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Scouting the Sparkles: How I Buy Gems for My Jewelry Designs

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Scouting the Sparkles: How I Buy Gems for My Jewelry Designs

Sometimes I’m surprised that the more technical aspects of my design process are interesting to … well, anyone! But I really shouldn’t be; I absolutely adore peeking behind the curtain at the creative practices of other designers and artisans. Learning about their techniques feels intimate and compelling, and makes their finished products feel even more meaningful. So with that in mind, I’m launching a blog series on my OWN processes! We’ll kick things off with something super important to me as a designer who uses fair trade materials: Gem buying. Gems in Vegas Hello, Las Vegas! I started at JCK...

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The Story of a Custom Design

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The Story of a Custom Design

Have you ever considered having a custom design made? Have you wondered what the process would be? Here's the story of one custom design, from start to finish! A client came to me with a ring and pair of earrings. She loved the color of the stones, but didn't love the ring & earring styles and so never actually wore them.  She was hoping that I could turn them into a cocktail ring. We met to discuss the design, did some quick sketches and came up with a plan, and I proceeded to carve a custom wax. The wax is necessary to mold and cast...

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