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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Meet Brittany Pata: The 2021 March Bridal Madness Champion

The 2021 winner of our annual March Bridal Madness contest is Brittany Pata, a custom jewelry designer at Zachary’s Jewelers in Annapolis, MD!

I had the honor of speaking with Brittany and asking her some questions about her design journey, as well as her personal life! Learn more about Brittany and her winning March Bridal Madness design below.

Congratulations, Brittany, on being crowned the 12th annual March Bridal Madness champion! Before we get into the design, tell us a little bit about yourself!

I got married in May 2019 to my husband, Nick. Nick is a D.C. Firefighter who also volunteers in his spare time. We have two dogs, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Husky. We are a fun outdoorsy family, but we also just love to snuggle up on the couch with the pups and watch a movie.

A little about my background. I went to Florida State University (Go Seminoles!) and graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design. I have always been very artistic and my ability to draw and paint was an amazing gift I was given. When I was in grade school, I actually won a few art contests and dreamed about one day becoming a muralist, but fell into graphic design and loved it. After graduating, I realized there was something huge missing from my life and my career, and that was people. Sitting behind a computer designing just wasn’t enough for me.

That’s so interesting! How did your background get you into the jewelry industry?

This is a really good story! My mom is a philanthropist and has been on the Hospice Gala board for many years, and three years ago asked me if I would help volunteer at their annual Hospice Gala Event. When I got there, employees from Zachary’s Jewelers were there giving away a big-ticket item they were donating, and they needed help selling the raffle tickets. I stepped in, and Evangeline, the owner’s sister, and Constance, who is our COO, were impressed with the way I was selling and handling the raffle ticket purchases and told me that if they had a position open at the store, I would be the first person they called. Not even 6 months later I get a call for an interview, and the rest is history!

That’s an awesome story. I can tell you are passionate about what you do! Tell me, what is the story behind the winning design?

A young man came in and wanted to propose to his girlfriend, and luckily had acquired a beautiful family stone, a round brilliant diamond. Even though I have only been in jewelry for a couple years, I have always been able to see people well, and this young man was the first young man I had sat with that I could feel the loved he felt for her just seeping from every part of him. I could tell this young man truly just could not wait to start his life with her.

He wanted to create something special, so we landed on doing a fun and unique starburst halo style setting, and I was able to send him a few ideas using different shaped diamonds in different patterns, and he chose the winning design that you see here! He put all his trust in me, and together with Zachary’s Jewelers, we created a beautiful one-of-a-kind setting that she absolutely adores! When I handed the finished piece to my customer, we both teared up and it was such a beautiful moment.

It’s truly wonderful, the moments jewelers get to experience with customers, especially for occasions of this magnitude! Did you have any inspiration for the design?

A couple weeks prior to meeting my customer, Stuller had some website banners showcasing their new starburst style halo rings, and the ring I designed pulled some characteristics from one of those styles! When he came in and said he wanted to do something a little playful and fun, I knew exactly the direction to go based on the inspiration I had seen from visiting the Stuller website.

I think the starburst-style rings are becoming really popular, and rightfully so. They are beautiful! Can you tell me about the design process of this ring?

The process started off by me as the designer coming up with different drawn ideas to showcase his family’s stone. I have attached a photo of this. Then he chose the one he liked best, and after the estimate was approved, the CAD render images were sent to him for approval. He was very excited to move onto the next step!

After that, we met once more for me to show him the WAX, which we created for him to look at and approve before the ring went to casting and setting. He ended up being thrilled with the wax and loved every step of the process. When the finished product was completed, I took it outside, like I always do for all my custom designs, and took a few nicely lit images and videos of the ring to send to him with a text saying, “It’s HERE! And it’s Beautiful!”.

I’m sure he LOVED it, I know I did. You just might have to design my engagement ring! Outside of work, what are some of your interests or hobbies?

I am an avid dog lover, Peloton Spinner, scuba-diver, Netflix binger, sunset lover, crafter, and boat day enthusiast. I also love having a cocktail downtown Annapolis with friends on a warm summer day.

Thanks so much for sharing Brittany! We here at Stuller are so thrilled with your design. We are sure you made one lucky lady very happy. Be sure to check out Zachary’s Jewelers if you’re in the Annapolis area, and be sure to keep up with them on their Facebook and Instagram.

