Finding Inspiration: Custom Jewelry Made With Trims
Sparks of creativity can result in beautiful pieces of jewelry that customers will enjoy for years to come. But customized pieces do not have to be extravagant or sizable. Sometimes the most unique pieces are simply the tiniest displays of personalization. Have you thought of creating your own line of personalized jewelry made using trims? Let’s explore this concept in this month’s edition of Finding Inspiration.
Finding Inspiration is a campaign to inspire the inner designer in every jeweler and provide a spark of creativity in artisans throughout the jewelry industry. We are always amazed at the phenomenal work that Stuller customers do with our findings and want to share that creativity with our community. Let’s dive into the world of trims and how they can be used to craft a line of jewelry.
Trims: Variety Provides Options
These versatile findings provide many options when considering developing a line of jewelry. They can be soldered to various other findings — such as shanks, jump rings, bails, and posts — to create rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets, and more! Stuller offers a wide variety of trims to give you options. Browse hundreds of our trims on Stuller.com and start creating today!
Members of our fine jewelry and findings teams often collaborate to develop new pieces to offer our customers.
“Findings is a never-ending puzzle,” says Emily Hargroder, Findings Product Manager. “It’s all about having the perfect connecting pieces to fill the gaps. Our team is always talking to customers and studying finished jewelry pieces to discover what findings are missing in our line. Our job is to create components that make designing as easy as possible for our jewelers.”
See how our teams came together to combine trims with other findings to create popular pieces of fine jewelry.
Custom Laser Cut Designs Program
Can’t find the trim you’re looking for in our product line? Create your own laser cut trims using our Custom Laser Cut Designs Program! This is a quick, consistent service that provides you with the perfect way to explore your creativity, create a line of jewelry unique to your store, or offer personalization. Get started designing today by emailing CustomLaserDesigns@Stuller.com or call 800-877-7777, ext. 3631.
Share Your Inspiration
Have you thought of a line of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, or rings you want to develop? Share it with us on social media! We are always looking to see great pieces of creativity made using our findings. If you want a chance to be featured in an upcoming edition of Finding Inspiration, post your piece(s) online using the hashtag #stullerfindings and tagging us @stullerinc.
Check out our recent Finding Inspiration blog posts for more design pieces with Stuller findings.
Finding Inspiration: A Custom Designed Mother’s Pendant
As jewelers, we have the opportunity to provide our customers with something completely unique and meaningful – something they will enjoy and cherish for a lifetime. Being with customers for great milestones and commemorative occasions is truly something special. Elizabeth Parker with Curt Parker Jewelers recently had the opportunity to share her experience of crafting a one-of-a-kind piece for a customer that takes those special moments and allows them to be with the customer forever.
Finding Inspiration is a campaign to inspire the inner designer within every jeweler and provide a spark of creativity for artisans throughout the jewelry industry. We are always in awe of what our customers are doing with Stuller findings and how they make unique pieces of jewelry. In this installation of Finding Inspiration, we take a look at the piece made by Curt Parker Jewelers and the story behind such a beautiful piece of art.
Curt Parker Jewelers: The Beginning
Elizabeth Parker and her husband Curt have been in the jewelry business together since 1976; however, this was not always their profession. When they got married, Curt was a design engineer and Elizabeth was a college professor. Shortly after their wedding, Curt decided he wanted to switch careers and become a trade jeweler. Elizabeth supported this decision, and it didn’t take long for her to join him in this new endeavor.
Although a teacher by trade at the time, Elizabeth was no stranger to jewelry design.
“I had started designing jewelry when I was 10 years old. I would make pieces and go door to door in my neighborhood selling them,” Elizabeth said.
Throughout her schooling, she had intentions to pursue an art degree when the time came to go to college. However, fear of not being able to support herself on a career in art pushed her to choose teaching. But as you can see, Elizabeth is an example of how our dreams sometimes have a way of coming back to us unexpectedly.
