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resize the bling

One day, I woke up to realize this.

sorry to let you see this.

sorry to let you guys see this 

That is my wedding band on my finger. I am now getting fatter! Yikes.

While I was not that bothered about getting a bit fat, I was real sad that I cannot wear my wedding band. I love my bling of course and I wouldn’t want to remove it. What was I to do?

Get my band resized! ASAP.

So, off we went to see our church mate Atchie Helen -who has a jewelry shop and also the one who made our wedding rings. *For those asking: Atchie means sister in Chinese.

We gave her our rings. Mine to be re-sized a size bigger, Kei had his ring cleaned. And because she made our rings, our re-size is free! Thank you so much! 

*But just to make it clear, she also does a re-size for rings that are not made by her for a fee. 

Then the stones of my wedding ring was counted, then the ring was weighted – all of that was recorded. -She explains to us that when the ring comes back they would check it for the stones and the weight – ensuring that there is no switching or getting a lesser gold/value. She is thorough, careful and clear like that. So, you can rest easy that you are not going to be deceived!

Next, I also asked her to create a ring for me. Gave her my tiny sapphire and a peg of what I wanted.

remember this? my tiny sapphire is about to be made into a ring!

remember this? my tiny sapphire is about to be made into a ring!

I was honestly worried that my sapphire is too small but contrary to what I fear, Atchie Helen told me that it would do well and is actually a big stone for the design I wanted. To compensate, she will make the whole design bigger. Atchie Helen then helped me with picking out the metal, we opted to make the ring in 14K rose gold (to contrast the blue color-14K gives a pink tint I wanted, going with 18k would give it a deep saturated pink that I did not like) with white gold bezel to clearly show off the navy blue of the sapphire. I appreciated this part as if it were all up to me, I wouldn’t have thought of all that. She even educated me about jewelry and jewelry design in the process. Awesome. 

The price of my made to order ring? The original peg has a price of almost 40K. 14K rose gold and a (smaller) sapphire. (*the peg was a British design hence, the huge price tag.) With all the customization and enlargement of the design, Atchie Helen gave us a price below 15k. Sure I have my own stone but, that was a huge price difference. *Even if you cut the price of the peg into half, the quoted price was still way more affordable! 

Then after a few weeks, we got a message from her telling us that our rings are ready to be picked up! Euphoria!!! 

I was excited to go get my rings and see her and also go to her new shop at Ongpin! I have been waiting for this! 

I could stay here all day!

I could stay here all day! 

We arrived to see this. I really dig the look of her shop! Bright, modern and it has the space a lot of jewelry stores lack. 

Full house. That is Atchie Helen, the one wearing glasses.

Full house. That is Atchie Helen, the one wearing glasses.

This is a normal scene at her shop. After all Atchie Helen gives the best price and the best quality. She is comes from a family of jewelers (her dad and grandpa are jewelers too) and very much knowledgeable in precious metals and colored stones, but her expertise is actually diamonds. She designs the pieces she sells and can do made to order pieces!

The shop carries jewelry for just about everyone, young and old, male and female. Necklace, bracelet, rings, earrings, pendants, pearls, gemstones, diamonds and even corals for babies! There are also statement pieces and sets that doubles as a good investment for the future.

Unlike other jewelry stores that feels so stuffy, so uptight and judgmental… more so, once you told them what your budget is. Here they ask you what you are looking for and what your budget is. Giving you all the options they have to match/maximize your budget. Sometimes if it is permissible, even give a discount instantly to help you get what you like! #nojudgment

*So guys if you are looking for engagement rings, you know who to look for. She can very much find you a diamond within your budget. Just show her your peg and you will be amazed at her selection! There are also colored stones that look absolutely pretty! Trust me. She even accepts repairs and  re-fashioning of old jewelry into modern settings.

After all that gushing, here is the big reveal! Here is our wedding rings!-Mine is re-sized and Kei’s was cleaned.

oh shiny!

oh shiny! looking brand new

Looking good, even better when worn. The photo does not do justice to the brilliance of the ring.

Feeling like a hand model. perfect fit! 

Feeling like a hand model. finally a perfect fit!

Just beautiful. Comfortable too! Now, on to the next ring!

Wow! I said that aloud when I saw the final product of my made to order ring.

absolutely in love with my new ring!

absolutely in love with my new ring! -14K rose gold ring with blue sapphire in white gold bezel

It was bigger and better than what I expected it to be!

