Atlanta Diamond Design Custom Design Jewelry Specialists Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:26:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 When Jewelry Becomes Even More Precious Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:26:08 +0000

When Jewelry Becomes Even More Precious.

The importance of jewelry for aging parents.

We all know that jewelry holds a special place in our lives. Its value takes on a life of its own, far more than the precious metals and stones that hold its form. A wedding ring wore thin with love and time, a necklace given by a parent who has since passed, these items hold unique meaning and memories for their owners.

There is a time when they can take on even more significance. Many of us are at the point in life where our parents are aging and may require more care than can be provided at home. It leads to heartrending decisions about what is best for them, which many times includes them having to move to assisted living locations or nursing homes. It is often a traumatic transition for both your parent and for your family.

However, there are ways to ease the transition. There is a lot of research that shows people who bring personal mementos adjust better to their new environment. Jewelry is particularly helpful due to the profound personal value it holds. The benefits include:

  • Helping to maintain a sense of identity – Jewelry reflects personal style and how someone expresses themselves. It can become a point of conversation and a way to connect to others. Compliments from admirers can boost self-esteem.
  • Helping to maintain memory – Hence the profound value that we all experience. Jewelry becomes a touchstone for memories and can trigger memories of special people or times in their life.
  • Providing a source of comfort – Be it religious jewelry or a wedding band; touching or holding a piece of jewelry that reminds someone of being loved can bring comfort and reassurance in times of difficulty or stress.

While even broken jewelry retains its sentimental value, it cannot be safely worn and is limited in its usefulness. There are other times, due to limited mobility or arthritis, that it may become challenging to wear.

In these cases, we can help. Broken jewelry is repairable or can serve as the focal point of a new piece. Rings can have a hinge system installed so they can fit over enlarged knuckles. If a necklace is no longer wearable because it is hard to undo, the original clasp can be replaced with larger or magnetic clasps. Whatever the problem, we will help you find the best solution.

If you find yourself in need of these services, give us a call or stop in. We are here to serve.

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We Love Jewelry. We Love Art. We Love Process. Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:14:13 +0000

We love jewelry. We love art. We love process.


We also realized that many of you have never gotten to see behind the curtain. So, we’ve decided to combine our loves and allow you to experience jewelry the way that we do.

Our goal is to show you what we do in a photojournalistic style. We hope that you love these images and the story they tell as much as we love showing them to you.

In this first series, we show the process of casting gold and platinum.

(Note: Click on the images for an enhanced view)

Izzy prepares to smelt gold. Due to the environmental impact of mining, Izzy and Terri’s preference is to use as much recycled gold as possible.

Platinum is twice as dense as gold and needs a different casting process. Here you see the centrifugal forces in motion. This is literally the moment that the ring is formed.

After the gold is heated to the point of being molten, it is poured into the casting and drawn in with the assistance of vacuum pressure.

After being allowed to cool, the gold and platinum have taken their final shape and are removed from the ceramic casting. This is the first moment these rings have ever been seen.

Here, Izzy is smelting platinum to cast. This is one of the technically complex processes which makes Atlanta Diamond Design unique in the metro Atlanta area.

Here is a picture of the custom designed gold ring that was cast by Izzy in the previous images. It has been now polished and the diamonds are being set, soon to be delivered to our client.

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Why Integrity Sometimes Means Saying, “No.” Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:05:15 +0000

Why Integrity Sometimes Means Saying, “No.”

There is never a time when an expert craftsman or a business owner likes to tell a client no. It’s a painful situation for everyone involved. It occasionally leads to hurt feelings and in the Internet age, negative reviews. As a small, family-run business that supports eight families in our community, both the loss of income and potential for negative reviews hurt.

So, why would we do that? Why would we ever turn away work? Why would we risk alienating a client or potential client after working so hard to earn their business? Well, there’s an interesting axiom that goes, “Every behavior serves a function.” So, what possible function could us turning away a client or a job serve? Simply put, we are trying to prevent real harm to our clients and to maintain our integrity.

For our clients, though unfortunate, there are times that a treasured piece of jewelry is ultimately beyond repair. Now, you might point out that another jeweler agreed to perform the work, and that may be true. But for us, if we can reasonably see that a repair will not, in fact, fix the issue, we won’t do the work. At some point down the line, the structural integrity of the jewelry will fail. It might result in a stone falling out or the loss of the entire piece. Either way, the impact is far more severe and painful than a hard but honest conversation on the front end.

For us, our business is built upon one thing – trust. That is the only reason that someone would leave a valued possession with us. If we were to perform work that we reasonably expected to would fail, we would be letting everyone down, and our reviews would reflect that. We want to be your jeweler and to have a long relationship, but that can only happen if there is trust that we will be honest and do exceptional work that we stand behind. And that’s what we’re here to do.

