Shakespeare In Love

This piece is the result of a collaboration with two clients whose first names are Brandon and Audrey. I realized this as I was privately consulting with them over a cup of coffee in a mug with the Old English Shakespearean definition of Brandon transcribed on it. Brandon. One who loves Audrey. I fell in …

In Praise of Appraisals

It’s September, which for a lot of us, is really the start of the year. It’s when we take care of administrative things on a to-do list that went all summer without getting addressed because, “hey, it’s summer”. And although I love to make corny jokes in most of my posts, this one is all …

The Trifecta

This summer I had the pleasure of working on two pieces that were a departure from the white metals my clients usually request.     The first piece to come to fruition was a two toned engagement ring with a bezel custom created for the dimensions of the center stone, which was exceptional because of …

The Surgeon’s Pendant

I have the pleasure and privilege of working on many different pieces, some well into the six figures. But it is the most thoughtful that stay with me. This piece, simple in its design but extraordinarily complex in its execution, was designed by a client of mine who intended to create it before he even …

Tickled Pink

Below is a picture of the Idol’s Eye. The center stone is 70.21 carats.             It is one of a very small subset of elite stones mined in India at a time when (for hundreds of years until the 18th century) India was the only known source for diamonds. The …

Cocktails, Anyone?

Maybe it’s because I’ve been pining for a night out on the town, but lately I’ve been enamored with cocktail rings. Big, beautiful rocks in minimal settings that make me think of those ring pops I wore as a child. Only one is required in a jewelry wardrobe and there’s something wonderfully mesmerizing about a …

The Star of Africa

September 2009   I admit it. I am, at heart, a total diamond geek. When it comes to diamonds, my technical background combined with my jewel-lust make me equivalent to that guy who goes to Star Trek conferences and will only speak in total, uninterrupted Klingon. My hubby recently whisked me away to London for …

Cultured Diamonds

I find that my clients are a very conscientious bunch, and I really love that about them. One of the first questions that always comes up is “Are your diamonds conflict free?” It comes up before we ever discuss pricing or settings. The answer is, “Yes, they absolutely are.” I never obtain diamonds from sources …