• 2 Carat Diamond

    Platinum, 3 Carats of Rubies Ring


    With outstanding stones such as these, the resulting ring had to be worthy. This 2 carat diamond is one of the most beautiful stones I have ever seen. It is a Modern European Cut of incredible proportions with a brilliance that illustrates clearly why diamonds are the king of stones. The rubies are a well matched pair, and are three carats total weight.

  • Comet Ring


    Is it a braided river? Is it fire? Is it a comet? This white gold, asymmetrical design sweeps around the finger starting with a .75 ct high quality diamond. Three smaller blue diamonds brighten up the stream like river rocks causing pleasant ripples.

  • Palladium Sapphire & Diamond Ring


    Interesting. It IS possible to get a whole lot of diamond in a ring without breaki ng the bank. The center stone is a nice round blue sapphire. The four side stones are all less than .25 in weight. These stones are set into palladium, a sister metal to platinum. The look and longevity is very similar without the platinum price tag. Working with palladium is interesting: follow the rules of platinum with many many exceptions. End result is worth it though!

  • The Cushion Cut Diamond


    The Cushion Cut Diamond that you have been dreaming about…. Start with good ingredients! Lovely, yummy 18 karat yellow gold in a modern yet classic gracefully tapered shank. The 1.21 carat VVS Cushion cut diamond is set in a hand constructed and forged platinum bezel. The proportions are pretty near perfect, we would say….

  • Monster Three Stone Platinum and Diamond Ring


    Move right in and no need to ever ever take this ring off. The customer was able to save up for her most ideal diamond ring, ever. This is what she dreamed up: a three stone ring, in platinum, bezel-set, with a European shank. Round stones, cut earlier this century, exhibit large large flashes of spectral colors...the high crown and small table of these diamonds really turns white light into big colorful prisms. This 2.44 carat center stone sends off some of the purest colors we have seen anywhere. This beauty is flanked by two side stones with matching color, also of modern european cut at .75 carat each. A little shy of four carats total carat weight. A girl can dream, right?

  • Golden Flying Saucer!


    Does it look like it could fly? We hope so. This necklace is carefully constructed in 18 karat gold, with a nice, deep, 7MM ruby in the center…. Flanked by flush mounted diamonds and rubies in an orderly arrangement.

  • Tapered shank, bezel-set solitaire ring


    NICE PROPORTIONS!!!!! Bezel set, tapered shank, low profile, sturdy, and how does it show off the stone! These rings are in platinum and and 18K yellow gold, each with a one carat VVS diamond. This design looks great with any size stone over 1/2 carat. Very classic and current while not being fussy. Comfortable to wear.Good ring for a textile person or a knitter as there are no sharp edges to catch on any threads.

  • Pièce de Résistance:
    (a.k.a the diamond- filled hollow rings)


    At first glance they seem to be simple, elegant platinum and gold wedding rings. But only the wearers know the secret of what is inside. Each of these rings is filled with 1/2 carat of diamonds - .005 ct full cut VVS stones. Each ring has 100 lovely, high quality, almost microscopic diamonds sealed inside of them. When you shake the rings, it sounds like snow falling. The platinum ring was extremely difficult to make, it was fabricated into a tube in two different parts. It took days to get it absolutely perfect. The 18K ring was much easier, but the challenge was getting it to be exactly the same size as an eternity band, not be too tall, and still have the room inside to accommodate all of the diamonds. One is square in cross section, and one is round, as a nod to Leonardo Da Vinci's vitruvian man. The square band fits exactly inside of the round band. As it should be.

  • Praseolite: a.k.a Green Amethyst

    Posted by LeeAnn Herreid

    Green Amethyst.  All the rage.  As a graduate gemologist, I am not ALLOWED to describe any amethyst as "green".  Professionally, I MUST call it by its true name- Praseolite.  Or, green quartz.  (We don't call citrine yellow amethyst, do we?  No.)  I find "green amethyst" to be an amusing term, and whenever I utter the words it is with a half smirk.  Amethysts are purple. End of story.

    They are all varieties of quartz, and very very pretty!  These praseolites are probably from Brazil, with a nice, full shape to the briolette.  (That is this cut- a fully round teardrop shape with a hole drilled through the top.  It can be difficult to find nice pieces of praseolite cut as briolettes.  When we see them, we snap them up, and love them as earrings.

    Who can resist the color of warm, clear, tropical water....

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  • Rhino Ring

    Posted by LeeAnn Herreid

    The groom likes rhinos!  So we had a stamp made, and stampeded them around this palladium band...

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  • Two Stone Ring

    Posted by LeeAnn Herreid


    A lovely young woman inherited a stunning pair of diamond earrings from her Great-Aunt.  She does not have pierced ears, nor does she want them.

    She also inherited her parent's wedding rings.

    So the diamonds are from the earrings, and the gold is the same gold that was in her parent's wedding rings.  Nice!

    It is difficult to make a ring that looks good with two stones of the same size, (without a larger stone in the center).  So we had to figure out a way to make a two-stone ring that looked balanced, and not like a pair of goggles...

    I think we managed just fine!

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  • Five Stone!

    Posted by LeeAnn Herreid


    The stones in this ring came from an antique Russian Brooch.  Even though the pin was quite beautiful, the owner never wore it, and gave it to her son to use for an engagement ring.

    So we pulled the parts and reassembled them into this lovely ring.  The diamonds are AMAZING Russian-cut stones (believe the hype!).  The wearer is a nurse, so there isn't anything sticking up or able to catch on anything. Nice, secure and comfortable! Just how we like it.

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  • Melty edges...

    Posted by LeeAnn Herreid

    Goldsmiths and jewelers spend years learning to NOT melt the metal they are working on. After about thirty years, it IS possible to melt these pieces in a finely controlled manner. Enter, the "melty rings".

    What we do is to pour an ingot, form it into a band, and very carefully sculpt the metal with a torch for some unique, one of a kind effects.

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