From The Jeweler's Bench (My Blog)

Diamond Haul - 9/11/17

A few months ago, I purchased a diamond to use in an engagement ring. Without getting into too many details, that became unnecessary. The diamond I purchased was...

Gem Haul from John Betts - 8/11/2017

I spent this morning meeting with my favorite gem dealer, the indomitable John Betts, and picked up a handful of varied gems to try out some new...

Thinking about a Divorce Ring?

While divorce rates in the United States are, in fact, falling, 40% of marriages still end that way (the statistics for first-time marriages are actually a good deal...

Why do I work with rough gems?

Nearly all of my jewelry pieces feature rough gems. That's a little unusual for the jewelry industry. Most jewelers only work with faceted gems or cabochons. For jewelers...

Fabricated vs. Cast Jewelry

It's always a good idea to have a conversation with your jeweler about how their jewelry is made whenever you're making a big-ticket purchase. One important distinction to make...

Can men wear engagement rings?

Hell. Fucking. Yes. It's the twenty-first century, and relationships are evolving. Our wedding jewelry traditions need to evolve too. As I stress time and time again to...

Everything you ever wanted to know about Silver

Silver is a classic precious metal for use in jewelry, bullion coin, tableware, and a variety of industrial applications as well, due to its high conductivity in both...

Can you make jewelry with 24kt gold?

I get this question a lot, since people naturally assume that pure gold would be preferred to impure gold. The truth of the matter is that, while pure...

How Are Rough Diamonds Valued?

Pricing diamonds is more art than science. While a well-trained professional can assess the weight and characteristics of an individual diamond in a well-established procedural system, the details...

Millennial's Guide to Wedding Jewelry

Wearing wedding rings is a tradition that dates back as far as ancient Egypt. They are significant symbols of the union of marriage. Many couples choose to wear them...