The Tucson Gem Show Never Lets Me Down

The Tucson Gem Show Never Lets Me Down! I wanted to share with you some photos from the last Tucson Gem Show.  I have been attending this show almost every year since 1975, and the show seems to be wilder and bigger every year! This year a client asked me to create a ring and [...]

A Ring Worth Waiting For

A Ring Worth Waiting For ! One weekend day a couple came by the studio.  As I greeted them, they said that they were visiting and owned one of my pendants and loved it!  In the course of our conversation I learned that they were actually visiting to get ideas about a new setting for [...]

When Something Old Is New Again

When Something Old Is New Again ! A woman who has always admired my jewelry was in the studio and told me that she had some pieces that she wasn’t wearing.  She wanted to know if I could do something with an existing piece of jewelry that was made with a number of diamonds.  I [...]

A Happy Holiday to All!

A Happy Holiday to All! We always look forward to decorating our windows for the holidays! It’s that time of year when the days get shorter, and the nights come earlier.  I enjoy the feeling of being warm and snug in my studio, making surprises to be shared at Christmas time. We want to thank [...]

It was great to make a dream come true

Here is a fabulous Starbrite-cut blue topaz with white gold and diamonds.  What could be better? I could write a blog about the annual Tucson Gem Show.  After a day of looking at “gems”, it’s always fun to relax and also look at “rocks”. A close friend of mine is a mineral collector.  His wife [...]

If this looks like fun, it was

“If this looks like fun, it was” Two of our favorite clients, Sharon and Diane, dropped by the studio.  Sharon asked if I could make a watch band for her unusual vintage gold watch. I had recently made Sharon a fabulous lapis, blue sapphire and ruby ring.  Sharon is very adventurous and had chosen the [...]

Summer in Carmel

Summer in Carmel When the days get longer during the summer, there’s more time to enjoy the Monterey Peninsula.  Photo courtesy of Evoking Images. In The Barnyard, our gallery enjoys a view of the exquisite gardens in an outdoor setting.  The gardens bloom all year round, especially during the summer.  That’s us upstairs on the [...]

You have to love a special request.

“You have to love a special request” A couple who often mark a special occasion with a piece of my jewelry came to me with a request. They wanted to know if I could create a necklace using the symbols that they had in their matching tattoos.  While they were in the store I took [...]

Often you don’t know the outcome until its finished.

“Often you don't know the outcome until its finished” A very adventurous client who lives out of state was interested in a pair of boulder opal earrings.  Her only request was that they be blue. I had only a single large gem blue boulder opal that had purchased at the Tucson Gem Show.  I had [...]

I’ve learned a lot from my clients

“I’ve learned a lot from my clients.” It’s always great when I get a commission to create a suite that I always wanted to make.  A couple had seen a ring in all yellow gold. They asked if the design could be recreated in white and yellow gold.  I immediately created the design modification that [...]