I had a couple come in looking to have an engagement ring made to represent their love of the mountains. They already had a great idea in place, so I just added my own twist when carving the wax for the band and added lab created diamonds to represent snow. It’s fun to help transform an idea someone has in their head into jewelry. The ideas are limitless! 🏔 ... See MoreSee Less
I’m venturing into trickier and teenier (new word 😂) wax carvings. This is a shadow band I carved to match the profile of my client’s engagement ring. Carving waxes like this can take me hours, but I get completely lost in the process and love it! ... See MoreSee Less
Monday and new moon motivation. Checking in with ourselves rather than checking the reactions of others takes some work, but boy does it ever feel good to start making the switch. Have a great week everyone!! ... See MoreSee Less
My client had a lucky ring that she wanted transformed. So, we took the emerald out of the old ring and I carved a new wax for it. I also set faceted black onyx along the sides. Her new ring is now more lucky than ever!🍀 ... See MoreSee Less
What I loved most about making this platinum stacker set is that my client made it for herself. No special occasion or reason involved. She did it for herself and because she wanted to.👏🏻❤️ Whatever it is, you don’t need a reason or have to justify giving yourself what you want. ... See MoreSee Less
Let’s talk about prongs and why they’re so darn important. I just finished this repair where I reset my client's diamond in a new head (a head is the part that holds a stone). The left side of the pic shows a prong that broke off (large red circle). The little red circle shows a slight but important issue. There is a dark shadow showing a gap between the stone and prong. That’s a result of the prong not being cut properly and over-cut. If the prong doesn’t hug the diamond tight the diamond may be more prone to loosening up AND prong breakage ( my client had two out of six prongs broken off). The finished head on the right shows how that prong is now snugged tight right up against the diamond. This is a job that requires skill and patience because each stone is different, and each prong is custom cut for that stone’s unique shape. ... See MoreSee Less
This was such a cool project. I took the gold and diamond from my client’s original wedding ring and created a new wedding set. We intentionally changed the direction of the pear diamond to indicate the new direction the marriage was going in.❤️ It’s a beautiful story. ❤️ The engagement ring was hand carved in wax, cast, and then the wedding band was created in wax for a perfect fit. ... See MoreSee Less
I am a huge fan of reels and watching how people do things. This is my first reel. It took forever and felt a little awkward, but I’ll keep practicing. This reel shows part of a reshank process on a wedding set.💍 ... See MoreSee Less
I’m usually on the hunt for vintage jewelry I can restore, and I also have a fondness for quirky vintage jewelry. I found this cool piece a few days ago. Can anybody guess what it is?!? It’s not a typical jewelry pice but more of an adornment of sorts with a function. 😂 ... See MoreSee Less
Working in platinum is a labor of love. Lots of elbow grease goes into getting platinum ready for a final polish. This set of platinum rings is almost ready for the buffing wheel. Just a few more rounds of sandpaper. 💙 ... See MoreSee Less
Need to come see you soon, have some things to be redone, etc. Pls suggest best time.
Will you post finished process / rings?
This has been a great day! I recently joined a volunteer organization that helps transports rescue dogs from Kentucky to Minnesota. What a great way to spend Valentine’s Day. Getting these pups to rescue organizations so that they can have a better life makes my heart happy. 💕. This is a picture of Lil’ Bit and one of her 5 puppies. 💕 ... See MoreSee Less
One of the skills I’m trying to hone is working in wax. It can be a long process, but I love working with it. For this ring, my client wanted to use her grandmother’s diamonds for her wedding band. The tricky part with this one was that the stones were different sizes and the older cuts weren’t perfectly round. Carving the ring in wax allowed me to work around each stones personality. 💕 ... See MoreSee Less
A custom two tone pendant using my client’s diamonds. Two of the diamonds are old mine cuts and not perfectly round, so I made two bezels in wax that fit their funky curves perfectly. ... See MoreSee Less
I have almost no words for this wedding ring, but I need to give you the details, lol! Emerald cut created blue sapphire! Pear moissanites! Platinum! Hand engraved! It is a stunner and an heirloom wrapped up in one beautiful package. 💙💙💙 ... See MoreSee Less
I love ring restorations oh so much!! This ring had several missing stones and prongs. I replaced the missing stones and rebuilt most of the prongs from the ground up. It’s a good reminder that a lot of jewelry CAN be repaired and restored. 💚 ... See MoreSee Less
This is a great trio set of rings. It’s set with a moissanite, new diamonds, and stones from my client’s grandmother’s ring. Part of the rings were also cast using the gold from her grandmother’s ring. Mixing things up a bit, and using different stone types, sizes, and gold colors, can bring about some awesomeness!!😄 ... See MoreSee Less
I’m really digging this double bezel look. My client wanted to set her mom’s diamond in a pendant, so we made an inner bezel out of yellow gold and placed it in a white gold sleeve. It gives the pendant great dimension! 🤍 ... See MoreSee Less