Additionally, follow Brittany’s personal design page on Instagram here to keep up with her journey in the industry as a jewelry designer.


Want to learn about last year’s March Bridal Madness winner? Check out our feature of the 2020 champion here!




Something Old, Something New: Repurposing Stones for Engagement Rings

Everyone has heard of the adage “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” on a bride’s wedding day to bring good luck. Today we are going to focus on the first half of the saying so that your brides will feel special with a little something old and newly incorporated into their engagement ring. Let’s dive into the topic of repurposing stones.

Love That Lasts Generations 

A bride will always make her wedding day her own and each bride is different. You will see personal touches in every detail from decorations to vows. They find a way to showcase the things that are most important to them, such as family. 

One of the oldest traditions in the wedding industry is the act of passing meaningful family items down to the next generation. Jewelry pieces, such as engagement rings, travel through generations from mother to daughter, grandmother to granddaughter, aunt to niece, etc. 

Due to their strength and value, jewelry set with diamonds are favored to be gifted to a younger family member because they can withstand generations of everyday jewelry wear and will always maintain their value. These pieces are certainly something that should be kept in the family. 

While diamond rings are often passed on to younger family members, less often do you see the entire ring being used as an engagement ring. Setting style popularity changes over time and women in different generations have varied tastes. Enter the jeweler. 

Solutions for Jewelers 

As a jeweler, you are integral to making sure a repurposed stone is used in a new ring properly. While brides may have an idea of the kind of ring they want to use with their stone, it’s important they know whether or not the stone fits the style and shape of the mounting. Your expertise will help guide them to the perfect ring to honor a precious family heirloom. 

Stuller provides several options to help you with this task. From making it easy to find semi-set mountings to custom design options, there is a solution for every jeweler and every ring. 

ever&ever® Selling Solution 

ever&ever® is a complete bridal program featuring high-quality, customizable prototype rings — each a flexible 3C design. While the primary function of ever&ever® is to provide your customers with an in-case customizable ring experience, some Stuller customers are using the selection a different way. 

Because the ever&ever® system features some of our best on-trend bridal designs, it is a great place to start when finding a setting that your customer would love to pair with their stone! Every ever&ever® ring can be ordered semi-set so you can place the repurposed stone in yourself. 

Provide your customer with the best style options for their stone size and make sure to use Stuller.com/everandever to help narrow down your options by inputting the stone size and shape. 

Advanced Mountings Search 

If you have the stone size and shape but want to narrow down your selection of mountings that fit, use our Advanced Mountings Search. You can find the Advanced Mounting Search by clicking the featured blue button at the top of our website or visit Stuller.com/SearchByStone

Narrow down your options by selecting the stone shape, dimensions, the metal color you’d like, and product type (select rings). From there, you will only see options that fit the stone the bride is providing. Further organize your search by bestsellers, newness, and price to find the perfect mounting. 

CAD/CAM Services 

If you’d rather create a completely customized design option, our CAD/CAM Services is here to help. Submit a sketch, CAD design created with MatrixGold® or other CAD-based software, or even a wax or resin model. From there, our team will get to work crafting your unique piece to fit your customer’s stone. When it comes to repurposing stones, CAD/CAM Services provides the most flexible and custom solutions.

Learn to Modify a Style with CAD/CAM Services in a recent blog post.

Matching Services 

Not only is it important to find a mounting that fits the stone, but it’s also important for you to consider any accent or companion stones being incorporated into the piece. Stuller’s Matching Services for diamonds and gemstones is there to help you find the perfect stones to complement your customer’s diamond. To get started, contact our team at 800-877-7777, ext. 5. 

Your Custom Jewelry Partner 

A wedding is always an exciting occasion, and we want to be there for you as you help the happy couple. It’s important for you to know that when dealing with repurposing stones, you have many options available to you and Stuller wants to help. If you ever need to know what options available to you are best, feel free to contact us at 800-877-7777. 




A Stuller Ring Story: Marci and Josh

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

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Behind every ring is a unique story. The spark, the first date, meeting family members, the first trip together, the proposal. Everything from the moment you meet to the moment you say “I do” builds on an epic story worth sharing. For Stuller graphic designer Marci, reminiscing on those moments with her husband Josh are particularly special now that they are about to embark on a new journey together as parents. More on that to come.

This is Marci and Josh’s ring story.

