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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

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

Zadok Jewelers’ Grand Wedding Band Event THIS WEEKEND

Wedding Bands Galore at Zadok Jewelers

Wedding Bands Galore at Zadok Jewelers!

Photos: Zadok Jewelers

An engagement ring may mark the beginning of your lifelong journey together. But your wedding bands will represent the moment you both say “I do” to the bond of marriage. So do yourself a favor and make sure you choose the ring you can’t wait for your love to slip on your finger…and show off for years to come.

Would a delicate, diamond-encrusted wedding ring complement your classic diamond solitaire? Or perhaps you’re drawn to simple yellow gold, while your sweetheart favors polished titanium in gunmetal gray. The beauty of picking out wedding bands? You both get to choose! Whatever your band style, the experts at Zadok Jewelers understand that your wedding ring is THE single most important piece of jewelry you and your beloved will ever own, and they are devoted to helping you find the perfect set of rings to symbolize your unbreakable bond. Which is why you’ll want to take our word for it on this one: Make time to to attend Zadok’s Grand Wedding Band Event this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, featuring more than 20 of the world’s best wedding ring designers, including Tacori, Artcarved, JB Star and more! On top of THAT, longtime Weddings in Houston partner Bering’s will be raffling off two 20-ounce Yeti Ramblers, up for grabs at the event. Umm…yes, please! Get all the deets here.

Join Zadok Jewelers this Friday-Sunday, February 19-21 for a sparkling look at Zadok’s exquisite collection of wedding rings. RSVP online and prepare yourself for WOW. Is it Friday yet? We’re counting down the days…

New Tacori Engagement Rings at Zadok Jewelers THIS WEEK!

A Dazzling Ring-Shopping Experience with Zadok Jewelers

Photos: Tacori

As a new bride- or groom-to-be, the engagement ring you choose will be the first tangible symbol of love you share with your beloved. And it will be the one piece of jewelry that you value above all others, forever. Whether you’re looking for a dazzling multi-carat diamond or a simple rose gold band, the team at Zadok Jewelers will make sure that you not only adore your precious heirloom, but that–just like your marriage–it will last forever. With more than 35 years of experience in the jewelry industry, this family-owned business knows an exceptional-quality gem when they see one, and they want you to have the very best your money can buy.

This week is the perfect time to plan your Zadok visit. On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, Zadok hosts its All Tacori Trunk Show, featuring a stunning selection of handcrafted bridal pieces, including 500 additional rings flown in from Tacori’s Los Angeles studio just for the occasion! Plus, during this two-day event, Zadok is offering special financing terms, and up to $500 in gift cards with qualified purchases (some restrictions apply). Drop in to Zadok, delve into engagement diamonds, and be DAZZLED. Call 713.960.8950 for more info!

Modern Vintage Bridal and Special Occasion Jewelry

From tiny flower vases to massive crystal cuffs, modern bridal jewelry is a heady mix of vintage inspiration and ingenious innovation!

Finishing Touches: Jewelry For Her

1. Fleurings Large Gold Pendant Vase ~ Fleurings 2. Ben-Amun Pearl & Crystal Fan Earrings ~ Shopbop 3. Erica Courtney Fire Opal Earrings ~ Judith Ann Jewelers Houston 4. Mrs. B Collection Pearl Necklace & Earrings ~ Mrs. B 5. Ben-Amun Belle Epoque Hand Bracelet and Deco Pendant ~ Shopbop 6. Shourouk Apolonia Pearl Necklace in Chalk ~ Shourouk 7. Ben-Amun Baguette & Pearl Necklace ~ Shopbop 8. Bijuju Bridal Bar Drape Me Over You Necklace Set ~ Bijuju ~ 9. Samantha Wills Precious Dreamers Cuff in Silver ~ Samantha Wills