18K Gold Earrings with Mabe Pearls">18K Gold Earrings with Mabe Pearls

Mabe Pearls in 18K Gold Frames

Mabe Pearls in 18K Gold Frames

Ricco Orig­i­nal Design 18K gold frames enhance these 17mm Mabe pearls beau­ti­fully.  Evoca­tive of moon sym­bol­ism, the cir­cle within a cir­cle is a per­fect com­ple­ment to the fem­i­nine rounded shapes of the pearls.

Avail­able to buy online here 18K Gold Ear­rings with Mabe Pearls on Square Market

18K Gold Studs with Pearls">18K Gold Studs with Pearls

Pearls in nests

Pearls in nests

Side view

Side view

 Just cre­ated: new orig­i­nal design to show­case 6.5 mm fresh­wa­ter pearls.  Pearls nested in con­cave hemi­spher­i­cal cups pro­duce a halo of gold around them.  Side view shows that the studs come off the ear­lobe with some height, lend­ing sub­stance to the form and pro­tect­ing the pearl.

A beau­ti­ful and very effec­tive design if I don’t say so myself.  Design copy­righted:  Ricco 2014.

Buy them from my online store.

18K Gold Studs with Pearls on Square Market

Why Palladium White Gold

18K Palladium White Gold Hoop Earrings

18K Pal­la­dium White Gold Hoop Earrings

What is white gold and what is pal­la­dium white gold?

In its pure form, gold is yel­low. So how do you make it change to white?  You mix pure gold with another metal, a white metal.

A mix of met­als is an alloy.  To make a white gold alloy, mak­ers can use either pal­la­dium, a noble metal, or nickel, a base metal.  Since pal­la­dium costs $900 an ounce while nickel costs 9 dol­lars a pound,  most white gold jew­elry uses nickel.

Using nickel in the alloy can have con­se­quences:  it pro­duces an aller­gic reac­tion in some peo­ple; the alloy is brit­tle may develop cracks; the prongs around stone set­tings can break off, espe­cially for those who spend a lot of time in chlo­ri­nated pools (the chlo­rine leaches nickel out of the metal.)  So, if you own white gold jew­elry with prong set stones, it’s a good idea to visu­ally check the prongs occa­sion­ally.  For more details, see this arti­cle.

This is why Ricco white gold jew­elry uses pal­la­dium alloys. It reflects an under­ly­ing phi­los­o­phy that you can do things cheaply or you can do them right, and my choice is always to do the best I can with qual­ity mate­ri­als and processes.  Details the buyer may be unaware of  are impor­tant to me since I want my jew­elry to endure in time.

See my work at my online store and the ear­rings in the pic­ture here.

Silver and Gold Jewelry Compared

Hand-made wedding band set by RiccoGallery

Hand-made Wed­ding Bands

Some folks wear only sil­ver and some wear only gold, but each metal has pluses and minuses so keep an open mind.

For some, sil­ver is too com­mon and lacks the luxe aspect of gold.  For oth­ers, gold is elit­ist and pre­ten­tious.  Each view has a point to make, but nei­ther is absolute.

Sil­ver has great effect when it’s worn as a col­lec­tion of ban­gle bracelets, for exam­ple.  Gold is con­sider a must for wed­ding bands because of tra­di­tion and what it sym­bol­izes (except check out the rings pic­tured.) So let’s say that each metal has its place.

Because sil­ver is so afford­able, there is a ten­dency to wear it too much of it.  That cre­ates an impres­sion that sil­ver is cheap and com­mon.  But it’s not silver’s fault; it’s the overuse of it.

Gold has great allure and because it is costly, it auto­mat­i­cally con­veys wealth and sta­tus.  That image can back­fire how­ever, if the designs are gaudy and osten­ta­tious, so be care­ful with gold.

Then there is the choice of mix­ing sil­ver and gold jew­elry.  Many would con­sider this idea a non­starter and there is a his­tory of that opin­ion, but things are begin­ning to loosen up on that score.  Indeed many jew­elry pieces with mixed met­als gold and sil­ver com­bi­na­tions are in fash­ion now.

As a jew­eler, my posi­tion is that you can wear what you want, but you have to own it with your atti­tude, like Bela Abzug did with her hats, or Madeleine Albright with her brooches.  And of course, any­thing you wear should have style and orig­i­nal­ity.  That’s where I come in.