In the beginning, Curt and Elizabeth operated their jewelry business out of the basement of their home for 8 years before establishing their first brick and mortar location. After 20 years they moved into a larger free-standing location in St. Louis, Missouri, where they remain today.
“We have been doing almost all of our finding work with Stuller since our beginning,” Elizabeth added. “We do a lot of work with findings where we will take the basic pieces, like a basket setting, and create an unusual or different top that is unique to us.”
They have been Stuller customers for more than 35 years and are recipients of 13 national and international awards for jewelry design.
Close to a Mother’s Heart
For the specific piece we are highlighting, it all began with a custom request from a loving mother. In January of this year, a customer met with Elizabeth for her assistance in making a mother’s piece to commemorate the love she has for her family. She wanted the piece to include the birthstones of her husband, herself, her son, her daughter, and her daughter-in-law. Other than that detail, she left a large part of the design work up to Elizabeth.
From there, Elizabeth got to work. Because the customer is a gardener, she used a flower as inspiration for this piece. The final piece resembles a top-down view of a blooming flower in a pot where the stones are the petals.
The stones include 9x6mm oval-cut Aquamarine, Peridot, Amethyst, Rhodalite Garnet, and a 7mm Japanese Akoya Pearl. The stones are set on a 14K white gold pear-shaped setting with a scroll design (1904). The piece also included four setting strips (1061) set with 1.5 carats of diamonds. The bail (184) was added to connect the pendant to a chain. All metal was finished in rhodium plating solution (45-4142) to reduce tarnishing.
The findings used in this piece perfectly complemented the stones and design. For example, if you look closely at the settings used to hold the stone (1904), the scroll design resembles a flower. Even the tiniest details in the findings used in a piece can bring the whole piece together.
“We have developed our findings assortment over the years to include a wide variety of offerings so that jewelers and designers like Elizabeth are able to provide their customers with the piece of their dreams,” says Molly Kowalski, Stuller findings product manager. “In a custom piece, everything should feel cohesive in the design. The findings used set the foundation so make sure you have exactly what you need. Don’t forget that our team is here to help!”
Elizabeth’s Helping Hand
Elizabeth worked diligently to provide her customer with a piece to keep her family close to her heart. Along the way, Stuller was with her to help with any obstacles that came up.
“The biggest challenge was finding stones that fit a color palette,” she said.
Coordinating five gemstones of differing colors can be quite the challenge. However, Stuller’s Special Order Services worked with Elizabeth to hand-select stones in hues that complemented each other.
In the end, Elizabeth created a beautiful pendant her customer was thrilled with and is sure to wear with pride. Elizabeth was also careful to design the pendant with space to include future expansions to the family. Her customer’s family story is not yet complete, and Elizabeth will be there to assist her in telling that future tale.
Stories like Elizabeth’s is a large part of why Stuller continues our work today. A jeweler can provide a customer with something that truly touches the heart, and we want to be there every step of the way. From unique pieces to finished solutions, Stuller stands ready to assist jewelers at a moment’s notice however you may need us. Get started learning about the products and services we offer by visiting Stuller.com.
Share Your Inspiration
Did this month’s feature of Curt Parker Jewelers inspire you? Do you have a similar story you’d like to share with us? Join our community of artisans and jewelers using Stuller findings to craft unique pieces for their customers by posting pictures of your jewelry on social media using #stullerfindings and tagging us @stullerinc. Inspire others and share your creativity. Join us again next month for another installment of Finding Inspiration.
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302® Fine Jewelry presents the Pearl Edit and Chain Crush
At the heart of 302® Fine Jewelry is a dedication to bringing the latest on-trend fashion accessories and jewelry to women everywhere. Our team of experts are constantly keeping an eye out for the next great trend and developing products that your customers are sure to love. With these goals in mind and after much research and development, we present to you, the Pearl Edit and Chain Crush.
