Why live on the edge when you can jump off it?

Bungee jumping was far down on Roshini’s list of favorite things to do. (In fact, it wasn’t even on the list!) So, as she and Vickram stood on the observation deck of the Seattle Space Needle, she was wondering if the man she had shared the last five years with really knew her at all.

The night had gone so well up until that point, she thought. They enjoyed a great filet mignon at the Metropolitan Grill and were taking a stroll afterward when he surprised her with tickets to the most recognized landmark in Seattle. Now Roshini doesn’t like heights, but she does like Vickram, so in the elevator she went.

As they traveled up to the deck of this 605 foot symbol of Seattle, Roshini’s mind flooded with thoughts about her relationship with Vickram and the hurdles they had overcome to be together in the United States. (It was certainly better than thinking about the view of the city from dizzying heights!)

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE CHARMINAR…

It all started at the Google offices in India in 2011. Roshini and a group of colleagues were sitting around the lunch table griping about the mysterious developer who had created a new system for tracking metrics. Although the system was a huge success, it made their jobs much more difficult, and, as they were verbally wishing him a bit of “ill will,” a voice at the end of the table spoke up. “I’m him… I’m the guy you’re talking about.”

Well, as you can imagine the air got sucked out of that room pretty fast. Roshini was undaunted, however, and she tried to engage Vickram in a conversation. As was his nature, Vickram chose to use as few words as possible to respond. (Perhaps that was a tactic learned through years in military school, or his time in the army? Perhaps he was shy? Or, just perhaps, he was none too happy that she had been bad-mouthing him a few minutes earlier?) Whatever the answer, Vickram’s monosyllabic responses were just the challenge Roshini liked.

 

Motorcycles, Music, and Masala Dosa

Time passed and, slowly but surely, Roshini found ways to converse with Vickram. She was even clever enough to ask him for dating advice so she could get to know him better! Eventually, they turned from friends into “more than friends,” as the pair spent their time together sharing a mutual love of delicious food and great music.

Roshini also supported Vickram’s love of motorcycles, and a year into the relationship he purchased his first bike. From that moment forward he set his sights on racing, and it was this passion that would eventually change the course of their relationship forever.

 

Commuter Chaos

Cut to December 2015, on a BART train where yours truly is crammed in commuter congestion. As I attempt to take up as little space as possible, I notice a “manspreader” in the two seats reserved for the handicapped. Then, as the doors are about to close, a handsome young man breaks through the crowd and plops himself down on the semi-empty handicapped seat, accidentally touching the leg of the manspreader. “Hey, what do you think your doing?” the manspreader says angrily to his new seatmate, “you better watch yourself!”  The handsome man pulls a crutch closer to his body and apologizes gracefully, “I’m partially blind in one eye and I didn’t see you,” he says through the din. It was painful to witness.

My mind started racing. What should I do? Should I call out the offender for his behavior? I wanted this young man to know that I felt for him, so I tapped him on the shoulder and said, “I’m sorry about that,” as I pointed to the inhumane human sitting next to him.

Well, I’m pretty sure that was at the Powell Street station, because by the time we arrived at El Cerrito I had heard all about Vickram’s career move to the United States and the motorcycle accident that had initially left him with over 40% vision loss, many broken bones, and serious brain damage. When I told him what I did for a living he looked quite surprised, and then smiled. It was fate, he said, as he was planning to propose to his girlfriend sometime in the next year. He asked for my card and said he’d call when it was time to create her ring. Then the train stopped and we went our separate ways.

Kismet in Action

Months passed and periodically I would think about Vickram and wonder how he was doing. Was the surgery he had after we met a success? Was Roshini able to get her Visa and permanently join him in the United States? Did his mom forgive him for finding out that he had a girlfriend of four years when she caught Roshini spoon-feeding him in the hospital? I found out this, and more, when my phone rang about six months later. “Do you remember me?” he asked. “Remember you? How could I forget you?!,” I responded. And within the week we began to plot out Roshini’s dream ring.

     

To Infinity and Beyond!

And now we return to 2016 and the Seattle Space Needle, where Vickram had said he was going to jump. Roshini knew he was a thrill seeker, and she was willing to watch him, but when he asked her to join in it was just too much to take. The look of alarm on her face necessitated an explanation, and he assured her it was only a metaphor. He took out the ring and asked if she would leap with him into the unknown and accept him as her husband. She said, “YES!” and extended her left hand (only to realize their bag of leftovers was still in it). Then they both laughed knowingly at themselves, each other, and the mystery of life as they had so many times before.

