Posts Tagged ‘custom design’

Looking for the Spring

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Spring can’t get here quickly enough for me.  It has been one wild and crazy winter and I am debating on building an ark with all the rain we’ve been having.  Today I noticed the tulips Ginny and I planted last fall poking through the mulch.  They are always one of the first signs that the weather is soon going to take a turn for the better.  Most of the new jewels we purchased at she Savannah Jewelry show have arrived and among them are lots and lots of new colored gemstones for the spring.   We also have purchased several carats worth of loose gems that we would love to help you create the perfect ring, pendant or earring with.   In my next post I’m going to show you how easy it is to design a personalized piece of jewelry for you, while you wait.  Thanks!      **Here is a random picture of my dog**

Create an Heirloom

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Hi folks!!!!  I’ve been away for awhile, but I’m glad to be back.  I actually attempted to update my blog and crashed the entire thing. I’m talking black screen of death!  Thank goodness I have a smart friend that is very well equip at fixing my computer disasters.  For they are many.  Fear not!!!  What I lack in computer skills I make up for in design skills.  Over the last couple months we have made some amazing designs for our clients.  One of my favorites is a remake of a grandmothers cluster ring.  What started off as a simple cluster was transformed into a modern style ring that will be passed down to the next generation and the next.  That’s one of the most rewarding things about making jewelry, it is long lasting.  My job has definitely made me realize one more very important thing, good things come to those who wait.  While I would like for a custom design to take about two to three weeks, more often than not it takes four to six weeks.  There are so many stages in the creation of a piece of jewelry that sometimes the slightest hiccup can equal a week of delay.  It’s at those times that I am grateful for the patience of our clients.  If you have some gemstones or diamonds that are just sitting around at home or in a “lock box”, now is the time to turn those pieces into something that wearable and will be a treasure to you and generations to come.

Haute Rocks

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009


Being a custom jewelry designer takes more than a skilled jeweler.  It takes the right material to work with, the proper gemstones, know-how, designing equipment and most importantly TIME.  One thing there is never enough of.   Over the past 5 days Ginny and I have been in Tampa, FL at a Jewelry show.  One of my favorite things to do at this event is scope out colored gemstones and look for some choice specimens to take home with me.   Commercial Mineral is one of the better companies out there.  They specialize in super rare, hard to find gemstones, many of them are from private collections across the globe.   In this collection their designers have created several pieces that I drool over each year.   They call them their HAUTE  (HOT) ROCKS.   The collection has grown over the past several years adding around one new design per show.  I finally had my camera with me this year and get a few shots of these KILLER gemstone creations.   If nothing else this array of rings, pendants and earrings will light a fire under you and force you to push the limit of your imagination.   In case you’re wondering what I bought this year, you’ll just have to wait and see.  I started a couple of drawings on the flight home incorporating the gems that are now in my possession.   Check back later to see the status of Holland’s Jewelers own  “ROCK” collection.


First design of the new year.

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Technically, this pendant was finished on December 30th. but close enough.   This was actually a customers creation that she wanted made for her mother.  The pendant was made in Argentium silver with garnets and CZ.   Definitely a one-of-a-kind.DSCN0560.JPG