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Designer Originals vs. One-of-a-Kind Jewelry- What’s the Difference

We’ve been working hard creating pieces based on our original designs and one-of-a-kind jewelry. So what’s the difference between a one-of-a-kind and a designer original?

You’ll never see another jewel like this reversible diamond halo pendant featuring a stunning 6.71 ct. Australian crystal opal. We’ve owned and admired this opal for a number of years and have never seen another with such a beautiful shape and size showing such brilliant colors in stunning patterns of rolling flash. We finally had to see what it could do in a finished piece of jewelry– and we are very happy with the result.

When we build a piece of jewelry around an unique gem, it is truly one-of-a-kind.  We’ve accented the bright purples, oranges and greens that flash thru this magnificent gem with repurposed diamonds and our favorite designer peach 14K gold from Harmony.

6.71 ct. Crystal Opal

If you don’t want to show the bling, just turn it around!

As an example of a designer original, this series of rings are based on a design created by myself several years back that features half bezel settings that accent the gem while making it easy to wear, low maintenance channel settings for the diamonds and our patented Mardon shank for comfort and balance. The basic design has been refined and improved over several versions– a common practice with good jewelry designs– we keep working on it til we get it just right. Here, each ring is slightly different because we wanted to show a variety of interesting colored stones.
1.31 ct. Ceylon Sapphire

This beautiful  cushion cut natural Ceylon Sapphire is highlighted with repurposed diamonds and 14K peach Harmony gold. The slighty orange gold is a complimentary color that emphasizes the rich blue of the sapphire.

.67 ct. Oregon Sunstone

This lovely Sunstone, a relative of the moonstone, was mined in Plush, Oregon. It glows in 14k yellow Harmony gold enhanced with repurposed diamonds. The half bezel setting protects this gem so the ring is eminently wearable.


.61 ct Alexandrite


The colors of this enchanting natural Alexandrite change from bluish green in daylight to reddish purple in incandescent light.  14K white gold and white diamonds are the perfect setting for this rare gem.

So whether you prefer one-of-a-kind or designer originals, our classic jewelry is affordable, unique and truly elegant!

We’ll show more new pieces in our next blog– watch for our black diamond pendant, men’s rings and more!

Stop by the shop to see these new pieces in person — we’re open Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 am – 5:30, Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 8 pm.


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