Within the realm of trend jewelry, everyday essentials has become a very hot topic. Women are wanting jewelry they can wear every day without feeling over-dressed and without breaking their banks. As the jewelry industry adapts to fulfill this need, pearl was simply a natural progression in the line of accents within everyday essentials due to its classic appeal and evergreen style.
Taylor Beadle, a member of the 302 Fine Jewelry team, loved how versatile pearls could be in jewelry that appeals to the modern woman. She felt inspired as she helped develop products that anyone would love to wear.
“Pearls are viewed as this classic, elegant, coveted piece of jewelry that every woman must own. Our Pearl Edit provides a variety of pieces that suit EVERY woman’s budget and style,” she said.
We updated our product line in 302 Fine Jewelry with new items, such as seed pearl hoops, huggies, a pearl solitaire, and even pearl accented chain drop earrings.
For years now, chain has been a force in the fashion industry. It has a nice weight and is very versatile and stylish. What we’ve noticed is that chain is appearing in other fashion products beyond its traditional neckwear, such as earrings, bags, and more.
“It’s no secret that chain is having a major moment,” says Beadle, “but our Chain Crush additions show chain in a whole new way. With minimal, yet eye-catching designs and at an excellent price point, these products serve as the perfect gift for yourself or your BFF!”
We have introduced new items, such as chain rings, chain earrings, and diamond-cut curb chains, to honor this trend. We also added drill diamonds to the collection as accents that can be attached to chains for a more elegant touch.
The beautiful thing about these styles is that they will be around for a while. They are not so trendy that you will see them disappear in the next few years with other fads. Chain and pearls go with everything and pieces like these are perfect for pairing with other pieces to create unique fashion statements. Encourage your customers to build their own #neckmess or stackable collection with looks they will love for years to come.
In love with these styles as much as we are? Become a 302 Fine Jewelry retail partner and always carry the trendiest styles. Learn more by reading our blog post:
6 Celtic-Themed Pieces That Customers Want Year-Round
The month of March brings a sea of green and St. Patrick’s Day, but Celtic-inspired styles are becoming more popular year-round. From couples honoring their Irish heritage with their wedding bands to customers who want a Claddagh ring to symbolize loyalty, love and friendship, Stuller has several styles in-stock and ready to ship.
When you say the words ‘Celtic jewelry’ a mental image of the trinity knot is likely the first thing that comes to mind. Our most popular Celtic ring styles feature some form of this design along with other interlocking knots. In many cases, the average person won’t know what to call the style, but will almost always be able to associate it with Ireland or Irish culture.
Find more of our favorites featuring the Claddagh symbol in our Centered In Faith religious look book.
2021 GRAMMY Awards Roundup: Jewelry Trends
Last night, our television screens were graced with uber-talented celebs. However, in true Hannah Blaine fashion, I was less concerned with the talent and more concerned with that bling! I’ve got a great jewelry trend round-up for you today, with one main overarching theme: diamond fashion.
The fashion was hot, the jewelry was hotter, and my favorite superstar of all time not only rocked his outfit, he also gave a killer performance AND won his first GRAMMY Award! Read below to find out who I’m talking about.
Let’s take a deep-dive into GRAMMY jewelry trends –
Here, you’ll see we have some Hollywood elites sporting some flashy diamond staples. Rapper DaBaby and singer Noah Cyrus flaunted diamond necklaces in addition to some other neck candy, like personalized jewelry and symbolic pieces.
Chloe Bailey was spotted with the most perfect chain earrings to accentuate her neckline without having to wear a necklace. We all know chain-inspired jewelry has been hot, so get the Chloe Bailey look with some Stuller pieces, like flat link or rope chain earrings!
Embrace the Chain Crush with a couple of stunning earrings from 302® Fine Jewelry.
Here we have one of the most prominent new faces to music, Pheobe Bridges, serving some gothic fashionista vibes. To round out her look, she stacked dangles and huggies together for a perfectly posh ear stack.
