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Beryls of Fun


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BERYLS OF FUN?! Are you kidding me?! I really go above and beyond for you guys.

Anyway, when I got a package at the office from DeBella Fine Gems & Jewelry Arts last week, I pulled out this ring and thought to myself “Wow, that’s a big citrine” – only to discover that, of course, it’s a golden beryl. More specifically, a 75ct. golden beryl flanked by more beryl, of the aquamarine variety. Also in the package was this lovely chrome tourmaline pendant that would be incredible for a holiday party, IMO.

I always shoot Joe De Bella’s stuff on a white background (my favorite), then render it onto a more ivory/beige background (his favorite) to go up on his website. He also uses the photos in a slideshow which plays on the TV in his boutique after hours. As with all my clients, I store Joe’s photos on a shared Dropbox folder, which his graphic designer also has access to. And because the photos are already clipped (in other words, the piece is digitally separated from its background), the designer can easily use them on any color or background of ad that he’s working on.

Bands With A Twist

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It’s been a busy few months in the studio, but I’m hoping to get caught up on my recent project posts soon! This one was for JoTal, eternity band manufacturer here in San Diego. The owner brought over a dozen samples and we pulled out the pieces for this shoot. See a couple of the images above.

Because JoTal is carried by retailers around the country, I make sure that the images I provide are not too tightly cropped (I did crop them for this post) so that his clients can size them to fit their website.

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There’s something lovely about cuff links, right? I used to think of cuff links as the male equivalent of brooches: a timeless classic, but one that sort of got benched as we’ve become more casual as a society. Well, I’m happy to say that opinion has completely changed, as I’ve had the chance to shoot several pairs of cuff links from different jewelers just in 2015.

These are from Ann Elizabeth Jewelry, and the use of color with clean, masculine metalwork is wonderful. The designer/founder of the company is no stranger to gemology, and I especially love her use of that gorgeous chrysoprase with rubies set in the center.

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