Incorporating Shape in Your Custom Design

Incorporating Shape in Your Custom Design

Diamonds and gemstones come in many shapes and cuts, each with unique attributes that focus on different characteristics of the stone. The type and quality of the cut can greatly alter the look of the final piece and are important to think about when planning a design. You never know 'till you ask! Here is some info about the most popular cuts and styles used today.


Round Cut (Brilliant)

Brilliant cut round diamonds are by far the most popular, representing more than two thirds of all diamonds sold. Brilliant cut stones are designed mathematically so that the cut and size of all the facets reflect and disperse the maximum amount of light back towards the observer's eye.  Round diamonds also tend to cost more than the other "Fancy cut" shapes because of the high demand, and because in order to achieve the exact measurements of the facet cuts, more of the original rough stone is usually lost.

Princess Cut

Princess cut stones have been rising in popularity and are the most popular of all the "Fancy Cuts". These stones are cut in a square shape with sharp corners. Princess cut diamonds are usually less expensive than brilliant cut diamonds because there is less waste when cutting out of the rough stone. Another advantage is that a princess cut diamond may actually have a smaller carat weight than a round diamond, and still look larger to the naked eye because of the large flat top. This makes princess a great way to maximize the look of a large diamond without breaking the bank.

Oval Cut

Oval cut stones are considered a modified brilliant cut style. This means they are also designed with specific proportions that allow for maximum light reflection and dispersion (brilliance and fire). Oval stones are a great choice for those who like the look of a round stone but want something a little more unique. Another advantage of an oval cut is that it tends to create the illusion of a longer and slimmer finger for the wearer.

Emerald and Baguette Cuts

Emerald and baguette cuts have a more unique look than most typical brilliant or modified brilliant cuts. They are usually rectangular in shape. Instead of focusing on brilliance and fire, these cuts focus on luster, whiteness and clarity of the diamond. With long linear areas of light and dark reflection, the stones tend to have a "Hall of mirrors" effect. The elegant look of the emerald and baguette cut was popular in years past and now has an antique look that's making a comeback.

Pear Cut

Pear cut stones are also considered a modified brilliant cut focusing on fire and brilliance. They are essentially a combination of both a round cut and a marquise cut (football shape) with one rounded end coming to a point at the other end. Pear cuts can also help to elongate the fingers of the wearer when worn with the point facing up towards the hand.

Jewelry As a Reflection of Love and Life

Jewelry As a Reflection of Love and Life

The most joyful day of my life; October 15th 2016, when I married my beloved Peter Brooks. We joined our families in a beautiful sunlight ceremony right in front of the studio at our home in Braddock Heights, MD. With our children and family surrounding us we spoke our vows, exchanged rings, sealed with a kiss and embraced in a group hug with our children.


A tidal wave of excitement and planning started in early Fall as we organized and beautified the studio, gardens and our home. I’m grateful for all the friends and family that helped make the day perfect. We are especially grateful to Katie Urquiza in her extraordinary efforts in orchestrating our perfect day.  
As a jeweler, I delighted in designing our wedding rings and wanted them to be a thoughtful representation of the themes of life that have been a foundation for our growing love of one another.

My ring is hand carved and cast in white gold. There are two joining tendrils.  The four main diamonds represent Peter and I, and each of our children; Donya (Peter's grandmother's diamond, given to me by his mother, Marylin Brooks), Zach and Ryan. The small diamonds surrounding the main diamonds represent 9 aspects of consciousness. These 9 words are also engraved in Peters leaf-impression band; Peace, Discipline, Love, Excellence, Depth, Clarity, Loyalty, Joy and Strength.  Ultimately the love in our hearts and the strength of what we have built together is something ineffable. I have been filled with love and joy not only for the special day we celebrated together, but for the love of so many family members and friends who shared this special moment with us.

Finding the Right Fit

Finding the Right Fit

Choosing the Best Precious Metals for your Projects

 Jewelry is personal and sentimental, it can represent emotions, milestones, love of one another, memories shared, and so much more. When it comes time to invest in a special piece, there can be lots of factors to consider. Understanding and knowing the right materials for you can help to make the decision a little easier.

Stacey works in precious metals including Gold, Platinum, and Palladium. These fine metals offer the best quality, durability and investment value for our clients.

18k gold Willow Hoop earrings and Anniversary Ring 


Gold has played a part in human history for thousands of years and remains today at the center of the world of fine jewelry. The rich tones of gold and its ability to endure through the ages has made it a perfect analogy for the sentiments of love. Pure gold is very soft and malleable, and therefore not a practical choice for wearable jewelry. Instead at the studio we prefer 18k, or 75% pure gold. The gold is mixed with metal alloys such as platinum, silver or palladium which improve the durability of the jewelry while still maintaining the rich warm color of pure gold. 14k, or 58% gold is also an option, with less pure gold content it is more affordable, however 14k gold can look a bit cooler or paler and does not have the richness of 18k.

White Gold

White gold is mixed with certain metals, usually in the platinum family, that give the gold a white color. White gold is made in the same purity levels as yellow and therefore is also available in 18k. In some cases jewelers plate the white gold in Rhodium which truly gives the gold a bright white- silvery look

18k White gold Anniversary Band

Rose Gold

Rose gold has recently gained popularity as an alternative choice to the typical white or yellow gold, and looks fantastic especially on warmer skin tones. The gold is mixed with copper to give a rosy pinkish gold color.

Rose gold solitaire engagement ring


Platinum is a fantastic choice for those who want the look of white gold without the maintenance. Platinum is the most dense of the metals we use in the studio and therefore also the strongest, creating very secure settings for precious stones and resisting scratches or wear and tear. Since platinum does not need to be mixed with other metals for strength it is very pure and hypoallergenic, making it a great choice for those with sensitive skin. However, Platinum is also the most expensive of all the metals we use in the studio. It is a relatively rare metal and since it is not mixed with metal alloys it can be quite pricey.

Platinum Anniversary ring with Sapphire and diamond


Palladium is in the same family as platinum and shares some of the same characteristics, however it is not quite as rare and therefore much more affordable. Palladium is a great choice for those who want a platinum or white gold look without breaking the budget. It is also less dense than platinum, and so it feels lighter on your hand and can be more comfortable. Because of its lighter density, palladium lends itself to intricate designs and detailed work. Palladium is very pure and also hypoallergenic like platinum while still maintaining its strength and durability. When polished to a high shine it looks nearly identical to platinum, making it a great alternative.

Matte-finish Palladium Engagement Ring


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