Tips on Customizing an Engagement Ring Using a Family Diamond

Two white gold engagement ringsEngagement Ring Custom Designed by Roman Jewelers

Did you or your fiancé-to-be have the luck to receive an engagement ring from your grandmother or a diamond wedding band from a relative in your family? Heirloom pieces carry a lot of sentimental value, but may not look exactly the way you would like. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to create a custom designed engagement ring with the existing center stone that you’ve received? Here is how to do Anna Sacca

What’s Your Style?

The first step in the process of customizing your engagement ring is discovering exactly what you like. Solitaire, pronged, and halo are just a few of the options. Keep in mind that any setting you choose can be made to fit to accommodate your center stone. Whether you have an emerald, oval, asscher, cushion, radiant, or heart-shaped diamond or a beautiful colored gemstone, you will need to find the perfect setting to display your stone.

Start by browsing for ideas online or download a jewelry app to your phone, such as the one from Simon G Jewelry. This app includes a “Try it On!” feature which allows you to upload a picture of your hand to see how different ring styles will look on your finger.  A window-shopping session at your local jewelry store will give you a hands-on experience that will really help you narrow down your search to discover exactly what you like. Remember this is a piece of jewelry you’ll be wearing on your left hand for the rest of your life so it is important to get it right.

Set Up a Budget

You’re in luck! Resetting a family stone to create a custom engagement ring isn’t as expensive as purchasing a new ring. So don’t stress too much about the old “two-month salary” standard to assess how much you should spend. A good jeweler will collaborate with you on the design and will use your stones and/or materials from your existing band to create the ring of your dreams while saving you money. Make sure to communicate your budget and vision clearly to your jeweler to ensure a happy ending in your ring shopping process.

Keep the Wedding Ring in Mind 

It’s customary to wear engagement and wedding rings on the same finger so you may want discuss with your jeweler how your two rings will fit together.

Your jewelry designer will be able to sketch your dream rings to give you an idea of how they will fit together. Here at Roman Jewelers, we introduced a high-tech computer program that allows our customers to visualize their custom bridal jewelry.

If you’re interested in working with us to create custom handmade jewelry, please visit our New Jersey locations in Flemington and Bridgewater and click here for more details:




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A Personal & Perfect Gift, Everflowers by Allyson

Roman Jewelers' exclusive design, everflowersThree Everflowers by Allyson, worn on a 14k gold chain

Looking for the perfect gift for her? Allyson, our jewelry designer at Roman Jewelers in Flemington, has created a special piece of jewelry that will give your wife, mother or grandmother something meaningful to enjoy and cherish. It is called Everflowers by Allyson.

The idea behind Everflowers is that these beautiful flowers last forever and are created with whatever center stone you’d like, then strung on a necklace or bracelet. Does she love sapphires? Is your son’s birthstone emerald? Maybe she wants her family of four represented proudly. It gives her the opportunity to talk about those she loves because Everflowers is a conversation piece, too.

Allyson created Everflowers because her customers often come to her for something “personal” but not “popular.”  They want something unique that isn’t seen on anyone else. This is accomplished not only by the personalization of the stone, but also because of the fact that Everflowers is only available at Roman Jewelers and it is not mass-produced, but rather hand-made right here in our shop in Flemington, NJ.

“We started it at Mother’s Day and it has brought great joy,” said Allyson. She was surprised and humbled by the positive feedback and stories she heard from Moms about the few pieces she had created. “With that type of positive feedback, we wanted to move forward with a line of product that we could call our own, and she could call her own.”

Everflowers is created with any stone that the customer chooses and in any metal they’d like. One of our customers did decide to string “her kids” on a beautiful 14k gold chain, and another chose to attach the flowers to a bracelet, like charms. Whatever idea you choose, we will create and cast individually so it is required that you come visit us, take a look at our samples and provide adequate time to create the custom flower(s).

So, next time, if you are considering flowers, maybe you should come to Roman Jewelers to see the flowers that last forever.

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When Emeralds and Diamonds Fit Together, a Beautiful Three-Stone Ring is Formed

Three stone ring with an emerald cut diamond and two emeraldsSince posting a graphic of the three-stone ring with an emerald-cut diamond and two green emeralds a few days ago,  I received phone calls and e-mails asking me to post a photo of the finished ring. Here it is for all to admire and enjoy. I know that the picture does not do the ring justice it deserves – I am still a photographer in training.