Add to your ear stack collection with these beauties.
If you’ve read any of my awards show blogs before, you know I am a huge fan of Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes. Not only does her music make me happy, but her consistent simple jewelry style resonates with my personal style. Ugh, queen.
Here, my girl Britt is seen wearing not one but two pinky rings. That’s a trend I can get behind, considering one of my favorite new pieces from Stuller lately is this Cherub pinky ring.
This is it… the moment I’ve been waiting my whole career for. My honorable mention for this year’s GRAMMY Awards Show goes to my favorite person, the love of my life, the person I look up to the most… HARRY STYLES!
Harry has forever been one of my favorite examples of androgynous jewelry-wearers. He is a modern male pioneer of jewelry for men, and let me just say, I am here for it. Last night, Harry chose a more laid-back approach, with his signature rings and cross necklace. I wish he would’ve worn the pearls that he sports oh-so-well, but I don’t question any of the choices he makes. He can do no wrong in my eyes.
Be like Harry and celebrate your faith with symbols that tell the story of who you are.
In the United States, tradition has been that the man provides his fiancé with an engagement ring to symbolize their intent to be married to society. However, times change, and younger generations find new ways to evolve the wedding industry in exciting ways. The latest trend that is beginning to reach America from Europe is an engagement ring meant for men. Enter the “mengagement ring.”
Let’s dive into this trend and see how it has developed. Then, as your trusted jewelry resource, we will provide some insight so you can answer questions your customers have regarding picking out their own men’s engagement ring.
Mengagement Ring: New Trend or Newly Successful?
Believe it or not, the concept of men wearing engagement rings is not that new. Cultures around the world have integrated the men’s engagement ring over the ages into their own wedding traditions. For example, in Chile, both men and women wear engagement rings; however, they wear them on their right hand and move them to their left on their wedding day. In Argentina, couples exchange their rings at the engagement, not the wedding. In Sweden and other Nordic countries, both men and women exchange a simple gold or silver band at their engagement.
Fun Fact: Even in America, jewelers attempted to market engagement rings to men in the 1920s. While that sales strategy proved to be unsuccessful at that time, men eventually did adopt the wedding band a few decades later.
The trend of western civilization adopting an engagement ring for men was first seen in 2009 in the United Kingdom. A jeweler named H. Samuel introduced the “Tioro” – a wide band with a single small diamond meant specifically as an engagement ring for men. While this ring has been primarily used as a wedding ring, the trend has started to take hold over the last decade.
Fun Fact: According to Ritani in 2020, 1 in 20 women propose to their fiancés.
With the rise of many couples being more concerned with equality and men in America being more comfortable with wearing jewelry, both men and women have taken to wearing engagement rings to show their matching love and commitment. Prominent examples of men donning an engagement ring include Johnny Depp, David Otunga, Ed Sheeran, and Michael Buble.
Regardless of the reasons or motivations, that fact is that more men or their partners will be looking into engagement rings in the coming years. When the time comes, be prepared by knowing what questions to ask so you can be your customers’ guide at the start of their marriage journey.
The Initial Conversation
Because there is no set tradition for this trend, you may have the future groom discussing a ring he envisions for himself or you may have his future fiancé looking to surprise him. Either way, get to know his tastes and jewelry habits at the start so you know which styles to suggest.
The groom-to-be may want to stack an engagement ring and wedding band on one finger, they may wear the engagement ring on one finger and the wedding band on another, they may only choose to wear the one ring, etc. Knowing how he might plan on wearing his engagement ring will help make the following decisions.
Men’s bands tend to have a greater width. However, if they intend on having an engagement band and a wedding band on the same finger, it would be better to suggest a thinner ring. Wider bands are more typical for men, but it depends on what is most comfortable for him. Compare other rings he may wear to get an idea of what width he prefers.
