Elevate Your Bridal Packaging This Wedding Season

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When helping a customer create the perfect engagement moment, choosing the ring is just the beginning. Help them remember you forever with the perfect packaging as the finishing touch. 

As the wedding industry comes back to life post-pandemic, you will want to be prepared. Offering the perfect packaging for your customers keeps your brand top of mind and provides a complete solution for their engagement ring purchase. The newly released Packaging and Displays 2021-2022 brochure is your resource for taking your packaging efforts to the next level and giving a bride that extra special something. 

View the new Packaging and Displays 2021-2022 brochure today!

Merchandised Collections 

Forming a cohesive brand for your jewelry business does not have to be stressful or overwhelming. It can be as simple as coordinating your packaging to reflect your logo and colors. Providing a variety will guarantee that you will stand out against your competition. 

If you browse through the pages of Packaging and Displays 2021-2022, you will notice that we have merchandised our new and existing collections together. We did this to show how different collections can be combined in a cohesive manner and make your brand pop. For example, when you start with our new Walnut Wood Collection, pairing it with the dark green offerings in our popular Eva Collection will create an elevated packaging ensemble for your customers to choose from. 

New collections that are joining our bestselling favorites include: 

Walnut Wood Collection Parker Collection

LED Collection Madison Collection

One to Give, One to Keep 

Ring boxes are packaging pieces that are long treasured and help keep a bride’s most precious possession safe forever. But, standard ring boxes are sometimes hard to hide in a pocket before a surprise proposal. 

Our solution is our mini-engagement ring box (61-1120). This low-profile box is an easy upsell and easily fits into any pocket until the big moment. Available in an array of standard neutral color options, mini-engagement ring boxes fit perfectly with any of our packaging collections to support your brand. 

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Build Your Brand 

Do not pass up the opportunity to make sure your customers walk away with a physical reminder of you. Stuller’s Custom Imprinting Service makes your brand a part of their story.

Use hot foil stamping or digital imprinting to customize your packaging options by adding your logo. Choose the color, placement, and quantity of the items at an accessible price point well-worth the investment. To see what imprinting options are available with each collection, look for the hot foil stamping and digital imprinting icons in both the brochure and on Stuller.com. 

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The Perfect Takeaway 

Ring boxes and jewelry packaging are not the only upsell options you will find in Packaging and Displays 2021-2022. Pouches, travel cases, jewelry clutches, and jewelry cleaner make for excellent gifts for bridesmaids and mother of the bride. Each of these pieces also comes with additional opportunities to incorporate your logo and branding so your business continues to stay top of mind. 

By incorporating these options with the various collections provided in Packaging and Displays 2021-2022, you will provide your customers with a comprehensive and holistic shopping experience as they make the journey from “Will you?” to “I do!” 




LOOK BOOK: Celebrate the Class of 2021

Graduation marks the end of something special for many students, but it can also be the start of something great. We want to make sure that you have items they can cherish as a constant reminder of the accomplishment.    

Every year when graduation season approaches, friends and loved ones start thinking about gifts. A card with “Congrats, Grad!” written on the inside and a few wrinkled-up bills just doesn’t cut it. These grads succeeded through COVID-19 and the everyday stresses of academic life on top of their shoulders. I may be biased, being a recent graduate myself, but these students deserve the very best! We want to offer you many different and deeply personal items that will scream “Congratulations” from the rooftops!  

Make it Unique!  

Graduation rings and bands are often the first pieces of jewelry to be thought of as a token of memorabilia. Many students that have walked across the graduation stage and left behind the college they loved want a ring to symbolize their precious time there. Bands are a great way to show off their school spirit and document their interests while completing their degree. However, many class rings can be bulky, oversized, and impersonal. Especially whenever the graduating class is larger than the average size. Stuller offers several options that can be personalized, such as our Octagon Signet Ring (9874). Add school letters, the graduation year, and any other significant symbols. This ring comes in an assortment of colors and finishes.

Graduation Octagon Signet Ring

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Pearls of Wisdom  

When it comes to classic graduation jewelry, another common gift is traditional pearls. Whether that’s a pearl necklace, bracelet, or even earrings, pearls are timeless and will grow with your graduate as they grow through their life. A pearl is also seen as a symbolic item given to individuals who have gained wisdom through experience. How perfect of a gift for a recent graduate? Pearls are also considered a classic and chic option whenever it comes to everyday wear. Whether they are going to lunch, an extravagant date, or an important job, the confidence of graduation pearls adorning them may be all the courage they need. Our freshwater cultured pearl huggies (688758) are the perfect piece for that very occasion. This piece features five identically sized cultured pearls layered down the hoops. The earrings are varying in different qualities of gold, one of which is sure to represent your graduate’s style.  