But if you have a diamond and would like to redesign it into a different piece of jewelry while adding colored stones to the design, only your imagination  – or the lack of – can limit you. You see, not only are diamonds beautiful stones by themselves, they work great with many colored stones, bringing an array of new feelings and emotions to the wearer.

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Custom Jewelry Design at Roman Jewelers Starts with the Customer

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A CAD image of the custom design is shared with the customer. Copyright: Roman Jewelers

Every customer that wants a custom design comes in with an idea of what they are trying to accomplish—from the simplest hint like, “I want it to look like something my Grandma would wear” to elaborate and detailed descriptions of exactly what they envision. Sometimes, customers see something they like in a magazine and want Roman Jewelers to recreate it with different touches or different stones. In the end, they choose custom because only a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry will do.

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Central NJ Engagement Ring Trends

Tacori Crescent Lace Rings at Roman Jewelers

Christmas and New Years are the most popular times to get engaged and many ‘guys’ came into Roman Jewelers to do their shopping this year. So far, we don’t have any requests for returns so the proposals must have gone well. Furthermore, the rings must have been well received by the ladies; which is fabulous news. Maybe all of those hints paid off! But really, his hard work, research, and decision to team up with a Roman Jewelers’ sales consultant ensure a good choice and a happy fiancé. So, here’s the report on what was hot in Central Jersey!

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Meaningful and Heartfelt Gift Purchasing on a Budget

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The bamboo collection of bangles from John Hardy starts at $250. photo credit: John Hardy

Everyone knows that when it comes to sincere gift giving, there is no substitution for a gift of fine jewelry. She loves it, it is meaningful, personal, and it shows that you took the time to ‘shop.’ A gift of fine jewelry is the most thoughtful gift for anyone you love for any special occasion. That part is easy. The hard part for many is the “budget.” But, a gift of fine jewelry does not have to break the bank. Here are some suggestions on purchasing affordable gifts that still come in those cute little boxes that are sure to delight:

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Cooking and custom jewelry…what do they have in common?

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Custom rings designed by Lucy Zimmerman at Roman Jewelers

By: Lucy Zimmerman

For me, there is nothing more enjoyable than designing new one-of-a-kind jewelry and creating new cooking recipes.  The love for original jewelry comes to me from my Dad, and for cooking from my Mom.

Both, designing jewelry and cooking, usually start with inspiration.

Sometimes, I walk into a supermarket, look at the row of bright colorful vegetables, and decide on making a wonderful vegetable stew, mixing the vegetables with spices and a little bit of butter.

As for jewelry design, sometimes I see a stone that takes my breath away, and I imagine that stone in a one-of-a-kind ring.  Sometimes, it could be something as simple as a flower that makes me think of making a piece of jewelry.

Whatever inspires you let your imagination run wild, and allow it to take you to places you haven’t been before.

Just to share with you, here is one of my recent designs. I was fascinated by the beauty of this blue tanzanite with just a hint of purple in it when I first saw it at a jewelry show in Las Vegas. I purchased the stone and made sketches for it, imagining it first in a pendant, and then finally deciding on a ring.

As for cooking, here is my favorite recipe for Russian Blinis. My Mom taught me to make these delicious crepes when I was a little girl. I am happy to share it with you.

Russian Blinis

 Serve with sour cream, jelly, or sugar.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil


  • In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, salt, and sugar, lightly. Gradually add one cup of milk and whisk together. Add flour and mix together. Gradually, add one more cup of milk. Stir to combine. Add the oil; beat until very smooth. You can add more milk if needed to make batter liquid. 
  • Heat a non-oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each crepe. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.  
  • Cook the crepe for about 1 minute, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side. Serve hot.
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 For the second year, Roman Jewelers of Flemington and Bridgewater will giveaway a luxury wedding to a couple who makes the biggest impact on one of ten New Jersey charities

 Flemington – A lucky couple who makes the biggest difference by conducting an original and creative philanthropic initiative can win a free luxury wedding in this year’s Roman Jewelers Wedding Contest presented by Roman Jewelers of Flemington & Bridgewater and New Jersey Bride magazine.

 Last year’s contest, originally created to celebrate Roman Jewelers’ 20th Anniversary and help area charities raise funds and awareness in tough economic times, was so successful they decided to hold it again.  Thanks to the efforts of ten dedicated finalist couples, the inaugural contest raised nearly $100,000 for ten area non-profits in 6 short weeks.