And THAT, my friends, is how Vickram met Roshini (and I met Vickram). 

A love story that almost wasn’t written

From setting-up to settling down: When a good friend knows best

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At some point in our lives, we’ve all had that well-meaning friend who insists that we would be a great match for someone they know. It’s a story that usually ends in, “Whatwere you thinking?!,” or, at best, a funny tale to tell at dinner parties for years to come.

Good things happen to those who wait (Or, should I say, “avoid?”)

Nadia Kennedy had a feeling that her friends Janet and Prentice would hit it off…if she could only get the two together in the same room. Much to her chagrin, the future lovebirds did an excellent job of avoiding each other for well over a year. Nadia was not going to give up easily however, and arranged to meet each of them for dinner at the same place and time one fateful night in 2011. “I was immediately attracted to his easy-going, genuine personality,” Janet said. Prentice felt similarly, “she had the most beautiful and warm smile; I instantly felt comfortable and that I could just be myself in her presence."

Flash forward

Five years passed and the couple often spoke about their hopes and dreams of building a life together. Unbeknownst to Janet, Prentice was secretly plotting to design a custom engagement ring and craft a proposal that Janet would never forget. Julianne, his friend from work, sent him my way. (Click here to read Julianne and Pat’s story.)We hit it off immediately, and a very collaborative process ensued.

Narrowing down the choices…

Narrowing down the choices…

 

An imperfectly perfect day: Boba, Bison, and Bling!

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The platinum and diamond ring was completed just in time for Prentice’s surprise proposal and I waited with baited breath to hear how it all went down. Here’s the proposal story, as Janet shared it with me…

I had just finished submitting my applications for residency and was lucky to get a long weekend off. Prentice offered to plan our time together and would only tell me that we were having dinner at a nice restaurant one evening. Work kept me from being on time the morning of our proposal, but Prentice waited patiently for me. I tried to coerce him into telling me what our plans were as we drove to San Francisco, but he would only say that we had some time to fill before going to see the bison at Golden Gate Park. Along the way we stopped at Purple Kow, my favorite boba restaurant in SF. We then went to see the bison, but, unfortunately, the bison didn’t want to see us.

We opted for Plan B and decided to walk around a nearby lake. It was a beautiful day and I suggested we spend sunset at Twin Peaks (where Prentice had taken me after our first date together). “Coincidentally,” Prentice already knew when the sun would be setting that day, so we headed toward the vantage point when the time was right. As we approached our favorite spot I thought it was odd that Prentice kept driving, but he said he wanted to go somewhere a little less crowded for a change.  We eventually found a secluded spot and started our trek up the mountain. Prentice held on tight to me as we battled the gusty wind - my hair was blowing all over my face and I could barely see anything! We made it to the top and enjoyed a beautiful (albeit cold) sunset. As the sun was setting, I remember Prentice saying such sweet things to me, and before I knew it, he was on one knee asking me to marry him!

And then someone popped out of the bushes…

Moments after the proposal.

Moments after the proposal.

A (very cold) friend of ours was hiding at the top of the mountain and came over to take photos of the special moment. After that, we went to our car and called our family and friends from the parking lot. Quite some time passed before I asked Prentice when we were going to dinner. He seemed to be stalling, but eventually typed the restaurant into his GPS and we headed out. I didn’t know it at the time, but he had typed the wrong location into his phone so that he could surprise me yet again! When we arrived at our real destination, Prentice led me to a gazebo in back where many of my family and friends were waiting to celebrate with us. He and my sister had even flown my mother up from Los Angeles for the party, which was the icing on the cake of an already perfect day.

A man of many talents

I like to have professional photos taken of some of my custom projects, and this ring was one of those pieces. The shots were great, but Prentice wanted to try his hand at capturing the beauty of Janet's ring through his own eyes. Photography is one of Prentice's many talents, and I was thrilled to receive these stunning photos shortly after the proposal:

Check out prenticew.com for more great photos.

But wait! There’s more…

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The story doesn’t end there folks, as Prentice had another idea up his sleeve. He had originally wanted to incorporate a medical theme into the engagement ring, but we decided it would limit the design process. Still wanting to celebrate all of Janet’s hard work while in medical school (and not wanting her to lose her newly acquired ring), he decided to design a necklace from which she could safely hang her ring when her duties required jewelry-free hands. This would be his first Christmas gift to Janet as her fiancé.