Graduation Freshwater Cultured Pearl Huggies

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Deeply Personal  

If pearl earrings and rings aren’t your graduate’s thing, Stuller offers many other options that may be more their style. For instance, a personalized pair of cuff links may be the more subtle route your graduate might take when it comes to commemorating their years in school. Stuller can easily engrave their initials and year of graduation onto the cuff links. This way, it can be a simplistic yet detailed method of expression towards the school spirit discussed. Our Engravable Round Cuff Links (L101) could be the perfect option. Offered in an array of sizes, finishes, and metal qualities, they are sure to put a smile on their face.  

Graduation Cuff Links

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Graduation is a celebration that grads look forward to at the end of high school or college. It is the end of an era for them and another journey that’s just getting started. Make this commencement season extraordinary with the help of Stuller to pick out that perfect piece of jewelry. 




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!

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From Trims to Fine Jewelry

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.

A Custom Designed Mother’s Pendant

Modified Shanks and Settings

Personalization With Petite Pavé




Sell With a Story: Earth to Market™ Gemstones

What Are Earth to Market Gems? 

Stuller’s Earth to Market gemstones are gemstones of known origin, a significant initiative for us. We have undertaken it because it’s good for you, our customers, good for your customers who will increasingly want this information, and good for the industry. 

Benefits of Earth to Market Gems 

  • Help tell the story of that individual gemstone from its earthly origin to the wearer’s jewelry. 
  • Share the compelling story of small gemstone mines that leave a minimal environmental footprint. 
  • Support small-scale mining and jobs for individuals, families, and communities with no other means of livelihood. 
  • Available in Stuller Notable Gems™ selection and calibrated stones. 

So Many Hands 

For thousands of years, most gemstones reached major markets after passing through innumerable hands. This made it near impossible to know the original source of a stone. To demonstrate what we mean, let’s think back to the famed Silk Road, an ancient series of trade routes linking China’s extraordinary wealth of goods to Middle Eastern and European markets.  

Risk Takers 

Traders and merchants took significant risks while crossing Asia’s vast, remote regions. They contended with attacks, disease, and even death. Today we might call them thrill-seekers or adventurers — but not entirely. They traveled in large groups and relied on their knowledge and the local contacts they had made on previous trips. And few traveled the whole distance — quite literally, many thousands of miles.  

Moving Forward 

Caravans would go only so far, then trade and sell their wares to other traders to acquire goods they could sell on their way back home. The new caravan would move west with their caravans of donkeys, horses, camels, and yaks burdened with China’s finest silks, jade sculptures, porcelain, paper (invented by the Chinese), gemstones from Asia’s rivers and mountains, and much more. 

En route, the merchants would buy or trade for more prized treasures. In the region we now call Afghanistan, they sought highly desirable lapis lazuli, aquamarine, and more. They looked for exquisite Persian turquoise, Egyptian emeralds, topaz, and peridots in Middle Eastern markets. They were anticipating their arrival in Venice, the most powerful Western trading market in the Middle Ages. Who knows how many hands the gemstones passed through to reach this destination and the people who purchased the gems. It’s impossible to count.  

Even today, gemstones from all over Asia mingle in Bangkok and and other gemstone hubs, making it hard to say anything more than “origin assumed.” Many of these gems are cut and polished in Bangkok then move on to other places around the globe and large wholesalers. Fortunately, we have our own office in Bangkok, and our on-site buyers and graders keep a close eye on what they purchase and its origin story.  

Our gemstone buyers and product directors travel more than 250,000 miles per year sourcing stones and visiting stone sources and operations, ensuring they follow our strict ethical standards

Rewards 

By offering your customers our Earth to Market gemstones, you have the opportunity to share an ethically and environmentally friendly story and make them a vital part of it. You can be sure they’ll share the story with friends, and you’ll get more business as a result. 

Learn more at Stuller.com/EarthToMarket.


See more features from the world of gemstones by viewing our recent Sell With a Story blog posts!