Setting the Scene

Marci and Josh had a unique start to their relationship. In the world of online dating, it’s sometimes hard to meet someone in person without some assistance. Friends of Marci, who also worked at Stuller, approached Marci about potentially setting her up with their friend Josh. Marci was not too eager to go on a blind date, but eventually agreed.

On their group bowling date, “it was as awkward as a group date can be and as blind as a blind date can be in the world of social media. I for sure looked him up online before showing up,” Marci said.

While Marci may have thought the first meeting to be awkward, she stayed on Josh’s mind following the date and he eventually worked up the courage to ask her out on a solo date.

The Perfect, Modern Trend

As you might have guessed, things progressed very well for Marci and Josh onward. For nearly two years, their relationship grew and then it became time to consider the next step.

Working in the marketing department at Stuller, Marci has studied thousands of engagement rings. So you can imagine that there was a list of features and styles that she liked. That is, until the day she found the one she loved. While assisting in a photo shoot, she found what would ultimately be THE one. Immediately, she took a picture of the ring and sent it to Josh along with an item number to make sure he got the hint.

“Noted,” he replied. With the help of public relations and social media manager Nichole Guillory, he began to create her dream ring.

While not particular about many of the details going into the ring, Marci provided some guidance to Josh. She was partial to a moissanite center stone and preferred yellow gold or rose gold.

In the end, Marci’s engagement ring was a simple, yet beautiful rose gold solitaire (122004) with a crown setting. The center stone is a 7.4mm round-shaped colorless Charles & Colvard Forever One® Moissanite. Josh wanted his band to match Marci’s so she got him a lightweight comfort fit half round band (IRL11) made in rose gold, a very trendy style for men’s bands.

As a special touch to his band, Marci worked with Stuller’s CAD/CAM Services to inscribe a little note on the inside of the band. “Love, Marci” accompanies their wedding date to serve as an eternal reminder of their new beginning.

Full Circle Moment

There is something else special about Marci’s wedding band that really touches the heart. To provide some background, Stuller was not Marci’s first job in the jewelry industry. She began her journey in jewelry at a local jewelry store in Opelousas, LA while in high school.

Mornhinveg & Castille has been a loyal Stuller customer for nearly 40 years. In fact, Marci was first introduced to Stuller while working as a holiday gift wrapper there at the age of 15. She was a part of the Mornhinveg & Castille family through high school and even during college. For her, it only made sense to honor where she came from.

When she went to visit the showroom, she was greeted by current owner and former Stuller associate, Eric Castro. He was able to give her a perfect buying experience and helped her find the perfect band. She found a beautiful rose gold diamond-set wedding band to match her ring and Josh bought it right out of the case.

This band now serves as a reminder to Marci that you never know where life will take you and how parts of your past can come back to make your future that much brighter.

The Proposal

With the rings in hand, all that was left to do was to seal the deal by popping the question. But it did not happen how Marci thought it would.

Part 1 – She Thought

There was a moment when Marci was sure that Josh was going to propose. They were traveling to a friend’s baby shower out of town when they decided to make a weekend out of it. What better way to spend a weekend getaway than at a charming bed and breakfast?

For an afternoon outing, they decided to visit the local state park. When they arrived, Josh pulled out a picnic basket Marci wasn’t expecting. They enjoy a picturesque walk followed by a magical picnic complete with wine and a cheese assortment. While they were eating a deer came out of the woods and Marci was sure this was a sign that this outing was something out of a movie.

She was so sure that he was going to use that moment to propose. But the moment did not come that weekend, much to her dismay. Although she will admit it was a wonderful weekend that she enjoyed spending with him.

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Part 2 – The Real Deal

Keeping her anxiousness to herself, they returned home. But Marci didn’t realize her real surprise was soon coming. The following week, Josh asked Marci to join him for a trip to Avery Island’s Jungle Gardens – home of the Louisiana famous McIlhenny family’s Tobasco® hot sauce factory just south of Lafayette.

She felt a feeling of dejá vu as he brought along another picnic basket on their walk through the gardens. When they arrived at their picnic location, he opened the basket to reveal a dozen roses along with a letter. In the letter was a note to Marci that expressed how he felt about her and presented a very important question.

As she finished the letter and looked up, Josh was waiting on his knee with the ring in hand. After she gave an enthusiastic “YES!”, they joined their families who were waiting for them at a local brewery. They were all in on the plan.

