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What to do with gemstones you've had for years

posted on Sunday, May 15th, 2016

You've inherited diamonds or found a beautiful stone on vacation.  Maybe you have old jewelry you don't wear any more.  What should you do with them?  Why not bring them into my studio so we can create something together.  I'm always up for the challenge of creating pieces that you can enjoy everyday.  

Here is just such a project I worked on recently.

 

"I'd like to put my engagement diamond and my mother's in the same piece"

The rings themselves were well worn down from many years of wear, and the diamonds were old mine cut stones...... a nice size and well worth saving. She wanted the diamonds together in one piece and wasn't particularly interested in a ring.   This is what we made in 18K yellow gold

"....I also have my Mom's anniversary band?"


As a designer, I love creating pieces that work together.  To this end, I suggested making another cuff.  This one, also in 18K yellow gold, can be worn with the cuff above.

"My family inherited a group of rings no one wears. Can we do something with them too?"

The cuff on the top of this stack was created in 18k white gold.  Five diamonds from various rings were brought together to create a "bouquet" that would finish off the bracelet group.  This is the end result: cuffs that could be worn individually or in a group.  

After we completed the project, Wendy sent me this lovely testimonial:-

"I looked for two years after my mother passed to find a design in which I could incorporate the stones from some of her personal jewelry, but with no luck -- and then I discovered Ayesha!   Her design vision is simply the best, she is a delight to collaborate with, and the quality of her work is superb -- of the highest order.   I wear one or more of the bracelets every day, and each serves as a visible reminder of my mother's loving presence in my life."   ---Wendy D, Customer

A Journey to Brazil

posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Difficult to say precisely from what source inspiration arrives. This complicated algorithm is not easily measured, but it is easy to imagine the heart, the mind and the eye as fully inspired by journeys taken off the beaten path and to foreign countries where the culture inspires us to reimagine accustomed ways of doing, seeing and experiencing. This 2 minute video tracks my recent Journey to Brazil. The size of the country and thus the size of the experience makes for a tale that is not easy to tell. The journey starts in the architect, Oscar Niemeyer, inspired capital city of Brasilia then continues south to the colonial city of Pirenopolis and concludes with the more visually complicated city of Rio de Janiero. Much like the method we use to intake impressions, the video jumps around in a non linear style to form a total  impression of a very large and inspired journey. 


The Making of the Gold Bouquet Ring

posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

 A close up look at the making of an Ayesha Studio perennial favorite, The Gold Bouquet Ring. 

Ayesha on Pearls

posted on Friday, December 5th, 2014

Ayesha reveals her love of Pearls especially those of the Baroque variety which possess the hidden quality of imperfection.

Ayesha Studio Jewelry-In her own Words

posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

A brief history of Ayesha Studio Gallery narrated by Ayesha herself. The short film describes her process, her artistic development and takes the viewer into her studio in Englewood, NJ.

Ayesha .925

posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Jeweler/Designer Ayesha Mayadas reflects upon her inspiration in developing a new line of Sterling Silver jewelry. She touches on how this new direction has created interesting design options relative to working with silver's unique qualities and more modest cost.

Ayesha Mayadas Ring Stacks

posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Ayesha narrates a one minute piece about her signature ring stacks.

Ayesha Studio Montage

posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

A "best of" montage of Ayesha Studio jewelry featuring Ms. Chantal Simmons as our model.

Pieces shown in these photos include the Small Autumn Leaves Earrings with Baroque Pearls, the new 925 Sterling Silver Collection of bracelets and a variety of Ayesha's necklaces.

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