Ultimate Gray + Illuminating: Colors of the Year

Color Pairings That Pop

All Things Green

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302® Fine Jewelry: The Latest in Fashion on Newsstands Now

If you pick up this month’s edition of Harper’s BAZAAR, you will find pieces from 302® Fine Jewelry that are simply glittering in gold. In our latest feature, experience a rush of gold that focuses on how 302 Fine Jewelry provides “something personal” that tells the wearer’s story. 

Live Expressively 

Stuller’s Senior Director of Fine Jewelry Emily Graffagnino and her team have worked diligently with Harper’s BAZAAR to showcase items that consumers are looking for. 

“All of the pieces chosen for the Harper’s BAZAAR feature are sure-to-sell items that are the perfect mix of classic, trend, and symbolic,” says Graffagnino. “The trendy baguette and pearl huggies are a jewelry box staple, the moon phase necklace and chain link ring are symbolic pieces that command attention and the petite dome ring is a modern update to the classic dome ring. Each of these pieces represent something personal and offer something for every woman.” 

Pieces featured include: 

Keep popular, trending pieces in your inventory and shop 302 Fine Jewelry styles now at Stuller.com/Shop302FineJewelry

#302OnYou 

One of the benefits of being a 302 Fine Jewelry retail partner is having pieces advertised in national publications. Our retail partners receive benefits of widespread advertising as well as materials that help promote these features in their store and online. 

Taylor Beadle, Fine Jewelry Product Manager on the 302 Fine Jewelry team, says the product line “was created by women for women to tell their story with jewelry. We created the seven collections with the intention of offering a variety of products that allow women to celebrate every chapter of their life with jewelry — whether it’s a promotion, new baby, friendship, or just because. What’s more personal than celebrating yourself?” 

Provide on-trend fine jewelry that encourages women to express their true selves. For more information on 302 Fine Jewelry and how to become a retail partner, visit our website at Stuller.com/302FineJewelry.


Check out our recent blog post about partnering with 302 Fine Jewelry.




#WhatsNew302: Benefits of Partnering With 302® Fine Jewelry

Flashback to July 2020, we launched our line of price-conscious, on-trend jewelry curated with the woman in mind. Behind the scenes, it has been a little under a year that multiple strong forces, in the form of talented women of Stuller, came together to create a jewelry line that celebrates women. Thus, 302 Fine Jewelry was born.

Fast-forward to April 2021 — it’s been quite the year for 302 Fine Jewelry. Since its inception, our fine jewelry line has added two trend-focused product drops to existing collections, and even gained some national attention.

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That being said, if you haven’t joined forces with 302 Fine Jewelry yet, what are you waiting for?  Read on to learn about all the advantages of becoming a retail partner.

Stuller Does the Heavy Lifting

302 Fine Jewelry is Stuller’s answer to a trend-focused jewelry assortment.

Covering the industry’s biggest trends, the collections of 302 Fine Jewelry focus on styles that have been staples in the marketplace for years. Never “fast fashion,” these pre-merchandised offerings provide peace of mind that they will be long-lasting in your customers’ wardrobes.

Our expert team looks for inspiration across the jewelry industry, fashion world, and social media to ensure each collection has the major design elements that women can use to show their individual style.

With an average wholesale price of $250, 302 Fine Jewelry entices your customers to return again and again to enhance the pieces they’ve already purchased. Then, when they get compliments on these looks, they can enthusiastically tell everyone where they got that jewelry: at your store.

All the Marketing Assets, Right at Your Fingertips

Over 25% of global internet users, ages 16 – 64, use social media as a channel to research products to buy. That means that this group of people is searching for ways to spend money on social media! We give our retail partners a multitude of social media assets to share as their own. From high-quality photography of our product to a month’s worth of social media posts in the form of a monthly newsletter, we do it all for you so you can put your business first.

We establish a space in the social media realm for you to advertise not only your business, but the fact that you’re a 302 Fine Jewelry retail partner. Using hashtags like #302onYou allows you to promote products to those searching to buy!

Bragging Rights

Between all the big events that have been going on with 302 Fine Jewelry, arguably one of the coolest things that’s been happening is our ongoing features in magazines like Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, and Marie Claire. Not only is that a huge bonus for our brand, but it’s a selling point for you to your customers. Not everyone can say they sell jewelry that has been nationally acclaimed! Flaunt your famous jewelry pieces using assets like counter cards with information about the magazine promotions on them to share with your customers.


Take part in a movement to offer on-trend jewelry created for women, by women. Become a 302 Fine Jewelry retail partner today!




