New Jewelry and E-Store Coming to Michael Abraham

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Most of what I have been doing to this point has been based around custom items for private clients. This is getting a refresh, as I add a collection of elegant, timeless pieces to my lineup of products. Everyone should have some colorful basics, and I will be rolling out new and attractive pieces though my upcoming online store here at www.michaelabrahamgems.com

Stay tuned to see some unique pieces, all done in 18k gold or platinum.

Essentials of Quality - A Fully Handmade Engagement Ring

Making a fully handmade ring is something very few companies do. Today, most rings, even diamonds rings, are made by wax casting metal and then polishing that metal. The results from cast pieces vary depending on the wax, the casting, the design, and the people doing the polishing work. Though great results can be achieved through casting, some people want a product made in a more traditional way.

A handmade ring is something very rare in today's world because of the time it takes to make it, and the skill needed to perform all to procedures properly. Handmade rings typically cost double that of the highest quality cast piece. However, when a master jeweler makes a handmade ring, there is an intangible beauty to it which is not possible to replicate through other methods. 

The first step in making a hand made ring, is to form together metal in a block or a disk.  

The first step in making a hand made ring, is to form together metal in a block or a disk.  

The platinum is heated to remove any impurities and to form a disk which can then be rolled into wire.  

The platinum is heated to remove any impurities and to form a disk which can then be rolled into wire.  

The platinum disk is passed through a metal roller multiple time in order to form wire.  

The platinum disk is passed through a metal roller multiple time in order to form wire.  

The wire is then pounded on an anvil to squeeze out impurities.  

The wire is then pounded on an anvil to squeeze out impurities.  

The hammered wire is passed through the roller again, and begins to take on a shinier appearance.  

The hammered wire is passed through the roller again, and begins to take on a shinier appearance.  

Pieces of wire are then cut to form various portions of the ring head. These are then attached to a plate at the bottom.  

Pieces of wire are then cut to form various portions of the ring head. These are then attached to a plate at the bottom.  

Since this ring had tapered baguettes on the sides, wire is cut and filed to create settings to mouth the baguettes in. 

Since this ring had tapered baguettes on the sides, wire is cut and filed to create settings to mouth the baguettes in. 

The settings for the baguettes are soldered to the plate and the center stone holder, and the stones are checked to make sure they will fit.

The settings for the baguettes are soldered to the plate and the center stone holder, and the stones are checked to make sure they will fit.

The top portion of the ring is filed to give shape and delicacy to the ring. Notice how the plate is slowly being filed away  

The top portion of the ring is filed to give shape and delicacy to the ring. Notice how the plate is slowly being filed away  

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After the top is formed wire is bent to form the shape of the ring shank. Then it is cut to perfectly fit the head.  The piece is tested to make sure it's a perfect fit.

After the head and the shank are check that they match, the jeweler goes ahead and solders them together to form the complete ring shape. After it's connected the ring is then filed even more to create curves and lines as part of the design.  Also note that the prong is split in half. It will have a double prong setting.

After the head and the shank are check that they match, the jeweler goes ahead and solders them together to form the complete ring shape. After it's connected the ring is then filed even more to create curves and lines as part of the design.  Also note that the prong is split in half. It will have a double prong setting.

The stones are then set in the platinum, and the ring finally polished.  

The stones are then set in the platinum, and the ring finally polished.  

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The final hand made piece is complete after many procedures taking a great deal of time. The advantages to this type of ring are in the quality of the metal work. there is simply no way to get a cleaner and more well finished piece. But is it worth the extra expense? That depends on ones appreciation for the tiny details, and for the work of a master craftsman.

The Concierge Jeweler -Custom and more

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The term Concierge jeweler has been used much more these days to describe a few types of jewelry businesses and services.  But what does the term mean, and who qualifies as a concierge jeweler?

Today’s jeweler market has something for just about everyone. From small pave rings, to multimillion dollar gemstone necklaces, showroom windows are awash in luxury. Walking into a fine retailer like Neiman Marcus it’s impossible not to get lured in by all the amazing styles, designs, materials, and colors, which tickle the eyes of all that pass by. It would seem that there is no need to go beyond these retailers' walls to be fully satisfied in a purchase. Certainly, most top retailers maintain a stock of goods from many famous designer, and the total value of goods a top store keeps is more than enough to blow the budget of all but the wealthiest of consumers.  Still, many clients prefer working privately with a jewelry concierge.

The concierge or personal jeweler operates a bit differently than many retails. While many retailers act in some way like a concierge, a personal jeweler differentiates by the type of services provide, and the level of service. Concierge jewelers typically work from a private office. Without a retail location, most concierge work based on word of mouth and recommendations. This is important, because with large purchases having a level of trust and privacy is very important. Also, a concierge typically doesn’t keep much stock  like a retail store. The Concierge purchases goods with their particular customers in mind and often sources based on requests. Typically, clients have very specific needs – be it a diamond, a colored stone, or  a particular style of jewelry. The concierge will comb the markets for perfect items and then propose to their clients. It becomes a strong working relationship in the way an interior designer helps plan out styles that their clients will live with for a long time.

 

Working in CAD clients can see their ring before it's complete. Changes or adjustments can be made to ensure a perfect design. 

Working in CAD clients can see their ring before it's complete. Changes or adjustments can be made to ensure a perfect design. 

The goal of a concierge jeweler is to both find the perfect stone for the client and build a piece exactly to their taste and style requirements. 

The goal of a concierge jeweler is to both find the perfect stone for the client and build a piece exactly to their taste and style requirements. 

One of the key elements in concierge jewelry is customization and client input. In today’s market for quality goods, customization is important in that people, when they are spending a large amount of money for a piece jewelry, want that piece to have a personal connection and meaning. Also, when people are spending large sums, getting exactly what they want is something not always available in a stock piece.

Other advantages of working with concierge jewelers include better pricing, more personalized approach to doing business, and of course – the ability to have someone on call. Additionally, many concierge jewelers travel and in that, seek out unique goods they know their clients want - even if it means going to the end of the earth to get it.

In the end, working with a concierge or private jeweler is a great way for someone to get the exact items they want, with much more personalized service – and frequently, more affordable pricing.