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Finding Your Sparkle: How to Choose a Custom Jewelry Designer

Choosing a designer for your custom jewelry is like finding the right dance partner for a waltz on Dancing With the Stars! It’s a crucial step in translating your dream into a tangible, sparkling reality. Just as those pesky trolls love to tie knots in your chains (see previous blog:), the right custom jewelry designer will love to untangle your ideas into something truly magical. Mothers jewelry and remounts are great places to start. Here’s why teaming up with a skilled professional is the path to achieving your unique jewelry dreams.

blue troll with jewelry

  1. Your Dream Realized: The magic of custom jewelry starts with your vision. Whether your imagination holds a distinct design or needs a gentle nudge from an expert, your designer is your partner in shaping this vision into an exquisite piece of wearable art. A skilled designer will gently lure your jewelry desires to the forefront by knowing what questions to ask.
  2. A Celebration of Uniqueness: Custom jewelry is the equivalent of your one-of-a-kind personality. Many traditional jewelry stores have sales people and occasionally a craftsman or bench jeweler. Very few have a trained designer! With a designer (aka, an artist) dedicated to bringing your personal piece to fruition, you gain a work of art as unique as your own fingerprint. Imagine wearing your personality, literally on your sleeve, or perhaps around your neck or on your finger! It’s like having a piece of yourself that can be an extension of your creative identity.
  3. Assured Expert Craftsmanship: As a fine jeweler, I am passionate about creating quality pieces, ensuring that you entrust your dream to a professional committed to building jewelry for generations to enjoy. Custom jewelry marries premium materials with meticulous craftsmanship. And we make sure the final product doesn’t just meet but exceeds your expectations.
  4. Inherent Flexibility: Designing custom jewelry isn’t like choosing a one-size-fits-all hat; it’s a flexible journey where your style preferences guide the way. Your designer acts not just as a creator but as a trusted ally, ensuring that every piece reflects your individuality, whether you’re drawn to the elegance of classic designs or the innovation of modern styles. 
Custom versa designs by Jbriggs.Co

Custom versa designs by Jbriggs.Co

This process is more than just about making jewelry; it’s about crafting a symbol of special occasions, personal expression, or the luxury of owning something truly one-of-a-kind. In this collaborative venture, you’ll find that a custom jewelry designer could become as cherished as a lifelong friend, celebrating your unique story with a piece crafted with love and finesse.

PS: If only we could figure out how to create a custom jewelry piece that stops trolls from knotting chains and  stealing socks! But until then, we’ll keep making beautiful things that help you shine.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer

August Birthstone

August Birthstone: Peridot

 

So your birthstone is peridot. “Pear-a-doe”? “Pear-a-dot?” Actually, both are correct—but I digress. More importantly, what exactly is this gorgeous apple-green stone? Often associated with light, this stone was referred to as the “gem of the sun” by the ancient Egyptians. What better stone to represent the sunny summer days of August?

The word peridot comes from the Arabic “faridat,” which means “gem”. In fact, some historians believe that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection might actually have been peridot.

Most peridot is formed deep inside the earth and delivered to the surface by volcanoes. It is naturally mined all over the world, from Alaska to Australia. A much rarer form of this stone—unlikely to be seen in a retail jewelry store—actually came crashing to the earth via meteorites.

Often confused with other similarly-colored stones such as Emerald or Topaz, Peridot is rather fragile with only a 6.5 rating on the Mohs hardness scale. As such, it is not a great choice for rings or bracelets (Green Apple Diamonds are a suitable replacement.) However, it does make for an exquisite pendant or set of earrings, with the larger stones having more color saturation. Peridot’s elegant and unique color has little compromise, and has created the life-force in some of my favorite mother’s jewelry pieces.

Interested in a custom piece featuring your birthstone or that of a loved one? I’d love to sit down and discuss your vision. Call or email J. Briggs & Co. today to set up an appointment. —Jen

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