MatrixGold® Improves With Batch Render Feature

As we wrap up April and move “full steam ahead” to the Summer months, MatrixGold® users are enjoying several new improvements. Two new updates came out in March and it’s already helping jewelers better serve their customers. 

We have improved the batch render feature. It is a tool that many customers are using when it’s time to render different versions of the same model. We added JPG, BMP, and PNG as outputs, and the option to render using the Alpha Materials option. This option is also used to render using style, files, layers and materials. 

We know that presenting designs to the customer is important and we are always working on our render engine to better serve you. In the last update we added the focal blur feature to the render, which will allow you to produce renders that look as professional as possible. 

We have also been working on the materials the option to set up a customer’s own specific gravity for the materials. This is very important when is time to be very precise with the weight. So, from now on you can change the color and the specific gravity and save them in your materials area. From there, it can be picked up at any given time. 

When it is time to get your designs ready to print, we know that mesh repair plays a fundamental part of the process. So, we have increased the effectivity of this tool. Now we the surface step-by-step, so you get the greatest chance of working with a valid mesh. 

These are some (but not all) of the improvements that we have been working on. We have also improved the head, the prongs on surface, the gems between two curves. 

MatrixGold Updates

Find a detailed description of all the improvements by clicking here:  https://www.gemvision.com/matrixgold/releasenotes 


If you want more information about MatrixGold® and solutions for your custom jewelry needs, visit Stuller.com/MatrixGold.




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Star-studded Fashion at the 2021 OSCARS

As the crown jewel of this year’s adjusted award season, last night’s Academy Awards held up to the pandemic-era standard. Although the red carpet and attendee list was reduced for this year’s event, those who were in attendance made their presence count. If you’re looking to know exactly what the latest and greatest in fashion is, just look at this year’s star-studded celebrities attending the Oscars.

This year, Shelby and Taylor from Stuller’s fine jewelry team are giving their expert opinions on what styles topped of their lists. Follow along for all the fashion inspo you’ve been waiting for.

Shelby’s Take: Diamonds Shined Bright

Even though expectations might have been lowered for another socially distanced award show, Shelby was pleasantly surprised at the elegance that took the stage.

“Although this year’s show may have been scaled down in attendance, diamond fashion was definitely scaled all the way up,” she said. “Whether it’s Zendaya’s canary diamond suite or Isla Fisher’s stacked line necklaces, carat weight seemed to outweigh the 8.5 pound gold keepsakes across the board.”

Enjoy Shelby’s top trends from the evening.

Canary Diamonds

Spring is in the air and that means everyone is looking for the perfect splash of color. Zendaya and Andra Day were seen making their own splash on the red carpet last night sporting beautiful pieces set with sunshine-inspired stones.

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Canary yellow diamonds (DIAMOND-GEN:298100:G) are the perfect complement to any piece, such as earrings and rings. Try setting a square engagement ring mounting (122394:1581:P) or stunning teardrop earrings (84396:116:P) with diamonds that give you a spark of colorful inspiration.

Line Necklaces

Continuing on with the love of diamonds, Shelby noticed that diamond line necklaces were the real ultimate accessory of the evening. Vanessa Kirby, Isla Fisher, and Tiara Thomas were all seen sporting eye-catching diamond line necklaces. Simple in design, but truly stunning in effect. Another great fact about this trend is that is not isolated to just women. Daniel Kaluuya from “Judas and the Black Messiah” also grabbed Shelby’s attention with his own stunning line necklace. Everyone loves a versatile piece!

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The beauty and elegance of this accessory cannot be emphasized enough. For a classic appeal, choose a white gold line necklace set with natural diamonds (68226:101:P). For a more progressive style, enjoy a stunning graduated line necklace set with lab-grown diamonds (653717:LG101:P).

Ear Climbers

Who doesn’t love a good stackable trend? Shelby certainly does and noticed that Regina King glowed with diamond ear climbers as she made her directing debut this season. Producer of the feature documentary “Collective” Bianca Oana also looked beautiful with floral-inspired ear climbers. Floral-inspired accessories in fashion are standing out and are more than just a seasonal favorite.

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Finding floral-inspired climbers to add to an ear stack collection is an absolute necessity. Shelby’s top recommendations include two gorgeous earring climbers (86946:600:P and 81221:60000:P).

Taylor’s Take: The Award Goes to Layers

In Taylor’s opinion, the real Academy Award winner is a solid layered combination, particularly on the fingers and wrists.

“Celebrities were layering on the jewelry after their year-long break from the red carpet,” she said. “Chunky rings were having a moment on both men and women! Lots of stacks happening on the fingers and wrists. Why wear one ring when you can wear five?”

