testimonials - andrea zatarain, jewelry design

“Working with Andrea was such a pleasure. I was worried, being a designer as well, but it turned out to be a great collaboration. The ring came out better than I imagined! The quality and craftsmanship was superb. Once I got the ring, I couldn’t wait and proposed to Susan that night.”

Vernon Ellis

“ Andrea Zatarain has a wonderful, unique sense of style that I truly appreciate. I searched for many months for a jewelry designer to re-style some pieces that I had, in a way that would make them totally new and fresh. When I saw a sampling of Andrea’s work, I knew I didn’t need to look any further. We met, spent time talking about the pieces, discussing various options, and my general desire for something simple, classic, distinctive and elegant. Andrea provided sketches of several versions of the earrings that were to be made from basic diamond studs, and after a very few revisions, we settled on a wonderful design. Likewise, with a string of south sea pearls, Andrea fashioned a very unique 72” necklace using fine chain and several “stations” that allow for the piece to be used in a number of lengths. The quality of her work, including the presentation / packaging is superb! “

Mary M-C

"I absolutely LOVE the ring that Andrea made for me. She worked with my boyfriend for several months, and with his design ideas and her masterfully creative sense, I now have a ring that gets complimented all the time. I had been wanting and searching for a ring to symbolize my bond with him, and she knew exactly how to make it become real. Thank you, Andrea, for a beautiful piece of art which means so much to me."

Robin Owen | Santa Fe, NM

“Andrea is a master of Jewelry Design. Her personal service allows you to explore lots of beautiful designs. She makes conceptual renderings and drawings that show the gold and gems perfectly. She is thoughtful and customizes the designs to the individual wearing them!”

Bill Bancroft

"Andrea created a lovely custom bracelet in honor of my mother-in-law's 60th birthday. She wove in a pearl to represent each grandchild and the result was a lovely, meaningful piece that was joyously received. Andrea was exceptional to work with and thoughtful on design."

GE

“Andrea was a pleasure to work with in designing and creating my husband’s wedding band. We wanted a custom piece that was meaningful to our lives, something we could not buy in a store. After listening to our ideas, she created a beautiful two piece wedding band that was simple and elegant – her creativity is outstanding. In additional to creating beautiful jewelry, she is also flexible, efficient and easy to communicate with, making the whole process very enjoyable.”

Satwik and Rebecca

"Between Andrea, my husband and myself, the past several years have been filled with gorgeous presents, expertly crafted. In wonderfully collaborative efforts, Andrea has created jewelry that is elegant, whimsical and truly reflective of who we are, and what we want. We recommend her wholeheartedly, and without reservation. 

Lynn F

"The ring that Andrea made for us to celebrate the birth of our first daughter has received more compliments than any other piece of jewelry I own. Its unique design has remained current despite its being 15 years old. I plan to pass it on to my daughter when she has her first child! Andrea's Jewelry is still in perfect condition! Even after 15 years. It is so well constructed and durable"

Alice Bancroft

"Andrea worked very closely with my husband (and then me) to design my engagement ring and then our wedding rings. We appreciated both her sophisticated design aesthetic, her enthusiasm, and her ability to listen carefully to our needs. The result: beautiful, elegant, modern jewelry that we love."

Jeff Michael and Sarah Morris

"Andrea created a unique and beautiful engagement ring and wedding band set for us on very short notice. After we met with her, she designed a meaningful piece that captured exactly what we were looking for, even within our modest budget. The rings were even better than what we had hoped for and will surely be an heirloom one day."

Maya & Vijay

"I inherited a diamond and wanted to have it made into some type of a pendant. Andrea worked with me to create a one of a kind pendant which complimented the chain I already owned. Andrea has style, attention to detail and creativity and this is evident in all her pieces. Her supportive and quiet demeanor makes working with her easy and fun. The quality of the piece was superb and as a result I wear it almost every day."

Arlene A. Smith

"Andrea was recommended to me by a friend who worked with her at the Rhode Island School of Design. I went to Andrea to both alter the setting of my engagement ring, and to have her design my wedding bands. Andrea is very professional, and her work is exceptional. My engagement ring nests perfectly between my wedding bands, and reflects my style and taste well."

Nicole Pollock

"I was unsure about whether to seek an engagement ring with more complexity than a simple band. I wasn't particularly keen on the aesthetics of a typical one stone ring, be it diamond or other. After exploring our options with Andrea, I became really excited about the prospect of wearing an engagement ring. First, she shed an anthropological light on wedding rings, offering a retrospective on different looks and their meanings in different cultures over time. Second, she helped my husband and I discover what kind of symbolism made sense to us and a design that felt fitting and appealing. We love our ring! Somehow it really captures who I am as well as the bond between my partner and me. Beyond our enjoyment of its meaning and beauty, it's also incredibly well made. My exploits on monkey bars and playing squash did cause a bit of damage in the first few years which Andrea swiftly repaired setting the stones even deeper in anticipation of similar rough treatment. Since then, it's been in perfect repair and so easy to care for. What a joy the whole journey's been. I highly recommend working with Andrea for her craftsmanship, the beauty of her products, and much much more."

Lindsay L.

"I met Andrea through two separate referrals. Andrea had designed two unique rings for my co-workers and both reviews were glowing and highly recommended. Right away the experience was head over heals above the chain stores I had been dealing with. Andrea and I talked about the theme of my engagement ring, and the reference material she provided was on theme - right out of the gate. The wax examples she produced really gave me a good sense of the final product; and we were able to narrow down the final design quickly. Also, the diamonds she provided were also just as unique as the setting itself. The final product over-exceeded my expectations. Not only was the ring one-of-a-kind, but my wife received glowing reviews from everyone. We even used the final setting design to fashion wedding bands to match the whole set. Anyone can walk into any jewelry store and pick out a generic setting and diamond. For something much more unique, I always recommend Andrea."

David K

"Working with Andrea to design my wife's engagement ring was a real pleasure! I decided to work with Andrea because she was really supportive of me engaging in the creative process with her. She integrated my design preferences, rough ideas, and my then-girlfriend's tastes into a number of beautifully rendered design concepts. We then collaborated to settle on a final design and budget for the ring. I even had a chance to select the color, shape, and style of stones (diamond and sapphires). The final product came in on schedule and budget. And more importantly, my wife was thrilled with the results! The personal touches and craftsmanship resulted in a beautiful piece of unique jewelry that we will treasure forever."

Sam K. and Jess K.

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