I recently got the chance to work with Allison Neumann, of Allison Neumann Studio, for the first time. Allison creates beautiful fine jewelry combining 18K and 22K gold with rough sapphires from Montana. Contrasting soft matte with high polished finishes, her pieces are feminine without being too “done.” We did all of her images on a white background, allowing the richness of the metal and stones to steal the show.



I love-love-love Carolyn Morris Bach‘s jewelry. Love.

Carolyn found me earlier this summer and sent over these pieces for our first photo shoot together. I love when jewelers are able to blur the line between jewelry and art, and Carolyn definitely is both a jeweler and an artist. She uses various materials and finishes to create these stunning pieces, and the result is really wonderful. Having previously stuck with black gradient backgrounds, she wanted to try white background images with me and we were both really happy with the results. The shapes, color contrast, and textures really pop nicely against a blank slate.

French Cut Custom


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I had an awesome time working with Ann Elizabeth Jewelry over the past week. Ann is a talented designer and gemologist with a clear inclination for well crafted, heirloom quality jewelry. She will be debuting new designs, including those of the colored stone and non-bridal variety, in the near future. The lovely pieces she brought me for our first time doing business together included a halo style engagement ring with a cushion center and braided sides, as well as a radiant center engagement ring with a matching eternity band, all in a beautiful French cut setting style, and all hot off the bench.

The Ann Elizabeth Jewelry website is still being built, but if you want to get in touch with her, email me and I’ll connect you with this fantastic designer.

Bands Bands Bands

Over the past few days I got a chance to work with a new client: wholesale eternity band company, JoTal, based in San Diego. The owner, Paul, stopped by the studio to drop off a few of his new eternity band styles, including four prong, shared prong, micro pavé, etc. I shot the bands individually for Paul to use on his website and catalog, and here I quickly put together a grouping in Photoshop to show several of the styles together.

Competition Photography




One of the hazards of working with a photographer who is also a gemologist is that she may actually weep upon seeing pieces like this. 122ctw of multi colored tourmaline in this incredible necklace, a 25ct crystal clear aquamarine, and a 17mm pearl ring with diamonds set everywhere diamonds can be set…it’s hard to choose a favorite. (Jk, it’s the aqua. This photo set unfortunately does not show just how huge it really is on the hand).

At any rate, gem ace Joe De Bella of DeBella Fine Gems & Jewelry Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico killed it with these designs. It’s always a pleasure shooting the incredible, often untreated, colored gems he sends my way, and these were particularly exciting as the images will represent his pieces in a design competition entry. Good luck, Joe!