Honestly, we couldn’t agree more. Check out Taylor’s favorite looks from the evening.

Chunky Rings

Ring stacks are a prominent look among men and women with last night being no exception. Colman Domingo and Trish Summerville were perfect examples of having stunning ring stacks made with beautifully chunky rings.

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Finding ring statements for both daily wear or formal occasions are all about expressing personal style. Choose from Stuller’s selection of dome rings that truly go with anything (124572, 72173, 52257, and 5206).

Chains

Rings weren’t the only chunky accessories that saw some love last night. Taylor had a keen eye and noticed some chain pieces capturing attention. Lakeith Stanfield featured chain both on his neck and wrist. He took a bold look to another level and really made us love this modern trend even more.

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It’s no secret that we love the chain trend, so we are happy to take any opportunity to feature a favorite piece. Stanfield’s look reminded Taylor of a stunning accented curb bracelet (BRC822:601:P) in our collection that would look perfect for someone seeking to stand out.

Colored Accents

Taylor agreed with Shelby that it was clear that a splash of color was a clear favorite last night. Angela Basset joined Zendaya and Andra Day in the world of color with jaw-droppingly gorgeous earrings that went perfectly with her vibrant red ensemble.

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Colorful gemstones deserve their chance to grab attention as well! Pairing gemstones and diamonds together make a match made in heaven, as seen with these lab-grown ruby and diamond accented dangle earrings (86989:6020:P).

Award Show Beauty

Shout out to Shelby and Taylor for giving us their hot takes on this year’s fashion seen at the Oscars. As expected, the Academy Awards did not disappoint in the realm of fashion last night. Judging from Shelby and Taylor’s picks, styles that are bold and make a statement are where you should take inspiration. We can’t wait to see where these looks go throughout the year!




True Colors: Explore New Colored Moissanite

In Radiant Color

We’ve watched as Moissanite has grown up, from its fledgling grayish hue to its full bloom as a lab-created colorless gemstone with across-the-room sparkle. This journey has been a wonder, and along the way, many customers have become enthralled by Moissanite’s beauty and price. It lets them have the larger stone they want — for bridal or fashion — at a fraction of what a comparable diamond would cost.

And Moissanite’s story is far from over. We’re excited to introduce you to our dazzling new colored Moissanite, available in fancy diamond hues. Each vibrant color boasts the brilliance and scintillation that sets Moissanite apart. And your customers will effortlessly fall in love with these swoon-worthy shades.

All colored Moissanite comes in six shapes and various sizes that give you inspiration and your customers tantalizing options.

Shop colored Moissanite on Stuller.com today!

Brown Moissanite

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Brown Moissanite has the delicious color of cognac or whiskey. This elegant neutral shade will look outstanding with any outfit adding new dimensions of sophistication. Accent it with colorless Moissanite in melee sizes to a dazzling creation.

Blue Moissanite

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Blue Moissanite has the scene-stealing presence of the Hope Diamond, a rich blue with light bursting forth. The is particularly true with the round and oval shape, while the emerald and princess shapes have an almost navy hue tinged with teal. It’s a gorgeous neutral, perfect for every occasion.

Green Moissanite

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Green Moissanite will take your breath away. Its rich saturation will capture the attention of anyone who sees it, and it will go with any outfit simply because the owner will want to wear it all the time.

Yellow Moissanite

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Yellow Moissanite is the sparkling essence of joy, a stunning lab-created gem that uplifts the spirit and seems to have captured the sun. Think of it as a ray of hope. We can’t call it a neutral because it’s too vivid, but it will go with everything.

Black Moissanite

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Black Moissanite offers mystery, drama, and sophistication that men will love as much as women. Most excitingly, it comes in more shapes than black diamond and costs much less.

Color and light fascinate me, making these new Moissanites a delightful tonic for my creativity. Introduce your customers to them, and see if they don’t spark custom designs.




A Stuller Ring Story: Paula and Keith

Continuing our celebration of Stuller’s Year of the Wedding™, we are highlighting stunning engagement rings and the Stuller associates who wear them. 

Every couple is different and so is their journey to “I do.” Sometimes a couple finds each other in the most unlikely of places and at a time when they least expect it. For tools & supplies technical specialist Paula, her perfect match was a coworker of more than 20 years, but it was quite the journey to get there. Follow along on a story that epitomizes the saying, “Love is patient.” 

