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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

Influence on Roman Jewelry Today

How Has Roman Jewelry Influenced The Jewelry Industry Today?

Brief History of Roman Jewelry

Jewelry has been a part of human history for thousands of years. The history of jewelry is a long one, with many different cultures and eras. The history of jewelry can be traced back to almost 2,000 BC in the Near East, where beads were made from shell and stone. It is likely jewelry has been around as long as humans have been on this planet, but it was the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans that brought jewelry to the level of beauty and artistry that we appreciate to this day. They each developed their own unique skills and  techniques that many goldsmiths still utilize in modern jewelry.

 

The Romans made a lasting impact on the art of jewelry and goldsmithing. Ancient Rome to the Renaissance, jewelry has been worn to signify wealth, status, and beauty. The ancient Romans were among the first civilizations to popularize jewelry, creating intricate pieces with a variety of materials including gold, silver, bronze, precious stones, rubies, and pearls. Throughout the centuries, the materials used to make jewelry have evolved, but the same appreciation for its craftsmanship has remained.

 

The Romans created jewelry for both practical and decorative purposes. They made pendants to hang from the neck or waist, bracelets, rings, and earrings with a variety of precious stones set into them. Jewelry was also made for purely aesthetic reasons, with decorative threads and ribbons woven into the pieces and small beads or pearls attached.

The Romans Impact on Modern Jewelry

Today, jewelry continues to be a popular accessory, a reminder of its long and illustrious history. Jewelry is a symbol of luxury and sophistication and is used to express individual style and personality. A wide range of materials are now used to create jewelry, from high end metals to semi-precious and precious gemstones. Jewelry is also a great way to commemorate special occasions and milestones, whether it’s a wedding, a birthday, or an anniversary.

Hammered Oval Bezel Ring with Blue Sapphire by J Briggs


Jewelry has come a long way since Ancient Rome. While the modern pieces may not be quite as intricate as those of the past, they still hold the same appreciation for craftsmanship and beauty. Jewelry is a timeless accessory and will no doubt continue to be a popular item for years to come.

 

Sources:

  1. “Jewellery in Ancient Rome.” The British Museum, www.britishmuseum.org/learn/educational_resources/art_and_design/jewellery_in_ancient_rome

 

  1. “Jewelry Through the Ages.” International Gem Society, www.gemsociety.org/article/jewelry-through-the-ages/

 

  1. “Jewelry of Ancient Rome.” Ancient History Encyclopedia, www.ancient.eu/article/904/jewelry-of-ancient-rome/

 

  1. “Jewelry Through the Ages.” National Jeweler, www.nationaljeweler.com/fashion/jewelry-styles/jewelry-through-the-ages