A New Life for Old Diamonds

I’m often asked whether it’s possible to remove old diamonds from existing jewelry for use in new designs. In most cases, the answer is yes!  InclusionscustomThe eternity band above was created in partnership with Inclusions Gallery in Bernal Heights. The diamonds were removed from a client’s old pendant and re-set into 14k white gold. Using your heirloom gems preserves a sentimental element in the new jewelry I create for you. A number of previous posts (such as here, here and here) utilized diamonds from old settings which we styled into something new.

If the diamonds in your old jewelry are in good shape (without any chips or cracks) it is likely they are good candidates for reuse in a custom piece of jewelry. Based on the shape, dimension, and cuts of the diamonds you supply, a myriad of design options could be available. In most cases your old gold and platinum settings can be recycled as well.

Do you have ideas for a custom piece of your own? Contact me about bringing them to life!

100 Days of Drawing // Week 3

I am one-fifth of my way through the 100 day project. Ugh…  so many more days to go!

I had a few days this week where I was about 80% of the way through my drawing and realized I really didn’t like it. Examples of this include Day 15 with the film reel, or Day 18 with the coffee mug. I had to remind myself that this project is not about perfection, but simply an exercise in commitment and consistency. I’m a little proud, so there’s a chance I’ll revisit these items later in the project just to prove to myself I’m capable of better.

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Day 15 // Film Reel

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Day 16 // Safety Goggles –  Fun Fact: I have a small face. These are a kids size.

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Day 17 // Particle Mask

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Day 18 // Coffee Mug – I promised myself that the day I drew my coffee that it would be the greatest coffee cup I could possibly draw. I mean, it’s so basic, It should be easy-peasy!  Turns out, my actual sketch didn’t live up to the hype.

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Day 19 // Snuggling Cats – These sleeping kitties are cute, but they don’t really look like my kitties. They are bound to be used as subjects each week so I’ll practice getting those expressions right.

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Day 20 – Bananas

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Day 21 // Cactus Skeleton – This one was pretty cool! Wish I had allowed myself a little more time on it to capture the details.

100 Days of Drawing // Week 2

The 100 Day Project has reached the end of Week 2! I have to admit, this commitment is still proving to be tough.

I like to think I’m good at exercising self discipline. I really take pride in the dedication I exercise by showing up and getting down to work day after day. Despite this focused mindset, I’m still finding it so difficult to make time for my daily drawing.

I started my week off trying to squeeze them in during my lunch break at the shop. I felt like I was checking off one of the many to-do list tasks in my day. But after a few days I fell out of this habit. Things in the studio were commanding more of my attention. So I began drawing each night when I returned home. In that setting, I tried to envision the sketches as less like work and more like a cool down after my busy day. In both contexts it was still tough to find the time, but I do find that I’m getting faster at honing in on subject matter.Processed with VSCOcam with b1 preset

Days 8 & 9 // Pliers and Rawhide Mallet – It’s funny how one can use the same tools each day without really looking at them.

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Day 10 // Wall vase with air plants, turkey feathers and cook pines.

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Day 11 // Big cat in the window seat, aka “Hurry up and draw as much as you can before he moves!

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Day 13 // Sleeping Cat Paws – One would think that a cat sleeps all day and barely moves. But in fact, they sleep all day and move just enough every few moments to keep you from being able to draw them.

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Day 14 // Leather Camera Bag

100 Days of Drawing // Week 1

I am participating in The Great Discontent’s 100 Day Project!

In their own words:

It’s a celebration of process that encourages everyone to participate in 100 days of making. The great surrender is the process; showing up day after day is the goal. For the100-Day Project, it’s not about fetishizing finished products—it’s about the process.

Each day for 100 Days, I am creating an original drawing of a place or object I observe. I dedicated a special sketchbook just to this project. Below each drawing [not pictured] I’ve been logging a personal note about my day. I’ll be sharing periodic updates on instagram with the tag #100daysofdrawing, but you can catch a weekly digest here to see all 7 drawings from the prior week.

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Below you can enjoy Drawings 1 – 7

It was a tough process getting started for me. I fussed over whether I had the right pencils and lighting to make the item dynamic. I spent a little too much time on the first few drawings (in some cases over 45 minutes) and quickly realized that for the good of the project I needed to reduce the daily time commitment so I was less likely to miss a day. By the 3rd and 4th day, I felt like I was getting into the swing of things.

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Day 1 // Dinner Fork

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Day 2 // Men’s Watch

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Day 3 // Mini Stapler

By this day I was down to a 20 minute drawing. This amount of time feels good to me. I can choose objects that are interesting and capture some details without going overboard.

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Day 4 // Big White Lacey Flower

On this day I stopped along the trail after a hike in the Oakland Hills and allowed myself to sketch as much as I could of a beastly white flower with huge leaves in my newfound time limit. I’m liking that this project is portable. It opens up a whole world of subject matter.

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Day 5 // Mini Anvil

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Day 6 // Sugar Snap Peas

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Day 7 // Golden Sage Leaves

The act of sitting down to draw is already getting a little less daunting. I’m excited to see where week 2 will take me.