Two Plus Two

Marci and Josh have a beautiful love story that is complemented by gorgeous rings that carry special meaning behind them. These rings tell their story – one as unique as their love. And now they prepare for that love to grow exponentially. After three happy years of marriage, Marci and Josh are expecting twin baby girls to be born next month!

We wish the ultimate happiness to the soon-to-be parents and are sure their love will last as long as their cherished rings that symbolize a lifetime of commitment, stories, and new beginnings.

Natalie Phillips Photography | nataliephillipsphotography.com


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Ring Pairings for the Perfect Match

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.

52333 124673

For the Fashion-Forward Couple

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.

TAR51911 124373

For the Budget-Friendly Couple

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.

T805 124702

For the Luxe Life Couple

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.

122254 123869

For the Old Souls Couple

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.

MGRE10 123983

Making the Sale with Ring Pairings

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.


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A Stuller Ring Story: Heather and Cody

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

You can find a piece of every bride in her ring as it reflects her style, personality, and beauty. For Stuller’s director of diamonds, Heather Fontenot, this statement rings true with the simple yet elegant solitaire ring her now-husband surprised her with.

This is Heather and Cody’s ring story. 

Photo by Ashford Halley | AshfordHalley.com

“Very simple, very easy.” 

From picking out the perfect diamond and mounting to crafting a unique wedding band solution, the experts at Stuller were happy to help and be a part of Heather and Cody’s journey to happily ever after.  

When the time came for Cody to pop the question, he enlisted the help of Stanley Zale – Stuller’s vice president of diamond and gemstone procurement. While Heather did connect Cody and Stanley, she gave no directions to Cody as to what she wanted. 

“I didn’t tell Cody anything, but I told Stanley that I like a high color. I didn’t care what shape, the mounting, the design – I wanted to be surprised.” 

Stanley coordinated with Cody for him to visit the Stuller building during Bench Jeweler Workshop, when Heather would be preoccupied and not notice he was around. Stanley and another coworker assisted Cody in picking the diamond and ring without Heather being aware he was in the building.

Heather trusted Cody to know her and her tastes. She said, “I feel like he has always understood what I wanted.” In the end, he truly did.

Heather’s ring is a six-prong die-struck platinum solitaire with a 2.14-carat oval lab-grown diamond (VS1, F). Strong, simple, and classic – exactly what Heather wanted! 

Custom Wedding Band Solution 

While Heather’s engagement ring is simple and classic, her wedding bands required a unique solution to make it perfect. Heather’s vision was to have two wedding bands – one on each side of the ring – that rest flush against the ring without a contour around the ring. She found it difficult to find a wedding band that fit just right. With the six-prong setting, there was always either a gap between the bands or a contour around the ring. 

She enlisted the help of Stuller’s CAD/CAM Services to assist her in creating a custom solution. In the end, Stuller’s designers were able to take two simple shanks and create a notch in each that allows the rings to fit flat on either side of the engagement ring. This unique solution allows Heather to stack any ring on her finger with these bands without them having to have a matching contour, letting her enjoy the simplicity of wearing just her bands with their one-of-a-kind features. 

A Personal Touch from Heather 

Cody’s wedding band was also made by the team at Stuller. Simple in style and made of platinum, it is the perfect complement to Heather’s custom rings.  

But Cody’s ring has something unique and special about it as well: on the inside, Heather had a short note inscribed in her handwriting. It reads “Forever Yours” along with their wedding date, the perfect reminder that Cody has found his perfect match. 

The Proposal 

With all the planning done, it was finally time for Cody to ask Heather the ultimate question. He told her that they were going meet up with their friends for his birthday at their favorite restaurant – Tsunami in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They arrived early and enjoyed a glass of wine overlooking a picturesque Mississippi River sunset on the terrace. 

He turned to Heather and said, “Do you remember how I said I got everything I wanted for my birthday? Well, there is just one more thing.” He got on one knee, and the rest is history. The excuse of meeting up with friends was a ruse. They enjoyed a dinner alone together before telling their families and the world the good news. 

Make Dreams a Reality 

There are stories like Heather and Cody’s every day. While you carry rings that will bring tears to a bride’s face, others will need your help designing a ring that exceeds their greatest dreams. 

