New Work – Summer 2013

We have been busy building up our inventory and working on many custom pieces and so we thought it would be nice to give you a little preview on what we have been working on!

These two gorgeous pieces are wedding bands, which have been carved in wax and then cast into 14K gold with diamonds.

These two anniversary bands are variations of our classic Starburst Ring in different metals.

And here are some of the custom necklaces we have been working on over the last few weeks/months. As you might be able to see, the necklaces on the left are variations of our classic Luna Pendant and our Meteor Pendant.

If you have heirloom stones lying around at home and you don’t know what to do with them, take a look at our website and our hope is that you get inspired and come up with your own design to reuse those special stones!

For more information on what it is like to work with us on custom pieces, please click here.

We can’t wait to hear from you 😉

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Mohs Scale of Hardness

This blog post is dedicated to Mohs scale of hardness. We use it frequently with our stone of the month series so we wanted to take this opportunity to dedicate an entire post to explain it. It is important to know the Mohs hardness in order to better care for different gemstones.

The Mohs scale is a way of measuring a stone’s scratch resistance against a harder material. It was invented in 1812 by the German geologist and mineralogist Friedrich Mohs and ever since has been used to test and describe the hardness of minerals. While Mohs was the first one to invent an actual scale, testing the hardness of minerals by scratching them against each other was nothing new to people at that point. As a matter of fact, people had been doing it for hundreds of years prior.

The scale goes from 1 being the softest to 10 the hardest. If you have been following our birthstone blog series, then you know that diamonds are the hardest of all minerals, measuring a 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness. The turquoise on the other hand only measures a 5-7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which makes this stone soft and prone to scratches.

To give you a better idea of how hard a diamond actually is let’s compare it to common objects. For example a fingernail is a 2.5 on the scale, while a copper penny is not much higher with a 3 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Glass on the other hand is already about a 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness, making it about as hard as quartz.

I hope this helped you understand what we are talking about when we get a little bit carried away with all of our jewelry and gemstone talk!

New Custom Pieces!

With Spring upon us, we wanted to share the new custom pieces we’ve been working on this Winter. We’ve been so busy that we realized we hadn’t shown you many new pieces in a while. So here is a glimpse of some of our most recent work.

We couldn’t have done it without our amazing clients whose vision make these designs possible. We always love making our customers dreams come true because it pushes our creativity and skills keeping us fresh and on our toes. For example, we worked with Palladium for the first time, which can be a difficult metal to work with. However, it was all worth it! We are so excited about how it came out because of the contrast it created with the yellow gold inlay. Check it out in the album below, we can’t wait to use it again.

Our newest pieces also include fingerprints engraved onto the inside of wedding bands, a fun wedding ring stacking set and a gorgeous sapphire engagement ring. For mother’s and father of another bridal party we created some custom petoskey jewelry for a destination wedding taking place in Traverse City, Michigan. And the Nebula ringwe created as an engagement ring last year now has a wedding ring which was designed to fill it like a puzzle! Wow, we’re even a little impressed with ourselves 🙂 Please visit more of our other our custom wedding bands here.

Indie Wed

What an exciting year already! I can’t believe it’s almost February!

Currently I’m preparing for my next big project, Indie Wed, an alternative to the traditional bridal expo. If you are getting married in the near future, or know someone who is, and you live in Chicago, then you should definitely try to attend this beautiful and artistic event.

At Indie Wed there will be many different vendors, giving you the opportunity to pick and choose one-of-a-kind wedding items such as jewelry, decorations, flower arrangements, cakes, music and much, much more! While picking and choosing the pieces to your unique wedding, you will also be supporting Chicago’s smaller, independent businesses.

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I myself will be showing samples of wedding and engagement rings and I couldn’t be more excited to be part of this important event! For those of you interested in collaborating on rings, make sure to stop by my booth #54 on the first floor.

If you’re not getting married, but would like to reset your engagement ring or create an anniversary band, please don’t hesitate to contact us to set up an appointment. If you’re not in Chicago, please don’t let geography stop you. We work with people virtually all the time, it’s amazing how that technology works 😉

Indie Wed will take place on February 2nd, from 10 am until 4 pm at the Ravenswood Event Center. The entrance is located at 4043 N. Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago. Tickets are now on sale, please click here to purchase your ticket.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Introducing…Gift Cards!

We are so excited to share some exciting news with you! We realized that as a jewelry company that specializes in custom work, we needed to offer the perfect gift by giving our special one of a kind service as a gift!

So here they are, just in time for the holiday season we are introducing RZ Jewelry Gift Cards!

Give the most unique present!

                                                        A gift card like no other!

If you are interested in getting one of these amazing gift cards, please feel free to stop by the studio or simply click here to learn how to order one!

Rebecca Zemans News

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.

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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!

Lillstreet Artisan Wedding Fair

Are you or is someone you know getting married soon? Are you/they looking to add some unique qualities to the event? If so, please come to the Artisan Wedding Fair at Lillstreet Art Center on Sunday, August 12, from 12pm – 4pm.

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!

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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!

Hope to see you there 🙂