As you probably know by now, we do a lot of custom work, especially a lot of custom commitment rings. Often times we create pieces from scratch, but sometimes we also revamp an existing piece. A few months ago a couple came to us with two beautiful wedding bands from their grandparents. They wanted to keep the rings and honor the tradition, however they were looking to customize the rings a little bit and add a personal touch.
Here are the before and after pictures. As you can see, the simple 14K yellow gold half round band (on the left) got a more edgy and sculpted look, while the 14K yellow gold sculpted band (on the right) got a hammered, two-tone look.
We couldn’t be more excited for our customers on their wedding and are so happy they chose us to rework these extra-special pieces. Should you want to revamp an old piece of jewelry, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
What a wonderful Autumn we are having in Chicago! I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful fall weather as much as I am. I love to see the leaves change and get cozy on my couch with a nice cup of tea after a long day of work.
Because this time of year brings a sense of change and reflection, I decided to dedicate this post to everything that is new at Rebecca Zemans Jewelry.
First and most importantly, we have updated our Etsy Shop! If you are interested in buying jewelry from us, or are way ahead on your Christmas shopping, make sure to check out the jewelry here. Of course if you see something that you like, but you would like to add your own personal touch, then we are, as always, available and more than happy to set up an appointment to meet in person or talk on the phone.
We also wanted to share with you our most recent custom wedding jewelry. Autumn is a busy time for weddings in the Midwest and we’ve been very lucky to be part of so many!
Also, we are planning on introducing the ENTIRE Rebecca Zemans Team (RZT) to you in a new series of blog posts, because you guys need to know who helps create the magic in the studio, so stay tuned!
The sapphire is often referred to as the ruby‘s sister. Why? Because they are both made out of the same material, the mineral corundum. Gemstones that belong to the corundum family, which are the hardest besides diamonds, consist of pure aluminum oxide, which over many years crystallized into beautiful colorless gemstones. Other elements such as iron and chrome are responsible for the sapphire’s beautiful coloring. The word “sapphire” derives from the Latin “saphirus” and the Greek “sapheiros”, meaning “blue.” Although mostly known for its deep blue color, the sapphire can come in many other colors including red, yellow, green and pink.
The sapphire dates back to 800 B.C. when they were the gems of choice among clergy and royalty of ancient civilizations like Persia. Blue sapphires were believed to reflect heaven and ward off evil, often put into jewelry as a talisman.
Good quality sapphires are rather rare and are only be found in Burma, India, Sri Lanka, Africa and Brazil. Since the color of the sapphire is so important, and since the stone shines in different colors from different angles, the cutter needs to make sure to cut this very hard gemstone in the right angle in order to maximize the brilliance and luster.
Even though the sapphire is a rather expensive stone to own, once you own it it will be fairly simple to keep clean and beautiful. Due to its hardness the stone doesn’t easily break, and because of its value and mystery, this beautiful gem can be a wonderful substitute for diamonds in engagement rings. It is also associated with 45th wedding anniversaries.
There will be a classical guitarist setting the mood with cocktails and gourmet nibbles making your taste buds go a little wild and several demonstrations, giving you plenty of new ideas for your big day! This is the perfect opportunity for you to meet local jewelry artists (such as me) who specialize in making you or your partner the perfect, one-of-a kind wedding ring or jewelry for your bridal party. There will also be other artists showing their handmade work helping to make your wedding wonderfully artful. You will also have a chance to talk to Migonette Bridal about designing your dream wedding gown!
And as if that isn’t already enough, you get to take home your very own handmade handkerchief, which you will be making during one of the demonstrations.
Because this is such a great event, and Lillstreet is going all out, space is limited. So get your tickets in advance for only $5 (advance ticket price can be applied to a minimum purchase of $25 from the Lillstreet Gallery, Limit 1 per person), or stop by and get a ticket at the door for $10. The first 50 people to arrive will get a tote bag filled with treats.
I have 3 free tickets so if you are interested in attending, please email me as soon as you can, they will go fast!