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Ring Design Q&A With Marco Gutierrez Jr. Of Eklektic Jewelry Studio

Your love is unlike any other. Which is why Eklektic Jewelry Studio creates wedding jewelry unlike anything else you’ll see. In this exclusive Houston Wedding Blog Q&A, we chat with Eklektic founder Marco Gutierrez Jr., who grew up “running around and getting in trouble” in his grandparents’ jewelry workshop—and who now works side by side with to-be-weds to create the jewelry of their dreams, in his very own studio. If you’re thinking of going custom with your wedding jewelry, you’ll want to read every word.

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Photos: Courtesy of Eklektic Jewelry Studio

Houston Wedding Blog: What is your jewelry design background?

Marco Gutierrez Jr.: I grew up in the jewelry industry, and started Eklektic Jewelry Studio in 1999 in Rice Village. Just out of architecture school, I wanted to establish my own business that would combine my passion for jewelry and my love of architecture. Every design I ever made in architecture school had a “jewel-like” element.

Everything we do stems from our passion for making jewelry. All of our jewelers have been personally trained by my father and myself in the art of making jewelry. Unlike most other jewelers, we are actively involved in the process of making jewelry and we passionately invest in learning new techniques.

HWB: Take us through the process of designing a custom engagement ring or wedding band. What are the steps, and how long does it typically take?

MGJ: We believe in making jewelry for a lifetime. We truly believe an engagement ring is the most important part of a couple’s history and legacy.

We approach design in a very personal way. We talk to our clients in a casual conversation about things that are not related to jewelry. I feel this helps me get a feel for what our clients like and dislike, as well as a direction on their style.  After our initial conversation, we start determining things like colors, materials and budget.

This is when I start brainstorming and creating three completely different computer renderings of what I think the design could be. Usually most clients tend to lean toward a particular style out of the three, or in some cases a combination of two of them. Once the style is chosen, we start detailing the design by adding or removing elements such as the center stone.

Once we are happy with the design, we use one of our 3D printers to print out the model. This takes anywhere from four to eight hours depending on the complexity of the design. This 3D-printed model allows us to see the scale and proportions as they will be in the final piece. It is probably the most important part before finalizing the process prior to starting the work in metal.

Then we prepare the final 3D model for casting. Once the piece is cast in the metal of choice, the bench work starts: filing, detailing, laser correction, polishing, setting of stones, and polishing. All of which is done right here in our studio. The entire process from start to finish can take up to six weeks.

HWB: What is your advice to couples for selecting the perfect engagement diamond?

MGJ: We encourage them to learn as much as possible about diamonds, especially the 4 C’s (carat, color, clarity and cut), and sometimes the origin of the diamond. For inspiration, we always recommend that our clients look at luxury jewelry houses. Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and Tiffany are some of the most common.

Lastly, the money spent on a ring should feel comfortable. Engagement jewelry marks a point in your personal history and it has to be able to reflect that part of your life. We don’t believe it is about a certain dollar amount, but instead it is about a certain feeling in the creation of your ring.

HWB: What would you tell a potential customer who is intrigued by the idea of a custom engagement ring…but concerned about veering away from tradition?

MGJ: Custom is not for everyone. Having your jewelry custom-made means you will have an amazing one-of-a-kind piece that tells your unique story. It’s a conversation-starter in many cases. We provide a lifetime of complimentary maintenance and polishing for your ring, because we love the piece we made for you and want to make sure it’s properly maintained. Every visit is a grand celebration and every client makes a big difference in our lives.

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Photos: Courtesy of Eklektic Jewelery Studio

To Do TODAY: Simon G. Pop-Up Event at Zadok Jewelers!

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Photos: Courtesy of Simon G.

Got a little time open in your schedule today…and a little hankering to check out some of the world’s most gorgeous diamond engagement rings, as we head into the holiday proposal season? Schedule your appointment now for Zadok Jewelers’ newly added Simon G. Pop-Up Event, from noon to 8 p.m., where you’ll get to try on dazzling new styles and chat one-on-one with one of Zadok’s GIA-certified gemologists, in search of your perfect wedding ring.

Email Zadok or call 713.960.8950 NOW to make a date with your diamond destiny!

 

7 Classic Pieces to Help Start Your Heirloom Jewelry Collection

Whether you start with classic pearl earrings or a dazzling diamond pendant, building an heirloom jewelry collection is not about instant gratification; it happens over time. And the best time to start is with your wedding! We turned to our Houston jewelers for some iconic pieces to cherish for eternity—and they came back to us with pure, shimmering perfection. Happy shopping, darlings!

Luster & Legacy

Mikimoto Pearl Necklace: Zadok Jewelers | Nazarelle White Gold, Alexandrite & Diamond Ring: Nazar’s Fine Jewelry | Simon G. Rose & White Gold Pendant: Shannon Fine Jewelry | Penny Preville White Gold Deco Band: Donoho’s Jewellers | Chopard Rose Gold, Stainless Steel & Diamond Watch: Zadok Jewelers | Jude Frances “Provence” Diamond, Rose Quartz & White Gold Earrings: Loggins Jewelers | Custom “Charlize” Gold & Diamond Engagement Ring: Eklektic Jewelry Studio

2016 Bridal Jewelry Trend: Chandelier Earrings

Sparkle and shine with our Editor’s Picks for this year’s most coveted chandelier earrings. P.S. You can try on your fave gems at local Houston jewelers!

 2016 Bridal Jewelry Trend: Chandelier Earrings

1. Penny Preville Diamond & Pearl Earrings: Donoho’s Jewellers 2. Rose Cut & Round Diamond Chandelier Earrings: Zadok Jewelers 3. Pear Shaped Diamond Drop Earrings: Zadok Jewelers 4. Sapphire & Diamond Earrings: Peran & Scannell 5. Penny Preville Diamond Earrings: Donoho’s Jewellers 6. Casa Reale 18K Yellow Gold & White Diamond Earrings: Peran & Scannell 7. Diamond Deco Earrings: Zadok Jewelers 8. Diamond & Rose Gold Drop Earrings: Zadok Jewelers

Get Inspired: Classic Wedding Style

Coco Chanel said it best, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” This is so true—especially when it comes to our lovely Houston brides, who always look elegant. Inspired by our local brides, we picked out a collection of key pieces you’ll need to achieve a timeless, elegant look, including a chic ivory Monique Lhuillier gown, a bow clutch and a pair of sparkly Louboutins. Sounds lovely, right? You can get your hands on these fab items at fine local Houston fashion retailers. Happy shopping, xo!

Classic Wedding Style

1. Monique Lhuillier Aubrey Gown: Monique Lhuillier 2. Alexis Bittar Encrusted Pearl Drop Earring: Alexis Bittar 3. Simon G. Passion Collection White Gold Engagement Ring: Shannon Fine Jewelry 4. Christian Louboutin Patinana Open Toe Pump: Nordstrom 5. Kate Spade Wedding Belles Lucinda Clutch: Kate Spade 6. Golden Floral Cake: The Pastry Studio