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What to Do When Your Ring Doesn’t Fit Anymore, Part 1 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:27:53 +0000

What to Do When Your Ring Doesn’t Fit Anymore, Part 1

Have you ever wondered why rings are perfectly round, but our fingers aren’t? To be honest, we don’t have an answer to that; well, ok we do. It’s because perfect circles are easier to manufacture, but it does create issues for all of us who wear rings. Namely, that our fingers change over time in various ways and metal rings, not so much.

Fingers tend to have a somewhat square, round edge shape. Knuckles are always bigger than the bottoms of the finger. When designing a ring, it means that it has to fit over the knuckle and not base of the finger, where it rests.

If your ring is uncomfortably tight or loose – constantly rotating or flipping back and forth, there could be a couple of things going on. First, it might not be the right size. Maybe the sizing was off in the first place, but most often it is because the shape of your finger changed. Our fingers are changing all of the time. There is swelling and contracting through the day as fluid builds up and then gets reabsorbed. Our fingers also change with the seasons, contracting in winter and expanding in the warmer months. So, even if you were sized perfectly in July, by December, your ring will fit differently. There are longer trend issues at play too. Changes in weight, arthritis or other inflammatory issues can impact the way your ring fits. It’s important to talk to an experienced jeweler like Izzy, because he can tell you if the the issue is and what might be the best option for correcting it.

And luckily, there are numerous options for correcting the issue, whatever it is. You can have your ring resized, though resizing is not always the best option. Keep in mind that enlarging a ring means heating and stretching the metal. Extreme enlargements (a few sizes up) require cutting the ring and adding additional metal. Sizing down requires cutting the ring, removing some of the metal and then welding it back together. All of these are structural changes, not dissimilar to a person having surgery.

In the next blog, we’ll explore the various options and techniques so that you can make an informed decision as to what is best for your jewelry and your needs.

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Keeping Your Earrings Where They Belong Sun, 16 Apr 2017 23:58:37 +0000

“About ten years ago, I gave my mother a pair of beautiful pair of diamond earrings, with screw back posts for protection. We always recommend our clients do this because there’s no worse feeling than realizing that you’ve lost one of your prized pieces of jewelry. Well, imagine my surprise a few years later when I got a call because she’d lost one of her earrings.” – Izzy Israeli, Owner & Master Jeweler, Atlanta Diamond Design

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Yeah, it happens to us too. When Izzy listened to his mother’s story, he almost immediately understood what happened. Screw back are a definitive improvement over standard friction back earrings, which are the kind almost everybody wears. You know, the ones with the back that slides on and off relatively easily. Who hasn’t lost an earring with those backings? It’s never fun when that happens, and it’s painful when you lose a beautiful or expensive earring.

That’s how screw back earrings came to exist. The backings, quite literally, screw on to the post which affords much greater security. Like most things in life though, there are trade-offs. With screw back earrings, the trade off is in ease of use, comfort, and durability. Simply put, a lot of people have a hard time getting them on and off. They require a degree of finesse to line up and a fair bit of patience to fully tighten or to take off. We also hear some complaints about the longer posts poking people when they use their phones or sleep. Ouch! Not exactly what you might have been expecting, but still for the security it might be a tradeoff you’re willing to make. It’s a little harder to accept when the screw back fails, and you lose an earring though, which is exactly what happened to Izzy’s mother. Ultimately, it’s possible to rush getting your earrings on or off and accidentally strip the threads of the screw backs. Once that happens, all of the protection is gone, and it’s a matter of time before an earring gets lost.

After this had happened to one of our own, Izzy set his attention to solving this problem for everyone. After doing a lot of research, he found a new patented product called Protektor back earrings. These are similar to friction back, but with one profound difference. The posts of the earrings are notched, and the back of the earring is designed to slide on and lock in place at the notch. The circular disc back has two levers that must both be depressed to release the back. They are easy to slide on and easy to take off. Without the need to an extended area for threads on the post, these are similar in length to standard friction back earrings, so no more painful phone calls or disturbed sleep.

So, what’s the trade-off with Protekor backs? Well, that’s a smart question. Protektor backs are more expensive than either friction back or screw backs, so it might not be the best option for every set of earrings. Where it does make sense is when you have an expensive, important set of earrings that you don’t want to lose or if you have limited mobility or manual dexterity and don’t mind the added expense.

One of our former Jewelers was so passionate about the subject that she put together a short video to show you the differences between screw backs and Protektor backs. We hope that you find it informative and if you still have questions, feel free to call us or stop in at either location, and we’ll be happy to help.

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