Well, the piece was such a success that I am now crafting and selling the stethoscope-shaped pendant in silver, gold, and platinum variationson Etsy. Best of all, Janet modeled the piece for my marketing materials!

 

 

The partnership continues…

As I write this story, I am in the process of designing Janet’s wedding band and ordering a great band for Prentice. I feel so honored to be this lovely couple’s jeweler of choice and look forward to following their love story for many years to come.

 
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A Colorful Valentine’s Day Love Story

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When I met “Tomily,” it was my first experience with a couple that is so close that they had merged their names into one for correspondence. I knew immediately that this adorable pair would stop at nothing short of stunning for a ring to commemorate their romance of ten years (and counting).

 

Pictionary: the next match.com?

Tommy and Emily first met in college after their two best friends started dating. They were introduced at a house party that Tommy was throwing where partygoers were encouraged to draw on the walls in the basement. They found themselves in a drawing competition where they took turns drawing themselves as famous duos.

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The jury is still out on who won… ;)

Wiser than their years

Tommy and Emily knew it was love almost immediately, but were very young when they met. After dating for three years in college, they decided to pursue their futures in different states. They spent two years apart, learning more about themselves and growing individually, before deciding to move to the same city. They fell in love all over again, the timing was right, and they knew it was truly meant to be.

Weather vs. sentiment

Tommy originally planned to propose in Ann Arbor, where he and Emily first met, but he couldn't convince her that going to Michigan in February would be a fun vacation. (Have to say I agree with Emily on that one.) They wisely chose Maui instead.

Tommy planned a 3AM trip to the top of Haleakala to witness the famous sunrise from above the clouds, as it would be the perfect moment to pop the question. Mid-vacation they made their journey up the ancient volcano and watched an amazing sunrise (along with 100 other tourists) as Tommy fingered the ring box in his pocket.

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With early morning temperatures at around 40 degrees, one by one, the other tourists headed down the mountain for warmth, but Tomily’s Michigan weather training allowed them to be the last couple standing. Suddenly, Tommy dropped to one knee and proposed with a speech he admits to having practiced more than a few times in front of a mirror. He presented Emily with a gorgeous diamond (in a temporary setting) and Emily said yes before they both burst into tears of joy!

Will the REAL ring please stand up?

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Soon after returning from their romantic excursion, I received a message from Tommy asking if I would meet with him and Emily to design her dream engagement ring. In Emily’s words: “I had some anxiety because I had a vision in mind and wasn't sure how it would translate. I had admired Kate Middleton’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring, but wanted to reverse the color scheme (i.e., have a diamond center stone with a halo of blue sapphires).”

Together we explored their idea further and determined that reversing the color pattern just didn’t look as good as they had hoped it would.

A few weeks into the process, they decided to switch course and chose an all-diamond ring set in platinum.

Although the halo-style ring design was fairly straightforward, there were still many decisions to be made along the way. What size would the accent diamonds be? What would the “basket” of the setting look like? How high would the diamond be from the top of her finger? And so on.

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We played with the dimensions of the piece so that it looked perfect on Emily’s finger and put the main focus on her gorgeous 2+ carat center diamond.

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And they lived happily ever after…

Once all of the details were decided, it was time to turn this image from ink and paper to metal and gemstones. The excitement, and nervous energy, was palpable as we waited for my goldsmith to work his magic. In what seemed like forever, but was actually only a few weeks from that point, I was able to present Emily’s finished ring in all its platinum and diamond glory.

Here’s Emily again: “Gigi was so exceptionally patient, open, and helpful at every step of the process. Her ultimate goal was clearly to deliver a ring that we would be thrilled with, and we had a great time collaborating with her. The finished product was more beautiful than we ever could have imagined. I have never been so smitten with a piece of jewelry in my life.”

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

 
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Photography by Kien Lam

Repost: Mom’s Diamond Gets a New Life!

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My mom was married back in 1963. She and my dad spent countless weekends camping, but that didn’t bode so well for her wedding ring. Within the first year of marriage, her ring somehow was lost at a campsite. (I completely think some squirrel picked up the sparkler and hauled it back to his home in a hollow tree where it still lives today, but that’s just my theory.) At any rate, mom lived the next 25 years with just her wedding band…no diamond.

Then one night in Carmel, dad surprised her with a new diamond ring for their 25th wedding anniversary. He had spent SO much time and effort researching just the right stone for the ring. To say she was surprised was an understatement. I remember her calling me on the phone, and she was so in shock she could barely speak!! Originally it was set in a traditional prong setting, but years later, she had it reset into this platinum design.