This is Paula and Keith’s ring story. 

New Beginnings 

Paula began her career at Stuller in 1995 in the stone setting department as a specialist. Within her first few years at Stuller, she experienced personal ups and downs, which ended with a divorce after 16 years of marriage. While not an experience anyone would want to go through, she looked forward to a new beginning and focused on supporting her children. 

At the time Paula had started at Stuller, Keith had already been with the company for three years and was a master stone setter. They worked together in the stone setting department for a few years and became friends. As time passed and their friendship grew, Keith decided to take things to the next level and asked Paula on a date. Having already been married and divorced, Paula was hesitant at first, but knew the Keith was a good man and decided to pursue the opportunity. 

Paula’s Perfect Ring 

As Paula would say, she loves “bling.” She told Keith that if she ever did get married again, she would want to “do it big.” 

With his connections in Stuller’s CAD/CAM team, Keith took a yellow gold Stuller mounting (now discontinued) that featured baguette diamond accents. In addition to the baguette accent stones, he filled in areas between those stones with round diamond accents. Then, he added a platinum setting complete with a marquise diamond. Keith is a certified gemologist and was very picky about what stones he wanted in Paula’s rings. With a service we now call Special Orders, Keith was able to source the perfect marquise diamond in the clarity and quality he wanted. 

Paula got Keith’s wedding ring and provided him with options. She chose three options from the catalog and told him to pick two. She wanted to make sure he would like the ring, but still wanted an element of surprise. He picked his two options, and she chose a simple two-tone band made with yellow and white gold to match the style of her ring. She also had their wedding date inscribed on the inside of the band. 

Five years after they were married, Keith also had matching bands made for Paula to go on either side of her engagement ring. Paula is a fan of having two bands accompanying an engagement ring. With the help of some friends in CAD/CAM services, Keith was able to get Paula’s ring under the guise of they wanted to practice making an imprint with her ring. What actually happened was Keith soldered two bands onto the ring and gifted her the complete ring for Christmas that year with Paula’s children.

The Journey from “Yes” to “I Do” 

A Holiday Proposal 

As you can imagine, things progressed very well for Paula and Keith. While Paula was enjoying their time together as they became serious about their relationship, Keith is the type of man that knows what he wants and made his intentions clear. In 1999, Paula was under the impression she was getting a watch for Christmas from Keith. However, while opening gifts with his family, she opened a watch box to no watch. 

She looked at him and whispered, “It’s empty.” He smiled and told her, “Look again real good.” 

Paula removed the watch collar from the box and laying there was the beautiful ring Keith had designed and customized just for her. She excitedly accepted his proposal. 

Patience is a Virtue 

While she was incredibly happy to be engaged to Keith, she wasn’t quite ready to get married again and Keith was a patient man. Every six months after their engagement, Keith would ask her, “Are you ready to get married?” Each time she replied, “Not yet.” Unphased, Keith would accept that answer and prepare to ask again in another six months. 

This six-month routine repeated itself for over three years. While many would be shocked to hear a story like this, Paula and Keith were not in a rush. They had each other and that was enough. That is, until Paula came to a personal realization. 

A True, South Louisiana Wedding 

In March 2003, Paula was at her bench in her new role in the modeling department. The thought came to her, “That’s a good man I have. He’s taken ‘no’ every six months and still treats me like a queen and puts me on a pedestal.” 

On her break that day, she walked up to his office in stone setting. She told him that she knew it was not his usual check in time, but she was now ready to get married. He replied with a simple “okay” and went back to work. As she walked back to her bench from his office, she was a little confused at how nonchalantly he responded. In fact, she turned around and went back to his office to talk to him about how he felt about the wedding, but he was gone. 

Confused and slightly anxious at Keith’s sudden departure from work, she went home at the end of the day wondering what he was up to. As she walked in the house, she saw Keith sitting in the living room and on a table was a marriage license ready for them to get married that upcoming weekend. 

Within three days, Keith and their families were able to coordinate a wedding true to their southern Louisiana roots. Complete with their families, they celebrated the next stage of their lives with a crawfish boil at their home and the rest is history. Paula and Keith remain happily married to this day and still work at Stuller along with several members of their family. 

A Stuller Happily Ever After 

The beautiful thing about love is that it can be unexpected and find us when we least expect it. Paula and Keith’s story is one with a long winding journey, but also with the happy ending they both deserve. The fact that their Stuller family was able to be along for the ride the entire way made it all the better. 


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