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DEAR ABBY

ABBY WEIGHS IN ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT, PROPOSAL, RELATIONSHIP, & CUSTOM JEWELRY QUESTIONS

Unsure what to do with the heirloom stones your grandmother just gave you? Wondering if you should invest in custom? Seeking guidance on how to pull off the world’s most mind-blowing proposal with the engagement ring of her dreams? Abby’s here to help.

When people find their way to our custom jewelry studio doorstep, they’ve usually reached one of life’s crossroads. Abby Sparks, our fearless leader and custom jewelry guru, is here to answer the tough questions that accompany your big decisions. From designing custom jewelry to unique proposal ideas to relationship advice, Abby will shine a woman’s no-bones-about-it insight on it all.  As owner and creative director at Abby Sparks Jewelry, Abby has spent years designing fine jewelry, speaking with clients and couples on what makes their story unique, and assisting them in turning that story into their dream engagement ring. Never afraid to give her honest opinion, Abby has helped many clients navigate through the best moments of their life.  She knows what women want and has more than one thing to say about the finer things in life. For more information on Abby and the start of her small business, visit our About page.

“…I don’t want to get her the wrong gift”

Dear Abby,

My girlfriend has a pair of separate “orphaned” earrings that were given to her by her grandmother. I think it would be a nice birthday present to make them into a pendant but she has what I’d call particular taste and I don’t want to mess up the design. I’d love to just let her come to you but that seems like a lame surprise? Please help.

Sincerely,

Amazing Boyfriend

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Dear Amazing Boyfriend,

Wow, you haven’t even put a ring on it yet and you want to gift her a custom, heirloom necklace- she’s a lucky lady and you’re indeed an amazing boyfriend! Good for you for knowing that your lady is particular and that you shouldn’t tackle such a special gift without her valuable input. In order to make sure that you’ve nailed this gift, get her involved for sure. Typically, for clients in your precise situation (they want to surprise their lady but they wouldn’t dare tackle design direction without her) I recommend maintaining the ‘surprise’ element by talking with us beforehand about high level project requirements and budget, and then book an appointment for a consultation with yours truly. Take her to drinks beforehand and then make the consultation with me the ultimate surprise! You bring her into my office (sneak her heirloom orphaned earrings into our meeting) and you spill the beans at the meeting about her new necklace that she gets to work one-on-one with me to design and make. She’s blown away by your gift so you’re the genius man and her knight in white. You’re allowing her to get exactly what she wants, and you pick up the tab! Everyone is happy. :) Hope this helps.

Sincerely,

Abby

 

“…Great diamond, but bad juju?”

Dear Abby,

I’ve been holding on to the diamond ring my ex-husband gave me for years. I’d love to use it to make something for myself because I work my butt off and it’s a damn good diamond, but I haven’t been able to bring myself to do it. Call me superstitious, but I’m worried if I wear that diamond it’s going to attract the same kind of trouble as my marriage. Any advice?

Sincerely,

Boss Lady Who’s Ready To Move On

 

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Dear Boss Lady,

When a diamond comes into your life, I say rock that rock. Yeah, your marriage might not have been the best, but I can imagine that you wouldn’t be the badass woman that you are today without your takeaways and lessons from said marriage. Some things that help define us are worthy of a lifetime, yet others are merely part of our journey. Celebrate what makes you ‘you’ and bring in that diamond so that we can upcycle it into a fabulous pendant or even find a match for some rockin’, lifetime stud earrings. We’ll smudge some sage over your rock and send the setting to the metal gods for recycling. The Liz Earrings, The Jessica Necklace, and The Laura Pendant are just some from-the-ex transformations that we’ve done in the past. Let’s make you something that you can proudly rock in a completely new, anti-ring finger way. If you’ve got it, flaunt it!

Sincerely,

Abby