While style preference is a major factor in choosing metal, also have a conversation on how physically active he is. Gold is a classic metal choice with many design options available; however, a man that needs a more durable ring for work and vigorous activity should look at platinum or a strong contemporary metal, such as cobalt or tantalum.
Just like women’s engagement rings, the style and design possibilities are endless. Men with simple or traditional tastes might prefer a classic gold band. Customize with a personalized engraving and make it the perfect ring to symbolize his love and commitment. Men looking for sleek and modern pieces have several options in terms of design, including artistic finishes, inlays, two-toned metals, and stones. Getting to know fashion preferences and activity levels will help you guide your customer to the right ring.
While there are countless men’s wedding band designs out there that work perfectly for a man’s engagement ring, this new jewelry trend might deserve a more tailored approach. Consider working with your customer on creating an engagement ring that is 100% unique to him. Design it yourself using our jewelry design software, MatrixGold® or CounterSketch®, then submit your design to our CAD/CAM Services team to make their dream a reality. We even create wax models so you can show your customer exactly what they are getting. This is a special moment in their life and you can make it a memorable one.
Are You Sold on Men’s Engagement Rings?
For many jewelers, this trend is definitely outside of the ordinary. However, it is important to stay on top of the industry’s trends so you can best serve your customers. Men will continue to be more comfortable going outside the box and wearing the jewelry they like. We know you will continue to provide the best service to your customers, and Stuller will continue to be your partner in business for all your jewelry needs.
For more resources on men’s jewelry fashion, check out these blog posts!
As a jeweler, one of the most important things you can do is provide your customer with a piece that is unique and catered to their specific style. As we kick off Stuller’s March Bridal Madness, we wanted to spark your inspiration with how we have curated our findings collections to include modifications on similar styles so you can find exactly what you need for your customer. Customization is key when creating one-of-a-kind engagement rings. Giving your customer that customization factor is made so much easier when you have options.
Finding Inspiration seeks inspire the designer in every jeweler and connects the pieces that bring out the creativity in artisans and designers throughout the jewelry industry. We want to help you create unique and personalized pieces for your customer using Stuller findings. By looking at the variations within our shanks and settings, you are one step away from building your own branded line of engagement rings.
Modifications of a Simple Shank
What do we mean when talking about these modifications and variations within the findings line? Let’s begin with a simple diamond accented peg shank (SH447). There is so much you can do with this ring, such as adding a preferred setting and pairing it with the perfect band. But before we look at those finishing touches, decide if that shank is what you want.
If you like the simple and classic design of the accented shank, but are looking for a different profile or detail, there are options. The findings line carries variations of this design in rope (SH861), milgrain (SH858), knife edge (SH859), flat (SH870), and half-round (SH810). We are making it easy for jewelers to offer customization by developing product with the same geometry but slight design modifications to fit different customers’ wants and needs.
Modifications of a Simple Setting
Now that you’ve thought about what kind of shank you want to start with, consider what settings fit the design preferences of your customer. Just like the shanks, we are expanding upon our best-selling settings to include more shapes, sizes, and new design elements.
Keeping with a simple design, begin with a sculptural-inspired peg setting (28487). We have developed other settings based on this sculptural design to include a claw prong version (29228), a version with a gallery rail (2000475), a claw prong and gallery rail version (2000340), and a version with an accented gallery rail (2000365).
By mixing and matching these styles, you can not only create a personalized piece, but potentially your own branded line of engagement rings! There is so much more you can do with findings to modify similar styles and create something new. Get started at Stuller.com/Findings!
Piece by Piece™
If you’re interested in bringing your customer into the customization process, Stuller offers the perfect prototype selling system for you to integrate in your business. Piece by Piece – formerly referred to as the Magnetic Ring Builder – is Stuller’s interactive settings and shanks ring builder. Help your customer build their ring using magnetic settings and shanks that easily create the perfect match. Expansions to Piece by Piece are coming soon in April 2021 to provide even more combinations and options.