First post of 2021! Let’s get this party started!! A different twist on a mother’s ring. This mom had four kiddos that included a set of triplets! We took the time to figure out stone shapes, sizes, and the layout. I love how it turned out. Hand carved from wax and cast in 14k white gold.💚🤍💚 ... See MoreSee Less
That’s a wrap for this jeweler! 2020 has been one heck of a year as a small business owner. However, I cannot thank you enough for your unwavering support and trust in my tiny business. My hope for all of you is that 2021 will be your best year yet! Have a great holiday, and I look forward to serving you in the new year!! ~JR❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
When I casually say to the client “ Do you want me to get rid of the bad energy of the stone you got from your ex before I set it into your new ring?!?”, and she didn’t blink an eye or look at me like I was crazy.😂 This stone is in the process of creating a new story.⚡️🙌🏻⚡️ ... See MoreSee Less
A few years ago, I made little earrings with facets on them, and just this past spring I expanded that idea into a men’s wedding band. This is another facet wedding band I recently did that found a new home in Minneapolis. I’m loving the facets, and because I need some depth to cut those facets out of wax, the ring has a nice hefty feel to it. ... See MoreSee Less
It’s going to be a busy Saturday today! First order of business is coffee, @ecfitlab shake, and some CAD homework. I am determined to learn CAD this year, so even if it’s busy I need to take small chunks of time each week to practice. I love learning new things, but often expect that I should be perfect at it in two days!!! 😂That is NOT going to happen learning this program. Progress not perfection.👍🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
Could be a fun learning process. Wish I would have learned it better when I actually had need of it years ago.
Best of luck
Totally relate! Two days, yes!! ❤
This is one heck of a ring!! I called it the Rolex ring since it mimics a Rolex watch band. We used my clients center stone, which came from a family ring, and several other stones from a ring he had. It all came together beautifully!💎 ... See MoreSee Less
Blank slate. Platinum beauty waiting for me to set the stones. Then the ring will be sent to a hand engraver so they can work their magic along the sides of the ring. Can’t wait to show you the final result!! ... See MoreSee Less
Mega stacker set! My client had stones from two different rings that we combined into one stacker set. I like the randomness thrown in with the clean lines of the ring...super fun.😀 ... See MoreSee Less
I am a huge fan of old cut diamonds, and this was a dream working with these stones. The center stone is an old European cut, and the channel set stones are old mine cut diamonds. This wedding set was carved from wax, and the center stone was offset to show off all of the channel set stones.💎 ... See MoreSee Less
I recently made the decision to buy my gold stock from a company that sells Harmony Artisanal Metals. HTM metals are traceable, conflict free, and all mining partners receive a fair price for their gold. This in turn can be invested into improved working/living conditions, healthcare, and safety for their workers. It’s also better for the environment. Little changes can make big impacts.✨ ... See MoreSee Less
I’ve never heard of conflict free metals. Stones yes, metals no. That’s very cool! Well done. 👏🏼
Wow!!!! I didn't think I could love you more, and then boom, you made me love you more! 🥰🥰🥰
Oh my gosh that is so amazing. And I agree with you 100%, every little bit helps
My client wanted a special pendant made for her daughter to wear at their wedding. It’s a pendant that she can wear for a lifetime and remember that day. This pendant was custom, hand carved in wax, and holds a London blue topaz. 💙 ... See MoreSee Less
Complete restoration!! So, I took a sucky before picture but bear with me. My client had her mother’s platinum anniversary band she wanted restored. Years ago, the diamonds had all been cut out of the ring leaving it badly damaged with saw blade marks and all of the prongs gone (see bottom pic). Five new diamonds were set, 20 new prongs built, and a new shank. The result is breathtaking!! 🙌🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
I am loving the final result of this engagement ring!!! Custom design is a meandering road. We start in one spot, but we turn here or there and eventually make the road our own. It’s part of the process, and it’s why I like navigating with my clients down that road.💙 ... See MoreSee Less
My mama is getting married today! ❤️ My mantra this whole week has been “don’t forget the ring”. I have a habit of leaving things on my dining table, ha! Mom and Bob found each other in their seventies. Proof that it’s never too late to experience love again and take a leap. Have a great day and enjoy the beautiful weather. ❤️. P.S. I didn’t forget the ring, whew! 😉 ... See MoreSee Less
This couple came to my studio with a fully designed computer sketch of the engagement ring they wanted. I was blown away with their savvy computer and design skills, so it was a joy bringing their vision to life. Not only did they design their ring, but they also used his great grandmother’s diamond that was originally bought in England. His mom wore this diamond in her first engagement ring, and now it gets passed on to the fourth generation. Ugh, these stories just make my day! Photo credit for the beautiful engagement photo belongs to @lumi.imagery 💜💜💜 ... See MoreSee Less
