It was a wonderful stormy weekend in Mill Valley. We brought a little sunshine into our day with a stack of yellow diamond and sapphire rings.
In our last blog we demonstrated the steps we take to achieve a custom design using our client's stones. In this post we show what happens once we have decided on a drawing. Using double sided tape we stick the gemstones to the drawing and begin to reproduce the drawing in precious metal, in this case platinum and eighteen karat gold. The final photograph shows the finished emerald and diamond ring.
Recently we took apart a bracelet and we had a pile of diamonds and emeralds. That was fun but we had to figure out, long distance, what our client wanted her new ring to look like. Janet Alix sat down and started to draw, then she emailed the drawings to the client and revised, and revised again. Below are six of the designs we didn't make. Check back next week to see photos of the winning design in the process of becoming a ring.
Giving a gift of jewelry can be as joyful an experience as receiving it. But when you don't know if the jewelry will fit there can be a tense moment when your mother/sister/wife or dear friend opens that precious box. This is where the necklace comes to the rescue.
A necklace is a forgiving piece of jewelry; the same piece might be longer on one woman and shorter on another but it doesn't much matter - necklaces look good in every length. The best part is she can take it out of the box, put it on, and look and feel beautiful right then and there.
Today we finished and delivered a beautiful custom design. The center stone is a marquise diamond. As diamonds go a marquise is a delicate shape - the two points are vulnerable to getting knocked and chipped. For this ring we wrapped the client's diamond in platinum and made a strikingly simple band of brushed twenty-two karat gold to support it. Perfect!
Every morning we take our jewelry out of the safe and arrange it in the jewelry cases. You might think we would get a little bored but instead we are always making new discoveries. One of our favorite games is "Stack Of The Day". A stack of rings that might be impossible to wear in real life but that look just gorgeous together.
We put together this stack of ocean colors for all the water baby Pisces girls to dream on.