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Mom hasn’t worn her ring for a few years now, and it was just collecting dust in her safety deposit box. Then something wonderful happened. My brother met the woman of his dreams, his true partner and soulmate, and found himself in need of an engagement ring. Well hello, diamond! What can we do with you?!

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You may remember reading about Atelier Gigi a while back, and I knew she was the woman for the job. The first step was sending the diamond down to the GIA to have it appraised. Gigi then gathered photos of various ring designs. She wanted to find out what attributes my brother liked, and what he didn’t like. Using this information, she started sketching. She came up with a few options, but my brother and I both fell in love with this one.

With the clean, modern setting and the two half-moon diamonds on either side, it was just perfect.

I knew my sister-in-law to be would swoon! Gigi brought in some choices for the side diamonds, and I was able to help select the ideal set, as my brother doesn’t live locally. I’m impressed how we were all on the exact same page throughout this process.

A few weeks later, the ring was ready. Mom and I went up to the city to pick it up. It turned out even better than I could have imagined! Here are a couple photos Gigi took with her iPhone….

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Has your jaw hit the floor yet?!

Mom transported the ring up to my brother’s house, and he had to hide it for a whole week. I can envision him opening the box that week and peering into its depths; I know he could barely wait for the proposal to take place.

Fast forward a week, and my brother and his soon-to-be bride were off to Tahoe for a surprise over-nighter. I must say, she was NOT expecting to be proposed to on the gondola in Heavenly…but she said, “YES!!”

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Just writing this story brings tears to my eyes. My family is extremely blessed to have Tricia and her son in our lives. I wish her, my brother and their three children a lifetime filled with love, happiness and adventure. Can’t wait for the wedding!! xoxo

Reposted from Jewelry Fashion Tips by Amy Roseveare: Mom’s Diamond Gets a New Life!

Got (Jewelry) Lemons? Make (Jewelry) Lemonade!

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Imagine this: you’re out shopping one day and you see a gorgeous blue sapphire ring that you are craving to possess. But wait! You already have a blue sapphire ring at home that you never wear. It’s not your style, but you inherited it from your Aunt Gertrude and feel like you can’t get rid of it for sentimental reasons. What’s a girl (or guy) to do? Now, close your eyes and imagine that beautiful gem surrounded by precious metal in a setting that suits you perfectly. Do you feel a warm and fuzzy feeling inside that brings a big smile to your face? I thought so…

If you have a beautiful gem, don’t let it gather dust in a drawer or safe… repurpose it! There are so many reasons to do this, and the potential to save money is just the tip of the iceberg.

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1.  You get a piece of jewelry that is custom-crafted with you in mind. All of your jewelry-related fantasies will finally come true!

2.  You get to actually like and WEAR the jewelry that was gifted to you (albeit in a different form.) This gives you the pleasure of remembering the special occasion the gem commemorates, or the person who loved you enough to pass their jewelry to you, each and every time you see your new creation.

3.  You are recycling! If possible, I use the metal from the jewelry you are repurposing. If not, I use purified and recycled metal for all of my client’s projects. So, instead of buying something new, you make use of things that have already been through the production process.

4.  Did I mention the part about saving money???

I’ve repurposed a lot of jewelry over the years, and I know a countless number of people who have kicked themselves for not doing it sooner. Typically, their hesitation stems from the following concerns, which I’ll also address below:

"I feel guilty about altering something that was gifted to me." Jewelry is meant to be worn, but everyone has their own style. Repurposing allows you to cherish your gift AND enjoy putting it on your body.

"I think the process will be incredibly expensive." Costs are directly correlated to the complexity of the project, its size/weight, and the materials you choose. A simple, sterling silver, prong-set gemstone pendant is much less expensive than a platinum, diamond encrusted tiara.

"I think the process will be incredibly time-consuming." The process can be as short as three weeks, or as long as you need to feel comfortable.

"I don’t know who to speak with about the process." (i.e., who to trust). I suggest checking out Yelp! or another review site. Does the designer have a Better Business Bureau seal of approval? How long have they been designing? Are they able to design in the style you are looking for? Most importantly, do you feel like they are listening to you and what you want? These are good questions to answer before you make your selection.