 “There was an outpouring of interest from area residents and charities. Last year’s couples did such a good job. They worked so hard and the community is so thankful.  We don’t expect any less from this year’s contest,” said Roman Jeweler’s store co- owner Sophie Shor.  “We’re expecting more,” she adds with a smile.

 Roman Jewelers is pleased to partner with generous area businesses such as Frungillo Caterers, owned by Jerry and Robert Frungillo, known for stunning catering venues and their TV show, Masters of Reception on TLC

 “We are also pleased to partner with New Jersey Bride magazine, whose coverage of the contest will further help the charities’ causes,” says Shor.Couples interested in winning their dream luxury wedding by helping others should register online then attend auditions on Saturday, July 17th at the Villa at Mountain Lakes, in Mountain Lakes, NJ. Those who attend will tell their love story to a panel of judges, after which 20 couples will be chosen to compete as semifinalists.

 Once chosen, semifinalists will develop “Good Deed Plans,” or philanthropic initiatives for one of the ten Charitable Partners involved in the event.” The 10 most impressive plans will move on as finalists and implement their “Good Deeds” from August 2nd to September 30th, 2010.

 The winning couple will be announced at Flemington’s Renaissance Plaza in October. They will be chosen based on the couple’s love story, their dedication to helping others, the impact they’ve had on charity and the results of their Good Deed.

 To register and find out more information about the luxury wedding visit

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One girl’s favorite things–in jewelry, of course!

Diamond Tacori engagement ring and wedding band

Here are a few of my favorite things:

I love jewelry. And here are a few of my favorite things. Of course, we, women, are known for changing our minds and preferences often, but for now…

Favorite watch:  Rolex Datejust

Favorite gem stone: Diamond

Favorite colored stone: Imperial Topaz

Favorite piece of jewelry: Custom designed pink gold earrings

Favorite jewelry designer: Tacori

Favorite metal: Platinum

Favorite charm bracelet: Chamilia

Every time I open my jewelry box and look at my jewelry and watches collection, my favorites stand out to me and I wear them more often than other. What are your favorite pieces of jewelry?

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Custom Design Work and Faberge Easter Eggs at Roman Jewelers


Winter Egg by Peter Carl Faberge
Winter Egg by Peter Carl Faberge

No, you won’t find Imperial Faberge Easter Eggs at Roman Jewelers!

The Easter Eggs designed and crafted by the Russian jeweler Peter Carl Faberge are extraordinary objects of art given by the last two Russian czars to their czarinas as Easter gifts.

The eggs are masterpieces through which the history of Russia at the end of the 19th century through the Great Russian Revolution of 1917 could be told. They tell a fascinating story of love, privilege, beauty, and the downfall of a Russian dynasty.
Faberge’s Imperial Easter Eggs are the pinnacle of the jeweler’s art.  Every jeweler dreams of achieving the level of craftsmanship that Carl Faberge was able to achieve.

As jewelry designers, we can only strive to reach higher and higher levels in the work that we produce. We can study Faberge’s work and learn from his phenomenal craftsmanship.

And we can love, and we can tell of our love with special words, special gifts and, yes, with a gift of an Easter Egg.

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Custom Jewelry as Unique as She Is!

Custom designed stud earrings
Personal and Beautiful Custom Deisgned Earrings from Roman Jewelers

Whose initials are DJM?

They belong to one of the customer’s of Roman Jewelers. Her husband asked us to make a pair of unique, one-of-a-kind custom cluster diamond earrings for her, but with a caveat; he wanted to incorporate her initials into the design. He also wanted a classic design along with a cluster of diamonds set so closely together that they would look like one large round diamond.

How does a custom  jewelry designer satisfy both requests? A classic cluster of diamonds comprising a circle of diamonds and three initials; all in one design? Is it even possible? For an experienced jeweler familiar with custom design challenges, it is!

And here is a solution we came up with. The front of the earring is a cluster of diamonds set with a technique we call “invisible setting”.  With this technique the diamonds are set very, very close to each other, with prongs visible only on the circumference of the earring. Look at the image very closely; you really cannot see the prongs between the diamonds in the center of the earring.

Now, to the interesting part. Turn the earring upside-down and look at the back.  Do you see the three initials on the back of the earring? We cut the initials right into the metal on the back.

What do these initials stand for? They represent the first letters of the first, middle, and last name of the wife of the gentleman who ordered these earrings.

But to me, they also carry a hidden message, “I love you. I want you to have a truly unique piece of jewelry. They were made especially for you, and only with you in mind. Wear them in good health.”

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