protected under the Kimberley Process, it does have some loopholes that are disconcerting to many. The most reasonable alternative option is to source the diamond from a Canadian mine, or to consider a colored stone alternative.
My sister is our father’s daughter. A fairly obvious statement, but what I mean is that she is the spitting image of our father with his Armenian olive skin, brown eyes, and dark hair. My French/Irish mother and I used to joke that they could both get a tan under a 60 watt lightbulb. As a result, there are few other stones that look as good on my sister as a nice yellowy-orange Citrine.
Finding and purchasing a piece of jewelry can be an intimidating process. It doesn't have to be. While many people assume that custom-designed jewelry is reserved for the wealthy and discerning, I feel strongly that quality custom design can be available at every price point. I take pleasure in shepherding my clients through the design and selection of an engagement ring, a push present, a re-design of an old family piece, or something else entirely. As a GIA certified Graduate Gemologist with several years of experience on both the wholesale and retail side of the industry, I am happy to use my network and expertise to make any vision a reality. Whether you are purchasing your first important piece of jewelry or adding an investment piece to your collection, it should be about YOU.Contact Me
Buying a diamond engagement ring can be, and often is, a terrifying concept.
Perhaps one of the most basic decisions when determining the details of the setting, it is a subject of great debate and opinion. As with the rest of the elements of the ring it depends largely on your specific preferences and priorities.Read More