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AVENUE: Three of today’s biggest names in jewelry partner with Diamond Foundry and Barneys

Luxury Magazine AVENUE (“Affluence Meets Influence”) writes: “Diamond Foundry has announced a new partnership with New York’s iconic department store to present a capsule collection of limited-editions with three of today’s biggest names in jewelry.” “This collection marks the first time a retailer has collaborated with a cultivated diamond company. (What took so long?)” “Working…

The Best Diamond Shapes: Marquise Cut Diamond

The marquise cut diamond is named for the Marquise de Pompadour, the official chief mistress of King Louis XV from 1745 until her death. Known for her charm and wit, the King also lauded her physical beauty and “perfect mouth.” He commissioned a diamond cut with two sharp points on either end to mimic her lips. Strengths…

Our Master Artisans and Designers

Diamond Foundry features bespoke pieces of fine jewelry from master artisans and designers from around the world. We celebrate artists and promote new and innovative design while seizing the opportunity to preserve tried-and-true art forms that are disappearing from the industry. We craft zero carbon footprint diamonds. Our master artisans and designers are committed to…

Connecting over Chai with Madhuri Parson

Madhuri Parson spent her teenage summers in Jaipur, where her grandfather, a fifth generation Indian karigar, taught her the art and business of jewelry making. She remembers watching him create beautiful pieces out of high karat gold foil, and taking trips to the city to source vibrant gemstones, specifically, emeralds, which he would later export…

Handcrafted jewelry designed and crafted in California by Zaven

“I was always creative when I was younger,” says independent jewelry designer Zaven Dedeian at his factory in Burbank, California. “I drew my first sketch at eight years old and showed my dad. He really liked the sketch and decided to craft a piece of jewelry based on my sketch. It was a tiger’s head…

A New Kind of Eco Jewelry for Eco Diamonds From Christine Guibara

Imagine this: two figures, both dressed in head-to-toe protective heat gear, pouring molten metal into an iron bucket. Are they engineers? Blacksmiths? Sculptors? Not exactly. For Christine Guibara, an independent jewelry designer from Northern California, this is just another day at the office. “When I was at Revere Academy, we learned how to make casting…

4 Independent Jewelry Designers from California to Watch

I don’t know what it is about California that draws such world-class independent jewelry designers. Is it the sun? The surf? The organic produce? Whatever the reason, California based engagement ring designers are crafting some of the most beautiful, eco-conscious, ethically sourced and unique rings in the industry. They’re reimaging old conventions with designs that…

Designer Profile: Ashley Morgan Designs

  In 2005, Ashley Berman had just returned from a six-week tour of India when she launched her first jewelry collection. The temples she had visited in Goa, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi were fresh in her mind, and the Hindu and Buddhist symbols she saw were fascinating. The visual landscape from her travels inspired her…

Designer Profile: Christine Guibara

  Christine Guibara grew up around metal. She remembers helping her father Albert, a bronze sculptor, pour and weld metal. She spent days in his foundry in Burlingame, California, where he made whimsical large-scale installations of animals, automobiles, and people with lanky limbs. So perhaps it wasn’t a coincidence that her first experiments in making…

Designer Profile: RedStart

  When Amanda Sather was 23 years old, she found herself in Valenza, a small town in the northwest Italy, pleading with the administrator of a local high school. She had arrived in a region renowned for its jewelers and goldsmith, a town “where everyone wants to be a jeweler,” as she tells it now,…

Designer Profile: Sharon Zimmerman

  Recently, a woman came to Sharon Zimmerman with a problem: the lady was an avid knitter, but her engagement ring made it difficult for her to knit. The ring had a six-pronged setting, and the prongs would catch on yarn—so frequently, in fact, that she had accidently snapped off three of the prongs. Sharon…

New Designer: Jennifer Dawes Design

Jennifer Dawes launched her collection Jennifer Dawes Design in 2000 and has since evolved to become one of the main proponents of sustainably responsible jewelry while also creating pieces that are magical to wear. Each piece combines her love of ancient civilizations with what is happening right now in culture and design.  All her work…

Storytelling and Jewelry Making with the Women of Redstart Design

The women at Redstart are into stories. “I think that fundamentally an engagement ring or a wedding band is a symbol,” says Amanda Knox Sather, co-creator of the San Francisco based design company. “It seems pretty logical that you’d want to include content in the item that references your relationship.” Sather, along with her design…

Promoting Green Design Principles With Jennifer Dawes Design

“I feel like I’m one of the luckiest people on the planet because I get to make beautiful things for people that appreciate them, and I can actually make a living doing what I love,” says Jennifer Dawes from her studio in Sonoma County, California. “I had a transcendental experience on the first day of…

5 Vintage Victorian Rings

When women say that they want vintage jewelry, they usually mean Victorian. If you go much earlier, then you get stuck with absurdly heavy brooches and bangles that really only makes sense in a fresco painting. Victorian jewelry is great because it’s elegant, fashionable and wearable. It was designed to be worn by the masses, rather…

5 Vintage Art Nouveau Rings

My grandmother wore a spectacular Art Nouveau engagement ring. She also traveled the world, collected African masks, gifted The Feminine Mystique to her granddaughters, and carried $2 of “fuck you” money in her purse on dates (to pay for her meal if she wanted to leave early). I always suspected that people with idiotic political…

New Designer: Claudia Endler Designs

Claudia is an award winning jewelry designer, whose love of art, architecture culminated in the launch of Claudia Endler Designs in 1999.  Her designs occupy the private collections of some of Los Angeles’ top cultural leaders, including museum curators, architects, gallery directors, artists, and other jewelry designers. Claudia Endler derives inspiration from a variety of…

Creating Custom Rings From Award-Winning Independent Jewelry Designers

All of the pieces found in the Diamond Foundry Designer Collective are handmade to order from our collective of independent jewelry designers. If you find something that inspires you and want to give it a personal touch to make it undeniably yours, simply let us know and our jewelry expert will connect you directly with…

New Designer: Ashley Morgan Designs

Located in the heart of San Francisco, Ashley Morgan Designs studio was started by artist and goldsmith Ashley Berman. Ashley leverages traditional techniques to ensure that all of her unique designs reflect the beauty and confidence of the people they adorn.  For Ashley, each piece of jewelry tells a story; it serves to remind its owner…

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