We are here to make you the hero and help you provide the happy ending that Heather and Cody received. Starting with one of our 3C designs, you can guide your customer through the process of customizing their ring. You also have the option to work with our CAD/CAM team or create your own design using CounterSketch® or MatrixGold®

We have solutions to meet all your needs. Visit Stuller.com today and let us help you make your customers’ dreams come true. 


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How to Customize Bridal Jewelry With Modify a Style

As one of the top proposal dates of the year, Valentine’s Day is an important time of the year for the jewelry industry. With custom-designed jewelry only growing more popular, offering customization as one of your services is a guaranteed way to boost sales and build your reputation as your area’s go-to jeweler for all things custom.

But if you think you need to buy expensive equipment to offer customization, we have great news: Stuller’s Modify a Style service makes it easy for you to offer customized engagement rings to any customer. Available through our CAD/CAM Services team, Modify a Style is your solution to any custom request.

Start With the Basics

Your journey starts with a flexible 3C design on the Stuller website.

These designs, marked out with the light blue 3C badge, indicate that a specific style is a flexible 3C design. What this means is you can change the center stone shape, center stone size, ring size, and metal quality of that chosen style. Almost immediately, the on-screen render will update to reflect your changes.

For example, if you have a solitaire-style ring and want to change the center from a five-millimeter round diamond to a seven-millimeter round morganite, you can make the switch and rapidly get a new visual — right before your customer’s eyes.

But what if those options aren’t enough to achieve their dream ring? What if they need something a little extra special?

Enter: Modify a Style

When you want to customize a flexible 3C design beyond the options you see online, Stuller’s CAD/CAM Services can make those changes for you. With Modify a Style, you choose an existing style and request that our CAD/CAM team make the changes to your specifications. There are two ways to do this:

  1. Click Modify This Style beneath the product’s image on the left side of your screen.
  2. Grab the product’s SKU number and visit the Modify a Style form directly here.

Endless Possibilities

From needing a special setting for a customer’s unusual stone to wanting to change up the details on an existing flexible 3C design, the customization possibilities are truly endless with Modify a Style.

You’ll receive a quote and a render within 48 hours (two business days). Once we have your approval, our expert team of manufacturers and designers will get to work on your jewelry, working back and forth with you each step of the process until the ring is perfect.

Whether you want the final piece delivered to you set, unset, or semi-set and unfinished or perfectly polished, Stuller’s CAD/CAM Services work for you to make any bridal dream come true.

Other CAD/CAM Services

Journey of a Ring Jewelry CAD and Modeling Wax

In addition to Modify a Style, Stuller offers three other ways you can customize with our CAD/CAM experts:

  • Submit a Model lets you send in a resin or wax model. CAD/CAM Services will take care of the casting so that you don’t have to.
  • Submit a CAD Model lets you send in a render that Stuller will then grow as a wax or resin, then cast if you desire.
  • Submit a Sketch enables you to send in an image or drawing. Our design team will do the CAD work for you, and once approved, we can take care of manufacturing — from start to finish, all in one place.

Browse our flexible 3C bridal styles on Stuller.com.


Check out these blog posts that detail customization solutions Stuller offers.

How Stuller’s CAD/CAM Services Makes Custom More Efficient

Enhance Your Customer Experience Through Custom Solutions




A Stuller Ring Story: Blake and Morgan

The process of picking out the perfect engagement ring is extremely personal and different for every couple. Some brides pick out their own ring, while others are completely surprised by what their soon-to-be-fiancé chooses. But there is another way: building fully customized rings with a custom jeweler. That is exactly what Blake and Morgan did with the help of Stuller’s CAD/CAM services

This year on the blog, we are celebrating Stuller’s Year of the Wedding™ by highlighting stunning engagement rings and the Stuller associates who wear them. This is Blake and Morgan’s story. 

‘I want something completely different.’ 

Morgan did not want to be involved in designing her ring, but she did give her future husband Blake some guidelines. They browsed styles together at multiple jewelers, but as the Bridal Director at Stuller at the time, she felt that she had seen everything. 

Morgan wanted something completely different than she had seen before. One thing she did not want were common stone shapes– no round or princess cut diamonds.

Blake had so many options from metal type, center stone shape and size to personal details that only they would know about. The options were endless, but it all started with a set of sketches (see below). Blake knew Morgan was interested in a classic three-stone ring, but she was open to different designs on the shank.  

One style he considered was a French-set eternity style that would have been paired with matching wedding bands (sketch #5).