"I don’t think I deserve to have something made especially for me." I’m not a therapist, but I can speak from personal experience. Everyone deserves to feel special and people find meaning in both simple and complex expressions of art and emotion. If jewelry is your thing, don’t let the naysayers stop you from treating yourself!

Take action on your to-do list and celebrate your accomplishments with things that make you feel beautiful. It’s okay to be “selfish.” You are enjoying this life to the fullest, and make no apologies for it.

Still not sure? How about some before and after shots for inspiration...

If you are ready to get started,or need some more inspiration, contact me today to schedule your first complimentary design consultation. The holidays will be here before you know it, and now is the perfect time to start planning something special for yourself or someone you love.

Planning the Perfect Proposal Through Espionage & Intrigue

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James Bond, George Smiley, Jason Bourne, and Patrick Scardino???  While you’ll probably recognize the first three clever, resourceful, and secretive characters, the last one may be an enigma to you.

Pat is just like you and me. He doesn’t own an Aston Martin or have a spy camera in his Montblanc pen. What he does have is a curious mind, a big heart, and a desire to delight his significant other, Julianne.

Now Pat and Julianne had been dating for a few years, and discussed the possibility of making it “official,” but Pat still wanted his proposal to be a big surprise. So he took some clues from the masters of intrigue, and decided to employ some simple tools used by all successful spies…

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Step 1: Prepare for the "op"

When Pat and I first met, he was armed with photos of rings that his girlfriend loved. He had asked her sister, Jaclyn, to assist in the fact finding mission, and she provided key details that helped him narrow down his choices. He discovered she wanted a classic, 4-prong platinum diamond ring with French pave-set accent diamonds on the shank. He was totally open to my guidance on the specifics (for example, selecting the center stone), but his main goal was to give Julianne the ring of her dreams.

Step 2: Check in with HQ

The “how and when” of the proposal is where a lot of would-be proposers get stumped, so take a page from Pat’s book. Pat had planned a surprise weekend getaway for the two of them, and all Julianne knew was to pack a bag for warm weather. He informed her boss that he wanted to whisk Julianne away early that Friday afternoon, and asked her to plan some “meetings” so the extra time off would be a surprise as well. (Her boss was so supportive that she even wrote fake agendas for the meetings!)

Step 3: Lay the trap and wait

Now these two love-birds are very fond of San Luis Obispo, as it is Julianne’s alma matter and her little sister currently attends school there. It was also the perfect get-away spot for Pat’s plan, as he could use a visit to her sister as a part of the ploy. Not wanting to rush things, he stashed the gorgeous engagement ring in his backpack, and their first adventure was a fun night of partying with Julianne’s sister and some other good friends from the area.

Step 4: Confuse your prey

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The next morning, Pat suggested they go for a hike (which, admittedly, was a bit strange, as they were both nursing a bit of a hangover). Julianne acquiesced, and they were soon on their way to what would turn out to be the most memorable hike of their lives!

As they walked along the lovely San Louis Obispo coastline, Pat found a romantic spot and suggested they take a bit of a rest and look at the view. Unfortunately, other hikers found this spot just as lovely, and it seemed as though every time he was about to pop the question, one or more hikers would traipse through and ruin the moment. Eventually, there was a break in the action and Pat spotted his chance. He looked Julianne in the eyes and told her how much he loved her, and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. She gave an enthusiastic “Yes!” and the tears began flowing from both of their eyes.

The case of the disappearing family

After many hugs and kisses, Julianne wanted to share the exciting news with Pat’s and her family. She whipped out her cell phone and started dialing, and dialing, and dialing….

Strangely, after numerous calls, not one of their family members had answered their phone! (Unbeknownst to Julianne, Pat had secretly arranged for the families to be unavailable.) Slightly crestfallen, she returned with Pat to the Spyglass Hotel and they prepared to start their first day as an engaged couple.

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Without family to share in their good news with, Pat suggested they have a lovely brunch at the Dolphin Bay Resort.  Julianne agreed and, expecting a quiet table for two upon their arrival, the floodgates opened again as they were greeted by each and every one of their immediate family members! A joyous celebration ensued, and continued into the day as the families ventured to some of the couple’s favorite wineries.

Smiley’s Friends…

Having had their personal and family celebrations, it was now time to let their closest friends in on the secret. As they drove back to San Francisco on Sunday afternoon, word started to spread like wildfire.

But Pat had one more surprise hidden up his sleeve…

During the drive Pat casually suggested that they stop off at the Columbus Café in SF before they went home. (The couple first met at this locale some four years earlier.) Expecting a mellow evening, Julianne was once again taken aback as a huge rush of friends came out of the shadows to welcome them with open arms.