Check out my sil­ver jew­elry at my online store



18K Palladium White Gold Band with Damascus Steel Inset">18K Palladium White Gold Band with Damascus Steel Inset

Manly wedding band

Manly wed­ding band

A ring for the manly man, very dis­creet, but with lots of low-key pres­ence.  The ring has 18K Pal­la­dium White Gold (only the edges vis­i­ble when worn) with an outer band of artisan-made Dam­as­cus steel show­ing swirls and lay­ers of iron and stain­less steel.  How cool is that?

Price is right.  Check it out at my online store HERE

14K Gold Ring with Emerald">14K Gold Ring with Emerald

Fine emerald in 14K gold

Fine emer­ald in 14K gold

Emer­alds of this qual­ity are rare and expen­sive, but look how beau­ti­ful they are against gold!

The set­ting is an orig­i­nal Ricco design in 14K gold, size 4 1/2.  The emer­ald is 6.4 mm in diam­e­ter and weighs a lit­tle over one carat.

The metal is sub­stan­tial and thick, qual­ity marked 14K and signed Ricco.

Avail­able to pur­chase online HERE


Silver Earrings and Pendant Set with Pearls

Pearls in dishes

Pearls in dishes

It’s not often that you see match­ing sets these days, so I thought I would make a few.  Here is my newest offer­ing, with fresh­wa­ter pearls set in ster­ling silver.

Mounts are made of ster­ling sil­ver with dish shapes that cup the round pearls nicely.  The ear­rings have the dish oxi­dized black which pro­vides strong con­trast to the white pearls.  The dish for the pen­dant is highly pol­ished which reflects the pearl and effec­tively mag­ni­fies its shape and color like a lens.  The pearl in the pen­dant is per­fectly round, with high lus­ter, albeit a tad smaller than the pearls in the earrings.

Length of the neck­lace is 17 inches.  Onyx beads inter­spersed with pearls are on cord fin­ished with ster­ling chain, mak­ing for a nat­ural and sup­ple drape, unlike beads on wire.

Buy it from my online store


18K Gold Stackable Rings">18K Gold Stackable Rings

Stackable Ring Set

Stack­able rings are easy to wear, but often you find them thin and flimsy.  These are sub­stan­tial, 2 mm wide by 1.5 thick, so they’ll last a life­time and beyond.

The ham­mered flats give a bit of flash when the light hits them and shows that a per­son made these rings, not a machine.

One impor­tant advan­tage of stack rings is their flexibility–each one is separate–so you can have a wide ring that is com­fort­able to wear.

In this pic­ture, you have 18K yel­low at the top, 18K pal­la­dium white gold in the mid­dle, and 18K rose gold at the bot­tom.  Mix and match how you stack them to change the look;  they are very ver­sa­tile and fun.

See the set pic­tured on my online store or order a set in your size by con­tact­ing me.




Wedding Bands

Essential Wedding Band

Essen­tial Wed­ding Band

A wed­ding ring may be the most spe­cial, mean­ing­ful jew­elry pur­chase you ever make. It should not look or feel like thou­sands of oth­ers you’ll find in a cat­a­log or a depart­ment store. The ham­mered fin­ish on this ring  tells you that it was made by a human being, not a machine.

It’s a good, hon­est ring, made to last a life­time, just as you wish for your mar­riage.  And the price is right too.

See it at my online store along with many other wed­ding band designs.

14K Gold Band on Square Market

Executive Presence

Caged South Sea Black Pearls

Caged South Sea Black Pearls

In her new book, “Exec­u­tive Pres­ence,”  Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founder of the Cen­ter for Tal­ent Inno­va­tion, iden­ti­fies three key ingre­di­ents for suc­cess in the cor­po­rate world:   how you act, how you speak, and how you look.  

Arguably the eas­i­est of these to con­trol is how you look. Cloth­ing and hair­style are impor­tant ele­ments, but jew­elry is cer­tainly key as well.

​Choos­ing jew­elry to wear in the cor­po­rate world requires a del­i­cate bal­ance between two poles: pieces that are dis­tract­ingly eye-catching at one end, bor­ingly con­ser­v­a­tive at the other. You do not want to pro­voke busi­ness asso­ciates to focus on your jew­elry rather than on the busi­ness at hand. But you do want to express your per­son­al­ity and taste as a leader.

 These Tahit­ian black pearls in their gold cages are an exam­ple. They are both beau­ti­ful and ele­gant; the design is sim­ple but effec­tive.  At home in a busi­ness envi­ron­ment, they are also appro­pri­ate for social occasions.


Avail­able for pur­chase at my online store  14K Gold Ear­rings South Sea Pearl ER-007 on Square Market