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Re-setting your gemstones

Many of my customers come to me with their own gemstones. These are most often gems that are set in jewelry handed down by a parent or grandparent. Stylistically, the customer is looking for a fresh design but wants to use these special stones. Most commonly, these are diamonds.

From here, the customer selects one of my designs to re-set the gemstones. First, I'll examine the stones using my professional gemstone microscope. I'm looking for any structural concerns as any time you work with stones during the making process there is always a chance that the gem could fracture. Keep this in mind as not all gemstones are equal and these things do happen. In my experience, it is quite rare to encounter any problems, but it does occur, even if a flaw isn't immediately recognized. The process is delicate and I aim to avoid these issues.

Below are some examples of jewelry that has been made with the customer's gemstones.

22k custom diamond necklace
A customer's diamond set into the 22k gold ancient geranium pendant.

platinum and diamond ring
Platinum anniversary ring with customer's old diamonds.

Statement ring made from diamonds that were passed down to a customer.

18k gold and diamond tanzanite pendant
This tanzanite was purchased from me and the diamonds were from the customer's bracelet.

Customer's diamonds being set into one of my 18K gold ring designs

This process brings me great joy, as I know I am making a piece of jewelry that is unique but also holds special sentimental value for the customer.

If you have jewelry or gemstones that you would like to incorporate into a new custom design, whether that be an engagement ring, wedding ring or any piece of jewelry, please contact me to make an appointment to meet for a consultation and to look over my designs. We can discuss ideas for your design and what kind of piece you are looking for.




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