A PERSONAL JEWELRY GIFT FOR THE ONE YOU LOVE

A PERSONAL JEWELRY GIFT FOR THE ONE YOU LOVE

Jim approached us to make diamond earrings for Sandy to celebrate the big 60. Jim is a stone cutter/faceter so we started the design by meeting with him to look over his stash of cut and loose stones. He was prepared to cut something new for this special occasion. He had to be really careful to meet with us when Sandy thought he was somewhere else because she is clever and therefore attentive to his coming and going from home. 

Ruby Platinum and Diamond Earrings

Ruby Platinum and Diamond Earrings

When we started these earrings we were sure that David, DGG, would appreciate their simplicity, making the rubies the stars. His stones are particularly beautiful. They are clean, bright and beautifully cut. After the drawing was approved we threw it into CAD so we could size the design precisely to his stones.

Butterfly Earrings, Butterfly Pendant, Butterfly Brooch

Butterfly Earrings, Butterfly Pendant, Butterfly Brooch

For the Gregore and Jennifer-Rabe jewelry workshop in Santa Barbara, butterflies and moths  are primarily a thing of beauty, their delicate form  elicits images of gardens, mesmerizing movement and exquisite color. There are thousands of species, that vary greatly in size, and color, colors  that shimmer and glow in the presence of light.

Santa Barbara Jeweler Gregore Morin Wins International Design Award

Santa Barbara Jeweler Gregore Morin Wins International Design Award

Santa Barbara, California, Jewelry Designer Gregore Morin has won his 19th American Gem Trade Association(AGTA) Spectrum Award.

The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ is considered the most respected and prestigious creative award for  15 categoriesof the jewelry  industry.  Debuting in 1984, Spectrum Awards has honored and recognized designers whose work promotes the artistic useof naturally colored gemstones and cultured pearls in fine jewelry design. 

For more information contact Gregore at (805) 453-6073 or email Jennifer at jrabe.morin@gmail.com

Jeweled Butterfly Brooch on Mother of Pearl and Turquoise Flower

The Jeweled Butterfly on a Mother of Pearl and Turquoise Flower

The Jeweled Butterfly on a Mother of Pearl and Turquoise Flower

When Santa Barbara jewelers Gregore and Jennifer-Rabe have the notion to create an elaborate and beautiful piece of jewelry it is for two reasons, because the impulse to create it is so strong and because intuitively they know others will derive joy from it also.

The  jeweled butterfly brooch came about when Gregore saw the opal in the rough. It was so beautiful he wanted to maximize the use of its size, and butterfly's are a popular theme for the Santa Barbara couple. The body came about because classic design houses like Cartier, and contemporary ones like  Wallace Chan and J.W.Currens have used colored stone pave in ways that have inspired them. The sapphires set into the gold body are of many tones like pink, purple and blue. The metal surrounding them is blackened to enhance their color. The antenna are pave set with diamonds in the classic Gregore style, the tightly arched line.

The Brooch is made with Opal wings and pave' with multicolored sapphires and diamonds.

The Brooch is made with Opal wings and pave' with multicolored sapphires and diamonds.

The Butterfly is fashioned in the Victorian style of trembleuse brooches, where the flowers or insects vibrate with the movement of the wearer. The wings on this jeweled butterfly vibrate as you walk, so make sure to see this in action in the video below. There is a spring coiled up inside the body that is allowing the movement of the attached wing.

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The flower is beautiful. We cut the petals out of black mother of pearl on the CNC machine following a model drawn in CAD. They were given a final polish by hand. The turquoise was cut for this project by hand and all parts joined together into a flower stand.

Tiki Madness

Tiki Madness

The slitty eyes are in back and front reversed, and the lips are in the middle, also back and front.

Cairns on our Santa Barbara Beaches

The beauty of Santa Barbara is well known. But a really enjoyable activity not often done is building Cairns which we do when walking Cesar the dog on the beach.

Santa Barbara beaches have interesting geological formations. Whether it's natural springs or irrigation runoff the strange minerally , mossy formations are very intriguing. We get lots of inspiration for our jewelry designs from our beach walks.

The beauty of Santa barbara is well known. But a really enjoyable activity not often done is building Cairns which we do when walking Cesar the dog on the beach.

an elegant Cairn

Angel, one of our favorite Kokeshi

Having these Kokeshi's tucked away is a bad idea. Much better to share their beauty and let them shine. We started a blog post 7/11/17 introducing the Kokeshi please go to this blog post link goo.gl/neEEXU for an explanation of the Kokeshi.

Her hair is white opal, the diamonds accent her hair tie, colar and base, the body is turquoise, the face platinum, and the buttons orange garnet. She measures about 3 inches. Her precision is intoxicating, nicely counterbalanced by her demure appearance. 

More Wood Jewelry

We like using the mill because we can take gorgeous arabesque designs and cut them fairly quickly, and making matching pairs with the flip of a switch-literally.

Ebony panel for earrings. As you can see there is waste because of supports.

The making of a Kokeshi at the gregore and Jennifer-Rabe jewelers workshop

Kokeshi is a doll  made in Japan for generations. To the US it is akin to the clothes peg doll. Though wood is the traditional material, in an inspired moment Gregory decided to create his line of Kokeshi's in gemstone and precious metals. Hiroku is a completed favorite shown below. In this series of blogs I will show you several stages in the creation of a Kokeshi, which can amount to hundreds of hours of work, so be patient because this may take a while!