We want to be your resource and partner for all your customization needs. From providing you with the materials you need to tools that serve, you can count on us to help you make every piece something your customer will cherish.
Share Your Inspiration
We are inspired by the community of craftsmen, designers, bench jewelers, and artisans that help build the jewelry industry. Your creativity is worth sharing and we want to help. Share on social media how you have used Stuller findings to craft unique solutions and one-of-a-kind pieces for your customers. Be sure to tag us on Instagram @stullerinc and use the hashtag #stullerfindings for your change to be featured in a future edition of Finding Inspiration.
Is it really March already? The calendar says so, and that can only mean we Northern Hemisphere dwellers will soon be welcoming in spring and packing up our winter wardrobes. But March means more than just spring — it also means St. Patrick’s Day is on the way!
Wednesday, March 17, marks this year’s celebration, and we’ve got just what you need to invite good fortune AND to wear something green to protect yourself from being unwittingly pinched.
The Luck of the Irish
To kick off your social-distanced St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, we’re highlighting five gemstones that will have you and your customers green with envy. We suggest getting your hands on these gems as soon as possible so that you can enjoy the luck of the Irish all March long.
1. Fancy Green Moissanite
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, our gemstone team is THRILLED to introduce a most fitting gem: fancy green Stuller Lab-Created Moissanite™ (in addition to four other new fancy colors).
Offering both a lush green hue with the intense sparkle that is Moissanite’s claim to fame, our green Lab-Created Moissanite is perfect for any green aficionado. Share these cool facts about Moissanite to let them know you’re their gemstone expert for any need:
This stone was discovered in an Arizona meteorite crater, but all Moissanite used in jewelry today is created in a lab
Ranking at 9.25 on the Mohs Scale, Moissanite is harder than ruby and sapphire — and strong enough for daily wear in engagement rings, fashion styles, and body jewelry alike
Moissanite has more than twice as much sparkle as diamonds due to its unique refractive properties
Scientifically known as silicon carbide, Moissanite is used in computer motherboards
Stay tuned for next month’s Sell With a Story, where we’ll do a deep dive into everything about Lab-Created Moissanite: its history, our two brands, Stuller’s five fancy colors, and even a new video showcasing why Moissanite is so marvelous.
Ranging in hue from a warm yellow-green to a cool blue-green, it’s no surprise we embrace emerald for those born in May, the height of spring. As one of the Big Three gemstones, emerald has endured in popularity for centuries, being THE go-to gemstone for all things green.
Of course, there’s a variety of green gems available today, but for customers who want the traditional green gem, emerald is the only choice. Just be sure to treat it with care since these gems can be finicky and fragile to work with.
The name emerald finds its root in the Sanskrit word marakata, meaning the green of growing things
Due to its lush, rolling countryside, Ireland is famously known as the Emerald Isle
Emeralds and emerald jewelry are the gifts for the 35th wedding anniversary
The world’s largest emerald is a privately owned 7,052-carat uncut crystal from Colombia
Garnet comes in a wide range of richly hued shades that are both reasonably priced and readily available. But as with all stones, there are select types that are superstars. In garnet, that standout superstar stone is the Demantoid variety.
Getting its eye-popping color from trace amounts of chromium and ferric iron, this lime-green gem has one thing that makes it outshine the rest of the garnet family: Demantoid garnet has incredible fire dispersion — more so than diamonds!
Demantoid, meaning diamond-like, comes from the old German word demant
The highest quality gems come from Russia’s Ural Mountains, where it was discovered in 1853
Faceted stones above two carats are rare, and most are under one carat
Some have beautiful, unique golden horsetail inclusions — which make them even more valuable
Meet the other green giant of the garnet family: Tsavorite. This vivid grass-green gemstone gets its color from the element vanadium, although some Tsavorite garnets contain other elements that give their exceptional color a whisper of blue.