In the end, he chose a platinum design with a three-stone setting (sketch #2) with a 3.02 carat marquise cut diamond center and Cadillac cut diamonds on either side. The ring features diamond accents on the gallery rails. 

The unique shaped Cadillac cut diamonds in the ring were custom ordered, a service also offered by Stuller. Some jewelers choose to review stones so they can be hand-picked by the customer during an in-person design session.

Custom Created Band for Blake

Blake’s wedding band was also custom and the finish they picked is what sets it apart from others. The platinum flat comfort fit band has satin and rock finishes. It exudes style and tells the story of a guy who is both refined and strong. A smaller band with the same satin and rock finish was also made. Morgan wears it alongside her diamond wedding band. 

The Proposal

Blake and Morgan’s proposal was simple and down to Earth. Morgan got home from work on a weekday afternoon and they were planning to go to the gym together. Blake reminded her to go out to her car to grab clothes for the gym. When she walked back in, Blake was down on one knee. Morgan now says he was so pale from nerves that she made him stand up immediately. She said yes! It turns out a workout was never going to happen. Blake had arranged family and friends to be on-hand for a dinner to celebrate. They would be married at a resort in Mexico the next year.

We’re Here For You

You can help make dreams come true just like Blake and Morgan’s with the help of Stuller’s CAD/CAM services. Start with one of our 3C Collection designs and highlight the many options to make their big day one to remember. As a Stuller customer, you can also send a sketch to our CAD/CAM team or create using CounterSketch. We offer competitive turn-around time on custom orders for your most particular customers. Don’t forget to take advantage of our guaranteed same-day shipping on in-stock items. 

Follow along as we celebrate Stuller’s Year of the Wedding™ and stay tuned for more sweet stories of personalized bridal jewelry.


Learn more about Stuller’s Year of the Wedding™ on our recent blog post!

Stuller’s Year of the Wedding: Rescheduled Dreams Come True




Stuller’s Year of the Wedding: Rescheduled Dreams Come True

We can all agree that 2020 was not the perfect year. With a global pandemic, the wedding industry certainly took a hit in every way possible – postponed weddings, held-off engagements, restricted celebrations, and more. But the fine jewelry industry has responded with new ways to help make dreams come true. We expect 2021 to be a year to remember.

According to the 2020 Brides Magazine American Wedding Study, 66% of survey respondents made the difficult decision to postpone their wedding. While some weddings might look different this year, brides are focusing on what is most important and jewelers will no doubt have a starring role in their customers’ ‘happily, ever after.’ We know you will be there for couples embarking on new, married lives and we want to be there for you. To kick things off, we are declaring 2021 as Stuller’s Year of the Wedding™.

This year is aimed at providing you with everything you need to make all your customers’ dreams come true. From top selections in our ever&ever®, 3C, and designer bridal collections to the tools, materials, and resources necessary to create a memorable custom experience, Stuller is your destination for all things wedding. Head over to Stuller.com/YearOfTheWedding to kick off this year’s celebration of love finding its way!

Product Selections

Our team has curated collections of classic, contemporary, and on-trend products your customers will love. Browse engagement rings, wedding bands, and stackables with the touch of a button.

SHOP ENGAGEMENTS

SHOP BANDS

SHOP STACKABLES

Marketing Resources

We have crafted a collection of photos, videos, and other marketing materials that are free for you to use. Throughout the year, we will be uploading fresh content to assist you in your marketing efforts.

ever&ever® Selling Solution

Enjoy access to a complete bridal program featuring high-quality, completely customizable prototype rings. Becoming an authorized ever&ever® retailer will not only give you access to our best 3C customizable designs, but you also have additional monthly marketing assets at your disposal. For more information on ever&ever®, visit our website at Stuller.com/everandever.

CAD/CAM Services

Not only do we have a vast selection of finished jewelry for you to offer your customers, but we also have solutions that cater to your customization needs. Whether you need assistance in designing, prototyping, casting, setting, or finishing, our CAD/CAM team is ready to help you create a one-of-a-kind, custom design experience for your customers.

Much, Much More

Stuller is the one-stop-shop for jewelers, providing you with everything you need for a successful new year. Our ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones, recycled metals, quality tools, and innovative design technology are at your disposal. We are moving on from 2020 and ready to help you make Stuller’s Year of the Wedding™ one to remember.

Cheers to 2021!