Hiroku Kokeshi

Hiroku Kokeshi

Hunting for a stone for the body of Kokeshi #11

Hunting for a stone for the body of Kokeshi #11

grinding the body

grinding the body

Japanese Lantern

Everything Japanese is a passion in our household. Gregore in particular has been very focused on making Asian themed Jewelry. Why you ask? because it is refined, detailed, balanced, and entranced with nature and all things made. The Ebony wood bead-like forms are an early phase of the earrings. He carved the Ebony wood with CNC because the detail and  precision, is painfully expensive if not.

Fish Series Earrings part 3

These luxurious earrings go well as daywear and businesswear. They are an attractive size at 28 millimeters or 1.1 inches in diameter. They look seemingly normal but on closer inspection you see the division of space with gold and wood or gold and turquoise are actually real cool fish. The diamond eyes add that special sparkle.

Fish Series in Wood and Gold part 2

We are going to the Santa Barbara Zoo for our Wedding Anniversary of 12 years. We are going there because of our love of animals and all things cute and living. We were enraptured by the little squirrel on the East Beach cliffs yesterday when we were walking Cesar during low tide.

Here the wood fish were cut away from their frame which held them aligned in the CNC machine. The cast gold faces are not quite ready because the sprue still juts out from their chins, but you can begin to see how the Swirl Fish Earrings in Natural wood and Turquoise and 18 karat yellow gold are coming together very nicely, thanks to great design, clever engineering and meticulous craftmanship, yeah baby!

Fish Series in Wood and Gold

Gregore loves nature and his ability to stylize what he perceives is a real strength. This is one of a series of steps to show the fish earring in process. What you see here are two types of natural wood cut in the mill into a swirl fish. The faces are cut in wax and then cast in yellow gold. A gem in the rough.

Whenever you need to destress just look at your finger and breath.

Buddha eyes gaze at you in utter repose. How can you not feel relaxed wearing these lovely rings. Jewelry is sentimental, it is meaningful, it evokes emotions, it gives immense pleasure. Gregore loves wedding rings. He has many and at a later date we will share them. Luckily I am not a jealous woman because he has 5 wedding rings so far! These rings are the eyes only, of Buddha faces carved in Eastern traditions. here they are captured in sterling silver, blackened sterling silver, and Turquoise and gold.

To Bee or not to Bee #4

These gold earrings with mother of pearl and sapphire honeycombs, have  made someone happy! I saw the husband swoop them up for his wife at the auction for the MAD academy not too long ago. 

American jewelry design Council project "FIRE"

Talk about fun and fabulous. Gregore's signature whimsy is in full force with this carved and cast sterling silver match stick with the hand carved red glass hair, enameled red lips, and black jade sunglasses. I am smiling while I write this passion/blog. His sense of fun is so pure, and oh so cute!

These are just a few of his designs, his strength of course is really working out an idea on paper to get every detail and every proportion just right!

He is really good at carving lips!!! And sun glasses, and oh did I mention hair.........

He is really good at carving lips!!! And sun glasses, and oh did I mention hair.........

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Fastidious to a flaw he did carve this stylish hair twice out of glass making sure he didn't ruin the better piece. Did he go into the wrong profession??? Hmmmmm...

And of course she props up on an aluminum base he turned on the lathe-of course. I will confess this was last years, 2016, AJDC project but who cares this fiery lady has to be seen! Gregore and Jennifer-Rabe Jewelers, custom jewelry designs and engagement rings, made in Santa Barbara, CA.

To Bee, or not to Bee #3

The final episode of  Raising Bees at home for fun and profit 

The castings  are finished and its time to get them to a state of finish that one would expect from a piece of jewellery . 

18k yellow and silver Bees lining up for grooming into flashy little earrings 

18k yellow and silver Bees lining up for grooming into flashy little earrings 

A close up picture of the fold down ear hole location device with GPS sensor ,  I just need to take care not to get stung   

A close up picture of the fold down ear hole location device with GPS sensor ,  I just need to take care not to get stung   

Drum roll please 

And a Bee is born , my first child . Buzz little Bee buzz. 

And a Bee is born , my first child . Buzz little Bee buzz. 

And wait  there is more .... 

More Bee earrings , working towards a whole hive of them 

More Bee earrings , working towards a whole hive of them 

Finally,  Bees  lots of bees in 18k gold and silver with 18k posts  the silver version comes with abalone wings 

Finally,  Bees  lots of bees in 18k gold and silver with 18k posts  the silver version comes with abalone wings 

And what about a home for them to live in when they go off into the world to have adventures of their own.  Each Bee earring comes in a box that is made right here in our shop in Santa Barbara. 

 

A custom made box that keeps the Bee earrings safe no matter where you go ; from the gym to the office or that around the world trip you have been planning for years. 

A custom made box that keeps the Bee earrings safe no matter where you go ; from the gym to the office or that around the world trip you have been planning for years. 

The AHA would like me to mention that no bees were harmed in the filming of this blog and any dangerous stunts were performed by professionally trained stunt bees .

To Bee, or not to Bee # 2

Since out last episode of  Name that Bee  I have designed the model in cad and cut a brass model  on the CNC machine , I also had time to work on the wing model and cut them directly  in mother of pearl  also with the CNC 

Here is a quick pic of the brass bee with sprue soldered on soon it will be rubber molded and cast in 18k yellow gold and silver 

Here is a quick pic of the brass bee with sprue soldered on soon it will be rubber molded and cast in 18k yellow gold and silver 

Now that is a lot of bee wings , all snug in their  storage case waiting for the Bee castings to be ready  the darker ones on the right side are abalone shell. 

Now that is a lot of bee wings , all snug in their  storage case waiting for the Bee castings to be ready  the darker ones on the right side are abalone shell. 

 come back soon and see our next exciting episode where we will finish the castings and add the wings , and create a custom travel box .