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From the Upcycling Bin at E|E

I love upcycling. As an earth scientist, naturally I appreciate the “green” angle of recycling material and preserving scarce resources. But honestly, I get more excited about seeing the pleasure people get from transforming  underworn jewelry into new pieces that will be worn regularly and amply enjoyed. Here’s a great example of what I mean.

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The 5th C of Gemstones: Some Thoughts on Country of Origin

The country of origin is a value factor for colored gemstones, the 5th C that is used for assessment in addition to the 4Cs that are well-known for diamonds—color, cut, clarity, and carat weight. For certain gemstones, the importance of the 5th C far outweighs the other four in governing value. Think of it like the gem equivalent of a luxury brand. 

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If you like it then YOU should put a ring on it!

For me, the decision to start E|E meant choosing to stop trying to be something I’m not, and instead start embracing what I am. I celebrated that commitment to myself by designing and making the sapphire engagement ring and wedding band I’d always wanted. I wear that engagement set daily, even though it confuses people (I’m not actually married, except to my business I guess). When I explain its story to women who ask about it—“I knew exactly what I wanted, so I went ahead and made it instead of sitting around waiting for someone to give it to me!”—I am amazed and delighted to see their faces light up.

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So where are the diamonds, Em?

If you’ve looked around my website, you may have noticed that I don’t use many diamonds. It’s not that I don’t have access to them—I have great relationships in the NYC Diamond District and can get pretty much whatever I want. I just tend not to gravitate toward them. “Why?” you may wonder. “Diamonds are girl’s best friend.” Well, not this girl. Don’t get me wrong, I love them. I just love other things more. Let me explain.  

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