Making something new with something old


She had her Mother’s Wedding Ring and gifts from her Father. She wanted to combine them to create a ring to wear with her wedding band.

It’s kind of like keeping old friends together but bringing new energy to that friendship.

She’s got the yellow gold back – perhaps it will be incorporated into the next project.ring and earrings for new

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It’s On Her Finger Now

We met at the Starbucks close to his office at Winnipeg Square and discussed the design.  At his dining room table, we selected the perfect Diamonds.  She was out working that Saturday afternoon.  You saw the Diamond he chose.

While we were all waiting for spring to arrive in what seemed like an endless winter, our goldsmiths worked to create this beauty. He took part in each stage, ensuring it was just everything he wanted because she deserves the best.


A brilliant cut centre Diamond with two Diamonds set in the side of the head and lovely Diamonds in the shank encircling her finger.  It’s on her finger now.  Exactly where it belongs.

Seasonal Enjoyment

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I really love taking pictures of my work.  I spend time looking around my world – sometimes inside, sometimes outside and try to find something magical that will bring the beauty of our jewellery and our environment together.


Every season offers a special view.  I think using the seasons as my backdrop offers part of the story too.  It tells the story about the time of year when the jewellery gift was bestowed.


Taking pictures of my work and sharing those pictures with you is also my way of honouring the true craftspeople I work with.  Gemologists and goldsmiths who take pride in the designing and creation of these precious, sometimes delicate, always spectacular works of art.IMG_0069

18. Did you know…

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the solitaire is as classic as they come?  It speaks of a simple life together with basic values holding up the relationship as time goes by.

Which would you choose?

We’re building an engagement ring and here are the client’s choices.

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1. A 1.01 ct. princess cut diamond.

2. A 1.21 ct. princess cut diamond.

3. A 1.34 ct. princess cut diamond.

All three stones are dazzling.  Which one would you choose?

Turning your old jewellery into the extravagant elegance you’ll love wearing!

You know that necklace and those earrings that belonged to your great aunt Milly?  or those rings your mom/grandmother gave you?  

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Have you got some jewellery pieces tucked away, wrapped up in your draws or jewellery box?

They mean something to you – that’s why you’re holding on to them but they don’t quite suit your style to wear them?

Oro de Rey has got a fabulous idea for you!  We’ve developed “Tea Time & Talk”, an afternoon or evening hour of entertaining chatter with just you and your friends in mind. 

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You invite a group of your friends over for tea and I’ll join you for an hour or so.   I’ll explain to you and your friends the things you might consider in a redesign. I’ll share my “Diamonds 101” with you.  We’ll talk about settings, gold content, where you got the jewellery and what it means to you.  (I love those stories – just read my blog and you’ll see)  You and your friends can ask me any questions you may have about your jewellery. (Isn’t it always easier to ask questions with your friends around you?)

I won’t sell you anything.  It will simply be tea time around the table with Gary King of Oro de Rey.

Why do I offer this service?

  • I believe jewellery should be loved, worn and appreciated.
  • I believe people make the best decisions when they are informed.
  • I believe customer service is paramount in my business.
  • I believe that’s how you build a trusting relationship.

Call us to set up a date.  I’m looking forward to meeting you and your friends!

Prairie Love – Part 3

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The fall prairie sky at sunrise is filled with promise.  There is crispness to the air, a soft mist creating a haze that unwraps the mystery of the night as the sun rises.

She’s travelling west again to meet her love.  Even though it’s the middle of the harvest, his last harvest -he says you have to be able to stop when the opportunity is there to appreciate life.  So, they are meeting where he asked her if she would spend the rest of her life with him.

Oro de Rey has presented them with their rings in wax in order that they might inspect them to see if there are changes they would like to make.  They have chosen their rings based on different styles they have researched but seeing them in 3 dimensions is the best way to ensure the wedding bands are exactly as they want them.

Sunset on the porch finds them seeing and touching their prototypes for the first time.  Looking at the loose diamonds, a diamond for each of their children, she has a lump in her throat.  It’s all so real now.  He feels it too and takes her hand. There are changes.  Perhaps the yellow gold on the sides should be more pronounced?

There is no reason for concern.  The whole purpose of creating the ring in wax first is to ensure that the ring when completed in gold is exactly what they had in mind when they started the design process.

He smiles at her and they watch the sun set.  The dust of harvest paints the setting sun orange.  There is hope and promise for a beautiful tomorrow.  (Prairie Love Part 1, Prairie Love Part 2)