And because I am pretentious, I stacked them together. #feelingrich #fancy

stacked rings #fancy

stacked rings #fancy

It looks good together but admittedly a bit much. hahahaha!

So I will be wearing the wedding band on my left hand and the sapphire ring on my right.

Before we leave the shop, we requested to have a photo with Atchie Helen.

meet our favorite jeweler Helen!

meet our favorite jeweler Helen! 

And because we visited her new shop and is considered as “friends of the shop”, she gave us a small gift!

here is our bunny modeling our gift

here is our bunny modeling the fan -that was given to us as gift with purchase

How apt! We are huge fans of her wearable artwork and investment pieces.

Till the next time! 

Just leaving Atchie Helen’s Contact details here in case you guys need it. Her shop is easy to look for! Its just across Mañosa Restaurant!hdr

Check out more of her creations on Facebook!

*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on my own experience. This is not a sponsored post.

**Mention that you are a reader of Pam & Kei’s blog and you would be sure to get a good price.

 

 

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seeing blue

Kei accopanied me stroll around Greenhills to look for someone who could restring my (mother’s side) grandma’s pearls. After a short while we got someone willing to restring and add a few more pearls for a fee. Search is over.

To pass the time we found ourselves looking at all the loose multicolored gemstones displayed on the glass cases. No plans on buying. Just window shopping.

Then we got curious. Asked prices of their ready to wear jewelry, the price is actually reasonable. Then we turned to ask about the loose gemstones in the glass cases. They sell it by piece, then you get a “latero” (Filipino/Philippine term for jewelry maker) to set the stone for you.

I asked for a blue sapphire. They offered me a lot!

Pretty huge ones that reminds me of Kate Middleton’s ring. Best of all, you can haggle. Just wow.

Kate Middleton photo from www.marieclaire.co.uk

Kate Middleton photo from http://www.marieclaire.co.uk

*Just in case you are curious, there is an abundance of Kate Middleton’s ring look alike/s there!

I told them I wanted a small round one. To be made into an everyday ring I could wear without the fear of losing my engagement ring. I was given a lot of options. They were actually convincing me to go with a bigger stone! But no, that would look tacky on me. Think granny-ish. No offense to the grandmas out there, I just think it’s still not age appropriate for me to wear a huge rock.

 

Something like this. Stephen Einhorn "love" ring photo from the internet

Something like this.
Stephen Einhorn “love” ring photo from the internet

There are natural sapphires (pricier/differs in color/may have inclusions), and lab created (cheaper/looks perfect) ones, in all sorts of colors. All huge, by that I mean as big as a thumbnail, should that be too small for your liking they also have bigger stones as big as a thumb. I insisted that I wanted a small natural one. So they handed me a melee of natural blue sapphires (from India) to choose from. There were hearts, rounds, ovals, square, baguettes…etc. and in different shades of blue. It was overwhelming.

melee sapphires

melee sapphires (photo from the internet, we don’t have an actual photo of the melee we chose from)

Kei helped me choose what to get from the melee. While I really tried to remember how my Grandmother’s (from the father’s side this time) sapphires look. When she was still with us, she taught me to look for good color, vividness of the stone, she always says gemstones must always look “alive”. Unlike my mother’s side grandma, my father’s side grandma collects gemstones.

shades of sapphires

shades of sapphires

The best color is royal blue. The least valued is the black blue color.

And also look at the stone clarity. Must be eye clean at least and clear for light to pass through it and make the stone “alive”.

Sapphire Clarity

stone clarity

In the end, we picked out a natural royal blue sapphire, vivid and I believe very good clarity!

Not a huge one of course, it’s actually pretty small.  Its extremely hard to get the color right in the photo, it looks dark here, but it is a royal blue color. Sorry, this was my best shot.

My own sapphire with a one Philippine peso to scale. With the calling card of the stall.

My own sapphire with a one Philippine peso to scale, along with the calling card of the stall.

But it’s a pretty stone nonetheless; even the shopkeepers told us that we got the best one in the pile.

Even the shop owner validated that we did get a good one.

I am pretty sure we will go back here someday.

 

*They have sapphires in other colors too.

**they also have other gemstones like rubies, emeralds, spinels, tanzanite, jade…etc

***All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post, We paid for this (from) our own pocket.