Tag: custom design jewelry

What’s a Gemstone Roundtable? Would I want to go to one?

If you love gemstones, ask your jeweler if he/she hosts roundtable events.  These are usually evening events that last 2 – 3 hours, taking place after your jewelry store closes.  Food and drink are often served, and you are introduced to a gemstone expert.  This expert shares knowledge and stories about gemstones and the gemstone industry.  Sitting at a, usually rectangular, table, guests are given the chance to see, touch, and dib on approximately 100 different gemstones.  Dibbing simply means that you would like another look at that gemstone after it has gone around the table.  These gemstones are for sale, but there is never an obligation to buy.  The goal is to have fun learning about and playing with gemstones.

More people want to be involved in the making of their jewelry.  Mountings can mask flaws of gemstones, so it’s to the buyer’s advantage to see gemstones un-mounted.  And mountings can be unique if you work with a custom designer.  On-staff designers are generally at the roundtable event and they can help you with ideas for any gemstone you select for purchase.  The whole process of 1) picking out the gemstone; 2) deciding on a design; and 3) having the piece made by your local jeweler is a memorable one.

Dearborn Jewelers recently hosted a roundtable event with gemstone dealer, Judith Whitehead.  Our next event will be in September.  If you are interested in attending, give us a call and we can put you on the list.  It promises to be a great time.

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Designing Your Anniversary Ring -A Symbol of 30 Years

| December 21, 2014 | Reply

After thirty years of marriage, my husband knows me, my love of gems, and my path towards the

jewelry industry. He actually likes jewelry, too, and, over the years, has bought me some

beautiful pieces. But he said to me, months ago, “I really can’t surprise you with jewelry

anymore. It doesn’t make sense when you’re the one with the knowledge and

connections.”

Instead we did something I’d highly recommend to any couple. . .we designed our

anniversary ring together, following a few basic steps.

 

1) BRAINSTORMING

We pulled out the post-it notes and some wine and brainstormed about what our marriage meant to us.

Big things and little things. . .no answer was refused. . .until our brains felt empty of ideas.

 

2) ORGANIZING

We organized our multitude of post-it notes into broad categories, trying to see the bigger picture of what

our marriage meant. The goal was to consolidate to one or two broad themes.

 

3) DESIGNING

Taking our themes as inspiration, we began to design our ring. What design elements

would best portray those themes? We drew. . .not very well, mind you. . .on our post-its

instead of writing on them. But, after several iterations, a ring began to take shape.

 

4) COMPUTER MODELING

Then I took that sketch to Dearborn Jewelers. With their Computer-Aided Design

(CAD) program, Countersketch, they can help you make your drawing into an actual

model that can then be cast and finished into a ring you can wear. . . .well, for at least the

next 30 years. Every time I look at that ring, I see the symbol of our life together.

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