I’ll try to keep this as brief as possbile as I know time is
valuable. but any and all help/advice you can give me is greatly
First I’ll start off with a little background info so you don’t
think I’m crazy.
I’m not a jeweler, nor do I intend to become one. I just want to try
something new, while hopefully creating something unforgettable for
my wife this Christmas.
My wife and I began dating in early 2004 while we were in college and
were married just over 4 years ago. We settled in my home town in
Vermont - her family is all in Nova Scotia Canada, hundreds of miles
away. She has sacrificed year after year and hasn’t been home for
Christmas since 2003. This coming year, we intend to move to Nova
Scotia, but not before we travel there for Christmas this year to
find out whether or not, “I’ll be able to stand the winter there”!
This will be her first Christmas “home” in seven years and I want it
to be her most mermorable with me yet.
She is a jeweler by trade, she works mostly with glass and does some
beading (www.dupratdesigns.com). She doesn’t do much with silver or
gold, she has taken classes and we have bought most of the required
tools, certainly all of the basics. She is successful with her
primary work (she loves working with glass) and has become very
efficient at producing the pieces so I believe based on this and
possibly a little intimidation she hasn’t spent much time working
with any other mediums.
I’ve always been fascinated by jewelry and in some respects, maybe
even toyed with the idea of making something, but I own a
design/build firm and am on job sites swinging a hammer daily so I
don’t have much need for anything fancy!
I want to make a ring for my wife this Christmas, I assume I will
work with silver. I haven’t really done much pricing, but assume
white gold is out of my price range - we’re saving as much as we can
to make this move to Canada. I have some basic designs in mind, but
am not totally attached to them. There will be but I’m
not sure exactly what cut/shape, number, nor what stone or setting
I need help with the following:
I need suppliers, the best price for the best quality - remember I’m
on a budget - my wife has tons of wholesale accounts with suppliers
but I’m afraid if I use them, she’ll find out - is there anyway
around this? Can I use one of her accounts and ask that it be kept
"off record" by having a confirmation sent to my email and not hers,
and also having the materials sent to another address?
I’m thinking 3 stones different shapes, similar cuts, same gem, with
the multi-band look (I apologize for my lack of specific
termanology) Any suggestions?
Her birth stone is amethyst, she has a couple rings, but doesn’t
wear them often, not sure if she isn’t totally sold on purple or if
they are just the rings (I didn’t buy them!)
She has mentioned she wants a new engagement ring, bigger stone,
different look etc. The one she has now was the one her grandfather
gave her grandmother, very simple, but unique setting (white gold,
prong) the diamond is around 1ct and a miner’s cut, very old,
beautiful ring, valuable and sentimental enough she doesn’t want to
wear it every day. Again, on a budget, and def. cannot afford the
diamond of her dreams - would it be cheesy to buy a decent quality cz
or alternative with the idea in mind that we will replace it with the
real-deal after the move, any thoughts, ladies advice would
specifically be appreciated!?
I’ve watched a lot of tutorial videos with my wife as well as read a
fair amount on techniques and practices, but any and all suggestions
on must see/read material for the actual art itself would be
Again I appreciate you all taking the time to read this, and putting
the thought into a response. Any responses are greatly appreciated.
I have a lot of patience, and love working with new materials. I
know this won’t be easy, and know there will be a tremendous
learning curve, but I will make this happen! You can call me crazy,
you can tell me that there isn’t any way for me to pull it off, but
I’ve attempted and succeeded at far crazier things in my life, so
feel free to tell me it won’t happen - just don’t expect to get any
response! Having help from all of you, as well as working my way
through this project as a begginner will make this outcome, all the
more meaningful, I will keep anyone that is interested posted on my
progress and the outcomes! Thanks again.