Author: Cynthia Britt

How To Take Care Of Your Cultured Pearls

Follow these simple steps and your pearls will say shiny and beautiful like the first day when you bought them. When wearing perfume, first put the perfume on then wear your pearls. The  acid from the perfume damages the nacre. Don’t handle your pearls when you have lotion on your hands. The lotion dulls  the pearl…. Read more »

How Are Cultured Pearls Made

Natural pearls occurred when irritants such as parasites damaged the outer  shell of an oyster and entered into the soft tissue. As a natural defense  mechanism, the oyster produced a coating on the irritant. This coating is the  nacre and it’s built up of many thin layers, resulting in a pearl. It’s a myth that… Read more »

Challenges of Customizing Wedding Band to Match Engagement Ring

Although I absolutely enjoy every single piece of jewelry that I make, one of my favorites is the challenge of custom making and fitting a new piece that would nestle perfectly with an already existing piece of jewelry.  In this case, it’s custom making a diamond wedding band for a diamond engagement ring for a very… Read more »

From Romania With Love

Every piece of heirloom jewelry that we inherit has a story. Story of the craftsman who made it and owner who wore it.  We inherit the piece along with the story and once we custom make and re-vamp it to fit our style, we get to wear and enjoy a piece of history that is… Read more »

The Lion Ring Custom Made in 18k Yellow Gold

This stunning 18k yellow gold ring was made for the customer’s green tourmaline.  I absolutely love micro-sculpting and carving animals.  I originally carved the lions in wax, then I made the body of the ring.  I casted the three pieces in gold then soldered the lions on the body.

Heirloom Cufflinks Re-Designed Into A Ring

I believe that a piece, in this case a ring,  should be custom made for the person’s hand, style and personality.  For my quest to find out about the person I’m making the ring for, I called Laura up.  After our conversation, I had an image of a slender lady, blonde hair, busy with two little kids… Read more »

Heirloom Cufflinks With Jade

This is one of a pair of cufflinks that a customer brought and asked me to take out the jade and make it into a ring for his wife. He explained that it used to belong to his wife’s grandfather.

Master Piece Cocktail Ring Custom Made

Here it is, I call it the “Sunshine” ring.  The fit of the two rings are so precise and the angles of the rays and the diamonds are such that when the complete ring is worn, you can’t tell that it’s actually made of three pieces.  It looks like one ring with rays coming out… Read more »

Side Pieces for Nairi Cocktail Ring

Nairi has long fingers and she wanted to wear her new cocktail ring on her index finger.  My idea was to make these rays of light that would seem they are sprouting from the original ring.  Something very happy that would embrace her original ring from her mom…

Transforming an Outdated Heirloom Ring

This is Nairi’s ring which she inherited from her mom.  She asked me to take it apart and use the gems to make a new ring, some thing more her style, so she can wear it as a cocktail ring.  I don’t think all old pieces should be touched and so was my opinion of… Read more »