Behind The Scenes

When purchasing jewelry you rarely think about the process it took for the piece to be created. You might go on Etsy, walk into a Jared's, or hop online to Bluenile. Do you know the process it takes to bring a hand-crafted piece to life? Many large scale jewelry stores will ship out their production overseas, allowing them to keep their overhead costs down. But what about the quality? Yes, the quality of your piece goes out the window as well. The greatest detail about each and every Pink With Diamonds piece is that they are hand-crafted right here in Chicago. Why I am telling you this? Because in our busy and hectic world, we sometimes forget to stop and admire the real beauty in life. We have forgotten that real beauty lies in something that is hand forged, not produced in a mechanical assembly line. I recently had the opportunity to work with an old friend, who became a jeweler. My friend Al was attending Columbia in Chicago, when he realized he felt confined in a corporate environment. He left Columbia and joined his dad right beside his jeweler's bench. After attending the Gemological Institute of America, he began hand crafting timeless pieces in sterling silver and gold. After seeing how talented he was, I reached out to Al and asked him to collaborate on a custom piece for Pink With Diamonds. He had seen my prior designs and understood right away what I was looking for. After a few days, Al updated me with the rough bezel for my green tourmaline. 

 

Some people may see an image like this and not see the true beauty in it. But I couldn't have been more excited! To see a piece coming to life on the bench is a gift not many of us get to experience. Once the tourmaline was set within the bezel, Al added a hand engraved milgrain edge. He then added a "Mizzy" finish to give the bezel an organic appearance. Check out all his other incredible hand-made work here... 

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