We wanted to create a special pendant for our 2019 Mother’s Day Video Contest, so Lucy Zimmerman, co-owner of Roman Jewelers and a 4th generation jewelry designer, custom designed a spectacular piece for this special contest.
Romance grows this time of year, and nothing is more romantic than a personal, unique gift of jewelry. Brides and grooms, husbands and wives and lovers of all kinds are choosing custom designed jewelry from Roman Jewelers. Part of the process of creating custom jewelery is the wax model. Customers love to see a representation of what their jewelry will actually look like, and we love adding it to our wall of fame…
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 it.by 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: https://www.romanjewelers.com/page/custom-jewelry.html
For three days only, Friday, March 23 – Sunday March 25, Roman Jewelers in Flemington & Bridgewater, NJ, will be hosting an event where customers can sell their gold and receive double dollars to be applied towards a new, fine jewelry or watch purchase or a one-of-a-kind custom designed piece.
Yes, we are very proud of this tanzanite ring that was custom designed and made in our shop at Roman Jewelers last month. One of our customers presented us with a challenge of creating a custom designed ring for her with a tanzanite she purchased while on a trip to Africa.
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.
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:
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.
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.
If you are in the market for an unusual ring, have an idea for something different and spectacular but don’t know where to start – read on to find out why going the custom way may be right for you. By Lucy Zimmerman.
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.
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.”