The Mark Schneider Design Blog

DEEP SEA TREASURES - COLORED STONE INSPIRATION
Mark Schneider’s extensive collection of loose colored gemstones offers endless inspiration for one-of-a-kind custom designs. His assortment includes gems cut in original ways and which possess phenomenal optical properties. As a creative exercise, we browsed through these gems and designed...
ABALONE PEARL TOUCAN SKETCH
Mark Schneider’s process often begins with a gemstone that speaks to him and acts as a catalyst inciting the development of his design. The stone can serve as the cynosure of the piece, dramatized by Mark’s unparalleled sense of composition...
FASHION & JEWELRY TREND: HONEYCOMB MOTIFS
This Spring, the fashion magazines are swarming with honeycomb hexagonal motifs and looks inspired by the life of bees. We observed this buzz-worthy trend everywhere from prints to beehive hairstyles on the runways of designer brands like Tory Burch, Gucci,...
BRIDES FEATURES TWO MS ENGAGEMENT RINGS!
  Brides.com has featured both Beloved and Escape in their Round Cut Engagement Rings section this week. Check out the following links for more details: Beloved Escape
CONTEMPO PEARL RING - FROM SKETCH TO FINISHED PIECE
Mark designed this Contempo Pearl Ring for the Cultured Pearl Association of America's Pearl Design Competition. As you can see from the differences between the original sketch and the final piece, it is amazing how much can change from conception....
CAMEO SKETCHES
Back from the past, we've noticed a trend that at first mention conjures reminiscences of items long forgotten, tucked away in your grandmother’s jewelry box, but the cameos getting face-time on runways and pages of magazines like Vogue, Elle, and...
CUSTOM DESIGN FOR WOODARDS IN TENNESSEE
Mark recently designed a custom ring for a client at Woodards in Tennessee . Check out the sketch and the client's reaction to the finished piece. We are so happy that she is pleased with the final piece. “This ring...
FIRE OPAL PORTRAIT
We'd like to share with you some drawings and thoughts from our wonderful intern, Chelsea! "With the aspiration to develop a career as a jewelry designer, I am an intern at Mark Schneider Design and I am studying Fashion Merchandising...
AJDC ICE PROJECT DONE!
MARK'S AJDC ICE PROJECT IS DONE!   You sent us your suggestions and saw the sketch.  Now we are very excited to share with you the final piece.  It is comprised of rock crystal, anondized silver, and a yellow gold...
AJDC INSPIRATION
Mark is working on his project for the American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC). Each year, AJDC chooses a theme, and based on that theme, each member creates a one-of-a-kind piece for artistic value only, not for sale.  If you want...
21ST CENTURY JEWELRY: THE BEST OF THE 500 SERIES
Mark is honored to have his Tourmaline Switchback Earrings featured in the book 21st Century Jewelry: the Best of the 500 Series. The book is available for purchase on Amazon. 
COSMIC EMERALD RING
We've been following a beautiful ring from start to finish that Mark created for a customer from Conti Jewelers. It is a customized version of our Cosmic bridal ring with an Emerald center stone. 
CUSTOM JEWELRY EMPORIUM RING
While Mark Schneider Design is most prevalently known for our beautiful bridal designs and Mark's one of a kind color pieces, we are always very honored when a customer asks us to create a custom piece, especially when it is...
CHAIR RING - WEEK 2
As a follow-up from last week's sketch, here are some images of the wax for the Chair Ring. The wax went through several stages, with many subtle changes made. Wax 1: You will notice that the chair has no feet....
CHAIR RING - WEEK 1
Mark was recently presented with the challenge of creating a custom ring for a customer. Here are her words about what she was looking for and why she felt that Mark was the perfect person to make it happen. "I...
CHAIR RING - WEEK 3
If you've been following our blog for the past few weeks, you have seen the progress on an amazing piece that we've been calling the Chair Ring. This week, we have some more images for you. First, the raw casting. And, what...
CUSTOM ETERNITY SKETCH
Check out this custom sketch of our Eternity engagement ring accented with graduating sapphires. What do you think?
CUSTOM FAWN SKETCH
Take a look at this custom Fawn sketch. Let us know what you think! How would you customize a Mark Schneider Ring?
GEM STONE ROUNDTABLE
Mark recentlly hosted a Gem Stone Roundtable featuring Gem expert Judith Whitehead. There were unusual gemstones, composite gemstones, and gemstone suites. A fun evening was had by one and all. Check out the pictures from the event!
CONTEMPORARY ENGAGEMENT RING WEDDING INSPIRATION
When it comes to choosing a theme for your wedding, there are a lot of different things to consider: personal style, personality, time of year, and budget. Often, the different choices can overwhelm the bride and groom. Luckily, there’s a...