How to Pick a Beautiful Emerald Cut Diamond

When I was searching for an emerald cut diamond to make Jennifer’s engagement ring, I looked at many different emerald cut diamonds, all with different proportions, color and clarity grades. Here’s a helpful guideline on what to look for: First thing that you’ll notice, when you compare emerald cut diamonds, is their overall shape. There… Read more »

Joel Arthur Rosenthal aka JAR: A Living Legend

One of my favorite Jewelers and one of my idles is JAR, Joel Arthur Rosenthal. His inventive style and his pursuit of excellence in his work and his micro pave setting, have made him a living legend. In fact, he is the only living jeweler who is having an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of… Read more »

Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring For Jennifer

Jennifer’s ring is a surprise engagement ring!  First, we needed to choose the right shape center diamond.  The choice was between a princess cut and an emerald cut.  So I brought in both, to compare, and based on Jennifer’s image and her hand structure, the winner was the emerald cut diamond.  Next, I started looking… Read more »

Golconda Diamonds: What's So Special About Them

It was about ten years ago, at a jewelry show, when I first came across a Golconda diamond. I had never seen one before, but I will never forget how that single diamond was the shiniest and most translucent diamond among all others displayed! I’ve been lucky enough to have seen a few Golconda diamonds,… Read more »

Diamond Fluorescence: Should I Stay Away From It?

My customers always ask me “What is fluorescence?” “Should I stay away from it?” Fluorescence is the visible light some diamonds emit when they are exposed to invisible (UV) rays which is daylight and the light in tanning booths. Submicroscopic substitutions and/or shifts in the diamond structure can cause fluorescence as well as prevent it…. Read more »

Custom Making of Platinum and Diamond Engagement Ring for Lori

Happy, bright, romantic, elegant, classic and interesting is what Lori’s ring is about! Lori’s fiancé-to-be wanted to surprise Lori with an engagement ring that has a round brilliant cut diamond in the center.  I brought in a few brilliant cut diamonds with different qualities.  Matt picked out the best, a 1.04 carat diamond with an… Read more »

Best Way To Wear And Take Off Your Rings!

You’ll be surprised to find out that pressure from your hand when wearing and taking off your ring that has gems on it can be the number one reason for gems to get loose! When wearing or taking off your ring, always hold it from the sides where there’s metal and no gems. This will… Read more »

Custom Making of Kim Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

A very classic, elegant and certainly not-your-average solitaire is what Kim’s engagement ring is all about.  From the top it has a very clean soft look, showing off the center diamond. One look at the sides and you know its just different and very cool! It’s the way the side band curves and races up… Read more »

Custom Making of a Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring for Alison

From the time that I started thinking on how to make Alison’s engagement ring to the time that I actually made it, this ring went through many transformations!  I wanted something very innovative, clean, sharp, interesting and elegant! It all started when Alison’s fiancé to-be, called to inquire about a custom made engagement ring with… Read more »

Custom Making an Engagement Ring with a Vintage Look for Emily

Emily loves the vintage look, and as an artist herself, she’s detail oriented and has a romantic look and style.  Detail oriented hand-engraving, leaves, crowns and establishment is the most suitable look for Emily’s style and hand structure. I started with making the center basket of the ring first.  I did the measurements based on… Read more »