Happy birthday to all you October babies! Here are some fun facts about your birthstone; the opal...
- The opal is associated with hope, innocence, happiness, purity, faithfulness, loyalty, and confidence.
- The opal is often used to enhance visualization, imagination, dreams, and healing.
- 95% of opals are mined in Australia. The remaining 5% come from Mexico, Brazil, and the United States.
- The name "opal" means "to see a change in color". The stone comes in a variety of colors; black, crystal. yellow (fire), and white. All of these variations have their own set of characteristic colored flecks. The milky white opal is most common.
- Opals should be worn often, because they only contain 2-6% water. They can become brittle when stored in a dry place, but if worn frequently they absorb humidity off the wearers skin.
And just in case opal doesn't strike your fancy, pink tourmaline (pictured above) is an alternate stone for October birthdays. Do you have any interesting facts to share about these majestic birthstone? Let us know!
We recently talked about how minor changes can make a jewelry design uniquely yours. This week we have another example for you. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and craftsmanship, so whenever we can accommodate a customer's request we do. On the necklace pictured above a customer told us that she loved our 14k gold flat bars, but that she wanted hers arranged a little differently than what was displayed. At her request we combined the two 14k yellow and white gold bars on a single yellow gold jump ring. That change positioned the bars stacked while keeping each charms simple personalization revealed at all times. Even though the two gold bars share a jump ring they are free to move separately. Mixing the gold colors added additional depth to the already layered design. Unblackened letters keeps the design simple and refined.
Here is another version of two layered round charms on a single jump ring that is welded together. With this pendant design and layout, a mother is able to include not only her daughters' long names on the edge of each disc, but also both daughters' birthstones.
If you have a unique design idea, don't hesitate to ask us if we can do it for you because we usually can! Find more great design ideas on Instagram
Looking for something to add to your jewelry design to make it look distinctive?
Diamonds aren't just about adding bling and pizazz to jewelry. While carpeting a design with diamonds can make for a stunning piece, diamonds can also be used in a more subtle fashion. Here are a few examples of designs that incorporate white and colored diamonds to add balance, separation, accents, as the letter 'O" in a name or just a little sparkle to a custom personalized design.
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There are times when a name, date, or short phrase just don't sum up everything you want to say or commemorate on a ring. If you find yourself struggling to decide what you should put on your ring and what you should sacrifice then you might want to consider a graffiti style layout. All that means is the space on a wide ring is filled with lots of twisting and turning text in a variety of fonts... and of coarse a splatter of diamonds to boot!
Stumped on what you can put on a graffiti ring and keep the design fun, interesting, and meaningful? Here are some examples of the variety of information and design elements you can put on the rings to fill them up:
- Names / Initials of Spouse, Kids, Loved Ones
- Nicknames / Pet Names
- Cute sayings or inside jokes by kids or your sweetheart
- Important dates
- Big achievements and accomplishments
- Significant Locations
- Geographic Location Coordinates
- Hometown city and state names
- Area and zip codes
- Heritage, Nationality, Country
- Zodiac Signs
- Religious / Scripture / Inspirational Quotes
- Goals or Motivational Phrases
- Powerful words
- Birthstones and diamonds
- Symbols or Filler Marks ( dots - dashes- asterisks )
- Text in different languages
- Dates in Roman Numerals
- Raised Accent Shapes
So with so many different options where do you start? The best thing to get rolling is to start with a focus. For example I want to design a ring that celebrates our relationship from the beginning until now. Once you have that focus start asking yourself some questions. Where did you meet? How did you meet? Where was your first kiss? What do you adore about the love of your life? What do they mean to you?
Once you get some answers then chose the way you would like to have it personalized on the ring from one of the options on the list. If your first date was at Captains Cove in Bridgeport, CT you could write that location out completely, portions of it, or just put the coordinates. You could put the date it happened in Roman Numerals. Have fun with it, adding variety as you go along, and you will create a wide ring that will be cherished for generations. As always, if you need help just give us a ring and we can help you design one over the phone with live instant mock-ups of what your design will look like.
Here are some of the most popular wide bands on MetalPressions.com:
Sterling Silver 10MM Wide Band
14K Yellow 10mm Wide Band
14K White 10mm Wide Band
14K Rose 10mm Wide Band