The spy retires (or does he?)

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Having done his duty for king and country (and the wine/cocktail industry), Pat reluctantly put away his 17 passports and fake mustache as he and Julianne ended their memorable weekend with a well-deserved night’s rest.

The Debrief: 3 key lessons learned from a master spy

  1. Secrets are allowed, even encouraged, when they are used for good and not evil.
  2. Know your mark. When choosing a ring, do your research! You may like Art Deco, but your partner may be a modernist. Put yourself in her/his shoes.
  3. Enlist the help of suspecting (or unsuspecting) friends and family to make this an event that includes all of the special people in your lives!

Spring Clean Your Jewelry Box (or sock drawer…)

Hey you! Yes, YOU!

The one who always wears the same earrings, necklace and rings because you haven’t looked at your jewelry stash in years. Perhaps you don’t have a special place for your baubles and they are scattered to the four winds, making it difficult to see what you have. Or, heaven help you, all of your jewelry is in a tangled mess at the bottom of your sock drawer!

Well, I’m here to tell you: Do not despair!

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I’ve been encouraging clients to do this for years, and the results have been enlightening. People have found valuable objects they had forgotten all about, made money, and created stunning pieces using the gems and metal already at their disposal. Here is my simple guide for creating a jewelry oasis that you’ll look forward to visiting on a daily basis.

Step one: Take everything out and separate into four groups.

Group 1: Love it and wouldn’t change a thing.

Group 2: Love it, but needs some type of repair or cleaning to make the piece wearable again.

Group 3: Not crazy about it, but it has strong sentimental value.

Group 4: Will absolutely never wear it, and it does not have any intense emotional value.

Step two: Take action on each group.

Group 1 is easy, put those items back in your jewelry box now and remember why you bought them in the first place…

(Answer: to wear and enjoy!)

Group 2is fairly easy as well. Take those items to local jeweler with a great reputation for repair work (or, to yours truly, if we are near each other).

We always appreciate it if you make an appointment, especially if you have multiple items, and be prepared to spend a little time discussing the “care and feeding” of your jewels. Your jeweler will take photographs of the items and detailed notes of areas that show extreme wear or injury. Sometimes a quote can be obtained at that time, and other times discussions need to take place between the person taking in the repair and the jeweler who will be doing the work (if they aren’t one and the same). In a very competitive area like San Francisco, I find that prices tend to be fairly similar between jewelers, but be concerned if they are extremely low (or high). The old adage about getting what you pay for really is true in this case, and be especially careful and do your research if the piece is an antique or a family heirloom.

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Group 3 is trickier, and I’ll address that in detail in a future post.

Group 4 can be the most time-consuming, but the rewards for your effort can be both fun and extremely satisfying.

Take these items and give them the once (and twice) over. Next, write down the answers to the following questions:

  1. “What is it that I don’t like about this piece and why exactly don’t I like it?”
  2. “What parts of this piece can be repurposed into something I would like and wear?” (For example, a lovely gemstone, or a section of a fussy piece that can be turned into something new and less complex.)

Now the fun part really starts!

Make an appointment with a custom designer who is willing to work with your materials. If there is no seemingly redeeming value in an item, consider exchanging the metal for cash or store credit.  With everything else, you can enhance your wardrobe, and the environment, by turning those unwanted items into something beautiful that you will cherish for many years to come.

 
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Our Feature in Style Me Pretty

It was such an honor to have my work featured in Style Me Pretty this Fall.

The story behind this custom jewelry is so lovely. My client wanted her daughter to have a special wedding gift made from heirloom jewelry she inherited from her mother. The bride lives on the East Coast, so mom was the intermediary for much of the process, while I communicated mainly by phone and email with the bride.

The process for this one-of-a-kind necklace and earrings was a touching experience to behold, and it was great fun to have the final results captured in a well-known bridal magazine. You can just see how much meaning the one-of-a-kind necklace and earring set, created from a family heirloom, brought to the bride and her family on her special day.

In the mom's own words:

“Gigi created a necklace and earrings that incorporated stones from an antique piece. She honored my budget and preferences and created stunning, original designs that were amazingly versatile. I look forward to collaborating with her in the future!” - Katharine H., Marin, CA

How's that for "something old" and "something new"?!

Thank you so much to this lovely family for letting me be a part of their wedding day memories, congratulations!