Also called the Evening Emerald, peridot is a radiant green with a hint of gold. This lush hue embodies true splendor and growth. While best known as the birthstone for August babies, anyone can enjoy peridot’s unique shade — and indeed, people are enjoying it, as peridot has been trending in a huge way recently.
If you have a customer who loves peridot for what it is, let them know that birthstones aren’t limited only to those born in a specific month. Anyone can enjoy this lovely bright green, perfect for both a spring celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and for sweltering summer days spent poolside.
Peridot is the gift for the 16th wedding anniversary
Why pear-a-doe and not pear-a-dot? Peridot was first mined in the town of Peridot, Arizona
Peridot is one of few gemstones that appears in exactly one color: a perfect pistachio panache
The oldest peridot gemstones came to Earth in a meteorite, and they’re 4.5 billion years old — a far cry from the meager millions of years of Earth-forged Peridot
With more than one million gemstones in our inventory and our next-day delivery on all in-stock products, we can get you what you need, when you need it — with the spectacular customer service for which we’re known.
Finding the perfect pair of rings can be a daunting task for any couple. With endless options, where do they even start? The input and guidance of a jeweler can never be replaced. Someone who gets to know them and steers them toward rings that fit perfectly together just like they do as a couple is invaluable.
As you get to know your customers, you may find their personalities and activities lend them to a certain style of rings. Our team has placed an engagement ring to its matching men’s band to fit five types of personalities of couples seeking your advice. Check out our ring pairings below and get started on your own selections on Stuller.com.
For the Edgy Couple
The Edgy Couple goes against the traditional grain. While some think of light and airy aesthetics when it comes to weddings, this couple prefers the dark and moody. Perhaps they spend their free time enjoying a cup of coffee in a local indie café or browsing the shelves of a bookstore. Their tastes prefer styles that are different and atypical.
For this couple, we suggest rings that match their edgy appeal. Strong and ready for a personalized custom finish, a tantalum beveled-edge band (52333) pairs perfectly with an accented engagement ring (124673) set with a black diamond. The art deco-inspired style and unusual stone choice are sure to catch eyes and are perfect for the couple looking for something different.
The Fashion-Forward Couple is on the cutting-edge of trending styles. Personable and always looking their best, they are bold and love to be seen. You might find this fashionable pair out shopping together or grabbing a bite to eat from the most popular or newest restaurant where they might meet up with friends. Their tastes prefer styles that catch the eye and are the next great thing to have.
For this couple, we suggest rings that stand out and incorporate up and coming styles. Mixing classic and contemporary metals in a band, such as a black PVD and gold-plated tungsten grooved band (TAR51911), makes for a very bold statement. Pair that band with a two-stone triangle diamond engagement ring (124373) to have rings that people will talk about. Two trillion style diamonds with a baguette diamond in the middle creates a faux hexagon shape center, which creates a unique twist on the rising trend.
The Budget-Friendly Couple enjoys having style, but preferably at a lower price point. Always financially conscious, this couple loves every opportunity where they can save. This couple might limit the number of times they go out to eat or drink every month and save over time in order to make larger purchases. They likely spend time together simply enjoying each other’s company by walking in the park or cooking together. Their tastes prefer styles that they connect with emotionally, but also fit in their budget.
For this couple, we suggest using quality materials that meet their goals. For the wedding band, consider a black titanium domed polished band (T805). Pair it with a classic solitaire engagement ring (124702) set with either a lab-grown diamond or moissanite. By looking at expanded options in metals and stones, you will surely find something for every budget.
The Luxe Life Couple enjoys the finer things in life. From the finest food to the classiest of styles, this couple wants the best. You’ll find this couple dining out regularly and enjoying an evening cocktail at their favorite jazz club. They also take every chance to surprise each other with gifts and special experiences. Their tastes prefer styles that are bold, beautiful, and fabulous.