I made a lot of coffee this morning in anticipation of a long but important day. If you haven’t already heard (ha!) it’s voting day. I made the decision awhile ago that I wanted to be a volunteer poll worker; there is a huge shortage because of the virus. So, I’ll be trading in my pliers today and counting absentee ballots instead. If you haven’t voted yet there is plenty of time to put on your sassiest mask and head to the polls. Don’t forget to be kind to each other!!❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
Sometimes, a ring needs a crown.👑 My client already had her engagement ring, but she wanted to add a wedding band. We used her diamonds, and I hand carved, in wax, a crown wedding band for her. Subtle additions like this can really dress up a ring! ... See MoreSee Less
This was an interesting necklace mechanism that needed to be fixed. The two charms were attached in a way that allowed them to stay together but slide open. It’s a good day when I can get parts working again. Especially, when it’s a 52 year old piece of jewelry that means the world to my client! 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
It’s a big work day at the studio today, but first I wanted to share with you one of my jewelry mistakes. A few years ago I made, and sold, several teeny, textured stacker rings that had a diamond set in each of them. I thought they were cool looking, but one by one they kept coming back broken. My first reaction to making a mistake used to be that I’m a horrible person, that I should know better, or I would shift the blame. Learning to let go of perfectionism and moving towards curiosity in both my life and shop have been a two steps forward one step back dance. The ring on the right is the old ring, and the ring on the left is the new one with changes needed to make it stronger...fingers crossed, ha!🤞🏻Have a great Saturday everyone!!🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
We’re those teeny diamonds flush set? Wow at that in the first place! I’m sure a bit more girth will solve that problem.
Love this. Acknowledging mistakes and then correcting without beating yourself up over them is a finely tuned skill, especially for those who choose creativity as a lifestyle.
Why to go honey
This ring fits my client’s personality so well! She is the lead singer in a kick ass metal band from Virginia, and so when she asked me to make her engagement ring I was honored to do so. The deep rich color of this created alexandrite is flanked by diamonds and set in white gold. Your story, your ring.💜🖤💜 ... See MoreSee Less
Another beautiful solitaire completed. This was a very sparkly, .90 ct, natural diamond set in a white gold solitaire. Sometimes we go fancy over here at JR, and sometimes we don’t. Both expressions are beautiful in their own right, and I enjoy helping my clients find which expression fits best for them.💕 ... See MoreSee Less
Contemporary lookin’ mama’s ring! Hand carved wax and cast in rose gold. Four of her kiddos birthstones are represented, and then I used moissanites to break up the colors a bit. Super fun to create! 😁 ... See MoreSee Less
A blue topaz was chosen for this engagement ring because it symbolizes eternal love, and he wanted the stone to match his fiancé’s eyes! To make this ring, I took my twiggy ring and added a bezel set, icy blue topaz. That topaz pops!! 💙 ... See MoreSee Less
This beautiful solitaire is cradling a .60ct lab created diamond. Lab created diamonds are a wonderful diamond alternative if you’re looking to stay within a budget, or if you want a larger stone for the money. They are gorgeous, worth consideration, and I can help you make a choice that’s right for you.💎 ... See MoreSee Less
Halo, halo, halo! Beyoncé goes through my head every time I see halo jewelry.😬 My client wanted a custom halo to fit her favorite pendant. We took the diamonds from a smaller halo pendant she had and created a larger halo to fit her pendant perfectly. The cool part is that she can wear the halo part separately as another necklace.🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
This was such a special project. My client came in with a handful of spoons. Her father liked to make spoon rings as a hobby, but he wasn’t able to finish the ones he had left before he passed away. I had never made a spoon ring before, but I was determined to figure it out; I just knew it was important to finish them. If the idea/project is important to you, it’s important to me.🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Who is looking for a diamond?!?🙋♀️ I had a few diamonds brought in for a client, and I have a 1.00 ct and .74 ct GIA certified diamond that would love to call Eau Claire home rather than be shipped back to sit in a cold and dark safe😁 DM me for details! ... See MoreSee Less
I’m interested! I need a diamond for a slide I would like to have made!!
Those are gorgeous!
Should I buy that 1.00 ct and use the one from my ring for a pair of earrings?! Always wanted diamond earrings!! 😉
Remember the wax carving I shared last week? This is the end result. I actually carved two waxes (the bubble ring and main ring) and soldered them together. I really like the variance in texture that the bubble ring brings. A little added milgraining around the center stone ties it all together.💜 ... See MoreSee Less
I did a fun thing.😊. I love to burn candles, especially in the studio. So, I had locally owned candle maker @smithcocandlesllc create this custom scent for me. They did such a good job creating this scent, and their candles are superb. Check them out! I’ve got a few extra I’d be willing to part with if you stop by and like what you smell.😉 ... See MoreSee Less
Ooo...when I smoked a pipe years ago, vanilla was one of my favorite tobacco flavors. Quit smoking in 1993, so I don't dare have one of those candles in the house. 😏
Smells lovely from here! 💓
I'll bet that smells delightful!
