Custom Design Weekend…just in time for the Holidays

The answer to finding that magical, memorable, one-of-a-kind holiday gift can be found at Roman Jewelers Custom Design Weekend event November 9 – 10. Bring your dreams to life from scratch or refresh a family heirloom. Custom jewelry is a gift that will touch the heart this holiday like no other.

Work one-on-one with our designers to create something as unique and special as your loved one.  Appointments are encouraged and can be made at Schedule an Appointment or by calling (908) 575.1242.

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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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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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Custom Jewelry as Unique as She Is!

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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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You Cannot Make a Mistake Buying a Tanzanite

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Custom-designed tanzanite pendant by Roman Jewelers of Flemington and Bridgewater, NJ

Would you like to own an heirloom gemstone? If so, Tanzanite may be just the stone. Tanzanite can be bought today, but it is only going to be unearthed from the ground for the next 10 to 15 more years. Beyond our generation, the stone will have to be inherited or bought at auctions. This makes it a perfect choice for a custom designed heirloom piece.

Tanzanite is found only in one place on earth, the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. A rare stone, with an exquisite mix of purple, blue, and violet hues, the stone is breathtaking. The strong blue and strong blue /violet colors of tanzanite are combined with red flashes that are radiated from within of the gemstone, making it simply irresistible. Tanzanite gemstones range in color from dark royal blue to lighter shades of periwinkle.

Although tanzanite was formed some 585 million years ago, it was not “discovered” until 1967.  Today, this gemstone equally appeals to gemstone collectors and to consumers looking for a custom designed piece that is rare and unique.

Our Roman Jewelers custom jewelry designers call tanzanite a dream-stone. The color of tanzanite goes well with platinum, as well as white and yellow gold. It is also a color that matches all the skin tones.

You cannot make a mistake buying a tanzanite; a beautiful, brilliant, and rare gemstone.  and if you own one and would like to set it in a beautuful one-of-a-kind mounting, we’ll be happy to design it for you. You will wear and enjoy it for many years to come, and then will be proud to pass it to the next generation.

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Going Green, Getting Stylish

Two strands of white pearlsIn these times every fashion (and environmentally) conscious girl is looking for savvy solutions to keep her jewelry current! So, why not recycle?  Or, as we say in the jewelry business, “restyle”.

Just check your jewelry box and look at all those “old” jewelry pieces. The brooch given to you by your mother contains some beautiful cabochon corals but it has a broken clasp; The cocktail ring with a big emerald that you inherited from your grandmother is so outdated; but that stone sure is to valuable to sell. What about those cluster pearl earrings you used to love “back in the day?”

Some of these pieces are so sentimental to you; they are part of your life and your memories. The others contain valuable metals and stones.

What do you do with all these jewelry pieces?

The answer is quite simple; restyle. Bring all of these jewelry pieces that have been in your jewelry box unused and unworn, back to life.

Most often people restyle their unworn pieces for two reasons: sentimental and financial. Truth is, both are the best reasons!

A jewelry designer will advise you on what is the right thing to do. Sometimes, just a simple fix and a good polish, will make the piece sparkle with new life. Sometimes, the old piece would need to be taken apart and a brand-new piece made using your metals and stones.

You’d be surprised what a little fashion redesigning would do for your outdated jewelry. Best of all, it was a relatively inexpensive fix that will spruce up your wardrobe and make those “old” fashions become “new again.

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Custom Designed Jewelry

Pearl and diamond-studded bow pendantWhy do people opt for custom designed jewelry? Because it is special, because it is uniquely theirs, and because it is one-of-a-kind.

You are one-of-a-kind too. You have a unique personality, and so can your jewelry.  When I design jewelry, I always do it with the person’s unique personality and life style in mind.

When I ask you questions about you and your life style, I want to make sure that the piece of jewelry I design for you deserves not only a compliment of “Wow! This is beautiful!” I am looking for “Wow! This is beautiful, and it is so ME!”  This is the best compliment for a jewelry designer.

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