For this couple, we suggest styles that incorporate platinum and accent stones. A diamond set platinum eternity band (122254) provides strength as well as luxury in a wedding band choice. When paired with a double halo-style platinum engagement ring (123869), the ultimate luxe life couple will find their perfect pair of rings.
The Old Souls Couple enjoys classic detailing and vintage stylings. A traditional couple at heart, this couple enjoys nights in watching old movies and scrapbooking their memories. Family heirlooms are important to this couple and they might even have a grandparent’s center stone to add to their ring. Their tastes prefer old-fashioned, but timeless styles seen in vintage jewelry that inspires nostalgia.
For this couple, we suggest classic and vintage style jewelry, such as a milgrain half round comfort fit edge band (MGRE10) paired with a vintage-inspired engagement ring (123983). This ring pairing boasts details that are enduring and can be passed down for generations to come.
Learning about the personalities of your customers are the trick to any sale. Getting to know the couple together opens new doors to finding what rings will fit them best. Take the time to find out their interests, their activities, their hobbies, their preferences, and more. The better you know them, the better you will be able to guide them to their perfect match.
Finding Inspiration: Personalization With Petite Pavé
At Stuller, we are looking forward to spending this month celebrating love with our customers. Another busy holiday for jewelers, Valentine’s Day provides excellent opportunities for you to help your customers find unique pieces that help them express themselves or create a meaningful gift for someone special. The best pieces are those that are one-of-a-kind, but the process to make unique pieces does not have to be time consuming or complex.
Finding Inspiration is a campaign to inspire the designer in every jeweler. Using findings that you see every day, you can create the most beautiful pieces that are personalized for your customer. Have you heard of our petite pavé dangle collection? This assortment of dangles showcases personalization with letters and numbers, family and friendship with birthstones, and individuality with a variety of symbols. Combine these components with earring backs, hoops, wires, chains, and other findings to create a piece they’ll never forget.
Need help finding your own inspiration? We have you covered with four different ways to use petite pave dangles to create unique pieces of personalized jewelry.
Upgrade a Simple Hoop
A simple endless hoop (625) is a beautiful statement by itself but take it a step further by adding a personal flare. Easily slip on a dangle, such as an adorable bee dangle (2000939), and you have a new statement that tells a story. Be sure to show your customers how effortless it is to slide on new dangles to change up the look.
Create a Unique Drop Earring
As seen in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, you can add any petite pave dangle – such as a simple heart dangle (2000942) – to an ear wire (2000701) and suddenly you have a distinct new drop earring customized just for your customer.
Tell a Story With a Personalized Necklace
Using a split ring (OV2), switch out letter dangles (2000931) with ease on our new threader chain (CH1104) to make the perfect customized necklace. With a set of dangles, customers can tell a new story every day by exchanging the dangle on the chain.
Think Outside the Box With Stopper Beads
Another way to easily add dangles to a chain is by getting creative and using our new stopper beads as a bail (2001147). They keep things fresh and make individual necklace. For example, combine a birthstone dangle (2000898), a letter dangle (2000931), and a lotus flower dangle (2001057) to create an intriguing and personal story with meaning for your customer.
Save the Day With Petite Pavé
As you can see, there are endless options when creating simple, yet meaningful pieces with the petite pave dangle collection. Leveraging this collection is a great way to get repeat customers that are looking to expand their own assortment as well as helps you build a relationship with your customer. Make sure to show your customer just how easy it is to create multiple looks with just a few components and impress them with your sense of style.
Share Your Inspiration
Our community of craftsmen, designers, bench jewelers, and artisans is what Finding Inspiration is all about! You inspire us every day and we want to tell others about your creativity. Be sure to share on social media how you have used Stuller findings to craft unique solutions and one-of-a-kind pieces for your customers. Be sure to tag us on Instagram @stullerinc and use the hashtag #stullerfindings. You could be our feature in the next installation of Finding Inspiration.
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