From left ➡️ right. Hand carving wax is fun, challenging, and rewarding. It’s a lot of work to get from left to right but well worth it!! Bezel set created alexandrite with channel set diamonds. ... See MoreSee Less
I. 💙. Montana. Sapphires! I’m not sure what it is about this stone that I love. It could be that Montana is one of my favorite states to visit, and every time I see this stone it reminds me of mountains, rushing rivers, and peacefulness. My client loves Montana sapphires too, so we created her rose gold engagement ring around this beautiful stone.💙 ... See MoreSee Less
I haven’t shown a repair in a long time, so here we go! This vintage ring had a very worn v-prong (bottom photo). The v-prong had a piece broken off, and one corner was barely covering the stone edge. I cut off the old prong and build a new v-prong to take its place. The stone is now safe from loss or chipping!!🧑🏻🏭 ... See MoreSee Less
I made my first bracelet, and I think I’m a little smitten! My client had several diamonds she wanted to use in a new bracelet design, so I created a bracelet out of sterling silver and set the diamonds in yellow gold bezels. Super fun!! 😁 ... See MoreSee Less
Calling all cat lovers!!😻 How much do you love your cat?!? Is it so much that you would proudly wear your cat’s photo with your most dashing outfit or winter coat?!? I found this vintage JJ (Jonette Jewelry Co.) cat frame brooch, and I fell in love with its kitschy look. *SOLD* ... See MoreSee Less
I need a bigger picture space for my cats, anything for that?
A little strategic planning needed to happen with this mother’s ring. My client just had her first child, so I hand carved this ring in a design that looks good on its own, but it will allow another birthstone ring to nestle in right next to it when baby #2 arrives down the road!💚 ... See MoreSee Less
As a jeweler, I get asked the question “What type of stone is this?”. On occasion that can be an easy question to answer, but sometimes a stone’s outright visual appearance can be deceptive. This particular stone was stumping me, so I took it through a battery of gemologist tests. Each test helped me narrow the category down to a synthetic sapphire, and then the final test helped me to identify the type of synthetic process used called flame-fusion. I love to identify mystery stones. It’s probably due to my love of true crime and forensic science 🔬Any SSDGM/My Favorite Murder podcast fans out there?!?😁 ... See MoreSee Less
Show. Stopper!!!💙My client had stones from a couple different rings that she wanted set into a new ring design. We added two pear shaped created sapphires and a few more diamonds to make it all come together. It is gorgeous and sparkly with a vintage feel.💙 ... See MoreSee Less
We absolutely love this ring. It took a few months to get just right (even though we werent'quite sure we knew what that was), but Jackie made sure it was perfect for us. We couldn't be happier with the end result. This ring is a celebration of the 10-year Anniversary from the day we first met. The funny thing is, Jackie studied her craft under the same goldsmith who made my first ring back in the 90's. That's when I knew she was the perfect artist for us. I'm looking forward to our next collaboration with Jackie . . After my husband gets a boat of course!
Beautiful design and execution! ❤
Gorgeous!!’ So talented!!
OMG show stopper galore. This is absolutely stunning
Earrings and necklaces are tricky for me to photograph, but I gave it a shot! 😁 I pulled these beautiful vintage cut stones out of a ring and made a nice pair of dangle earrings for a client. I don’t know about you, but I’m really liking the look of bigger earrings as of late.💚 ... See MoreSee Less
The sculptures, sun, and fog were on point this morning at my studio space!🌞 Artisan Forge Studios has a beautiful sculpture garden that’s worth a meander through, and it doesn’t cost a thing.🧡 ... See MoreSee Less
I gave my new pliers wings! I’ve had the same needle nosed pliers for over 25 years, and they were losing their mojo. Tools are expensive, but I’m slowly replacing the stuff that needs to go. Who else loves to flip through tool catalogs for fun?! 😂 ... See MoreSee Less
My client wanted to use her original engagement ring diamond in a new ring design, but she also wanted to be able to wear her diamond stacker rings with it. I hand carved a wax band that extended just a tad bit from the center stone to allow a flat edge for her stacker rings to lay against.🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
I am hooked on this new product!! Reaching the tiniest ring crevices to clean them up is tough. My friend Gary told me about these little sanding sticks that come in 9 grits. You can grind them to a fine point to reach the tiniest crevice. Custom is all about the details. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less