Category Archives: Custom-made

How to choose a diamond and build an engagement ring

How to choose a diamond and build an engagement ring

Below are some things to think about when starting to shop for an engagement ring:

  1. What shape diamond does your fiance want?
  2. What size and quality stone are you looking for?
  3. What is your budget?
  4. What style ring (check her pinterest page or we can help)?
  5. What is your girlfriends ring size?
  6. Do you have a trusted guide?

We thought it might be helpful to take you through an example process…

First, Ben meets with client and talks through the above questions. Once they have a good idea of what shape stone and size Ben sets up a second meeting to look at 2-3 stones. This is important because, unlike an online option you can see the stone before you make a purchase! Once the stone has been purchased, the fun begins. Design sometimes entails a computer rendering or a building of a wax…soon enough you have a custom-made engagement ring!

She Said “Yes!”

She Said “Yes!”

We love helping clients find the perfect stone and create a custom-made engagement ring. Over the last three years, we have been collecting clients engagement photos in a series called, “She said yes!” Some of the photos are at the moment of engagement and others are slightly after. If we could bottle the excitement and… Continue Reading

A story of reinvention: One Emerald Bracelet becomes Five Emerald Rings

A story of reinvention: One Emerald Bracelet becomes Five Emerald Rings

Our client Cheri was kind enough to share her story of reinventing her Mom’s emerald bracelet below: “My Mom always wanted an emerald and somewhere after her 4th child was born Dad decided it was time to give her ..her first “service stripe” (the emerald bracelet) for a job well done. Because it is my… Continue Reading

Ben Shemano Jewelry Wins The J.’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Jeweler!

Ben Shemano Jewelry Wins The J.’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Jeweler!

Here’s what they said, “If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then these Bay Area jewelers must be her favorite place to hang out. From custom designs to vintage finds, these jewelers bring the sparkle. Ben Shemano is a San Francisco estate and custom jewelry dealer, specializing in buying and selling jewelry, watches, diamonds and… Continue Reading

Custom-made: An Anniversary Gift

A customer wanted a special ruby for a pendant as an anniversary gift. We found this over 5 carat oval beauty and set it as the customer wished in two rows of diamonds set with U prongs. We were very happy with the result, and more importantly the customers both loved it. By the way,… Continue Reading