What I'm working on

by Melissa Scoppa August 10, 2018

What I'm working on

Here is a quick look into some of what goes into creating each piece of jewelry. 

I thought it would be fun to share a few of the preliminary sketches that did not end up getting used. I tried to provide a wide variety of styles when determining a starting point. Take a look! Which would you choose?


For this custom Pink Ribbon Ring in 14K Rose Gold, I started with a jeweler's wax ring blank. This is a tube made out of a hard wax that is meant for carving and sculpting. The first step is to carve away the inside diameter to the correct finger size.

The general shape is roughed out and a lot of the wax material is carved away quickly with coarse files and rotary bits. 

Once the shape of the design is developed further, the surface is finished with sandpaper and polished. 

 Not Shown: Wax carving is cast into 14 Karat Rose gold using the Lost Wax Casting method.


Sharp metal engraving tools are used to carve out the stone settings by hand. Each Pink Topaz gemstone is measured with calipers and a corresponding group of drill bits and jewelers stone setting burs are used to drill out each "seat" where the stone will go.

The stones are put in place and an engraving tool is used to raise a bead of metal up and over the top of each stone in four different places.

Millgrain detail which is a row of tiny beading is applied to the outline of the ribbon shape and the Ring is then stamped with the 14K hallmark, cleaned and polished.

I've always felt strongly that jewelry could be more than just decoration. Yes, it can be beautiful and fashionable (of course) but it can also be a symbol of a personal achievement/empowerment, a good luck charm, an expression of identity, or an heirloom that reminds you of your heritage, or loved one. In this case it was many of those things as well as just simply being a thoughtful, handmade gift that was meant to cheer someone up who was going through a really tough time!

Here's another look at the before and after on different wax carved ring.

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Jewelry Sizing Guides

Necklace Sizing Guide

The length of a necklace affects how it looks when you wear it. Always pay attention to necklace length when you’re purchasing jewelry, and be aware of how different necklace lengths look on you.

Most pendants can not be switched to longer or shorter chains on your own and they would need to be sent in to us for the alteration. They are designed so that the pendant does not fall off of the chain and the bail (part that connects the pendant to the chain) is too small to fit over the clasp and end ring.

We suggest that you measure a necklace that you already have and that is the length that you are looking for. Measurements should be taken from end to end including the clasp.


Ring Sizing Guide

Method #1

To get the most accurate measurement possible we urge you to get professionally sized at a local jewelry store and it that is not possible, pick up one of our Plastic Ring Sizers available in the shop. This sizer gives a pretty accurate measurement and is essentially free since it comes with a 4$ coupon code for a future ring purchase with us.

We also realize that time is of the essence sometimes and/or maybe you have plenty of rings lying around that fit perfect but just can't remember the size. Therefore we have outlined two possible ways for you to measure your ring size using this handy dandy printable PDF.

Please be sure to follow the instructions and double check measurements with a ruler. Printers can be tricky with sizing.


Method #2 - Measure A Ring That Fits

Place your ring over the closest matching sized circle, make sure the inside of the ring fits around the outside of the circle. If you are between sizes, order up.

Method #3 - Measure Your Finger With a Ruler

1 - Get a non-stretchy string or paper about 6" long and 1/4" wide.

2 - Wrap around the base of your finger. It has to fit snug, but not too tight.

3 - Mark the point on the string/paper where it overlaps forming a circle.

4 - Compare the length of the string/paper to the chart. That is your ring size.

*If you are between sizes, order a larger size.

Make sure your finger is at a normal body temperature -- fingers can shrink or expand when cold or hot. If your knuckle is much larger than your finger’s base, take two separate measurements and choose a size in between. You want a ring to fit over your knuckle, but not be too loose or it will shift around.