The Mark Schneider Design Blog

NEW COLOR COLLECTION!
Mark Schneider is excited to announce a stunning new color collection featuring Montana agates, fire opals, and diamond slices.   After his many visits to Montana, contemporary designer Mark Schneider was intrigued by the bold, natural landscape. Often finding design...
SEAHORSE PIN - WEEK 2
Now that the design and sketch have been approved by the customer, the next step in the process is to carve a wax of the design. In this step one of our jewelers literally takes a piece of wax and...
SEAHORSE PIN - WEEK 1
From sculptural colored gemstone jewelry to engagement rings, Mark designs it all. But one of his favorite things to undertake is taking specific customer requests, adding his own design sensibility, and creating works of art. Recently we received a particularly...
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...
SEAHORSE PIN - WEEK 5
From sketch to finished work of art – our seahorse pin is finished! This stunning piece of jewelry gives the customer’s citrines a new modern home, accented by tsavorites and white diamonds. A beautiful example, on a larger scale, of...
SEAHORSE PIN - WEEK 4
Just a quick update this week for our Seahorse in progress. For setting, the seahorse has been placed into a pitch bowl. The pitch bowl gives the jeweler a firm base to hold onto while setting without having the hold...
SEAHORSE PIN - WEEK 3
SOLID GOLD! Right after casting our seahorse isn’t looking so pretty. As you can see in the picture to the left, the metal looks dull and is covered in a reddish-pink wax residue. Liquid hot metal was pushed through our...
THANK GOD FOR MARK SCHNEIDER
Recently it was brought to our attention that one of our retail jewelers posted an excellent blog about us. We are very honored and want to send a big thank you to EE Robbins for the kind words. You can view the...
JCK JEWELERS' CHOICE AWARDS 2011
The winners of the annual JCK Jewelers' Choice Awards were announced this month and Mark took home two first place honors! The winners are voted for by jewelry stores across the country - we are very honored to be recognized...
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. 
TWO OF MARK’S DESIGNS CHOSEN FOR ALL THAT GLITTERS EXHIBIT AT THE SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Mark is honored to have two of his award winning design pieces chosen for display at the San Diego Natural History Museum’s exhibit All That Glitters: the Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals. The pieces chosen were: The Faceted...
THE LOVELY MODEL OF MARK'S MONTANA AGATE DESIGNS
We wanted to give a very special thank you to Norma Reilly for her dedication and love of Mark's designs. She is seen here with Chris of Marlen Jewelers in Rocky River, Ohio modeling Mark's beautiful Montana agate pendant and...
PICTURES & SKETCHES FROM MARK'S TRUNK SHOW AT CONTI JEWELERS
Last week, Mark traveled to Conti Jewelers in Endwell, New York for a trunk show. Thanks to Conti, we have some awesome pictures and sketches to share with you! Check it out! You can also read about Mark's visit on WBNG-TV,...
POWERSCOURT PENDANT FROM START TO (ALMOST) FINISH!
Mark recently traveled to Powerscourt Timeless Design in Lubbock, TX for a trunk show and came back with some amazing sketches. We have been following one piece in particular through the design and manufacturing process and are very excited to...
MARK HONORED BY FARMERS & MERCHANTS BANK
Mark was honored yesterday by Farmers & Merchants Bank at a breakfast celebrating "People You Can Bank On." Take a look at the program, featuring a short piece on the Schneider Family's long standing contribution to the Long Beach Community.
POWERSCOURT PENDANT - IT'S DONE!
If you've been following our previous blog posts, you've seen this pendant come to life throughout the production process. We're very excited to share the final piece with you! So, what do you think? Please leave us your comments!
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. 
GEMSTONE ROUND TABLE WITH STEPHEN AVERY
Mark recently hosted a Gemstone Round Table with award winning gemstone cutter Stephen Avery. A select group of individuals were invited to participate, view and purchase extraordinary, one of a kind gemstones. During the presentation, they were encouraged to ask...
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...
MARK WINS FOUR AGTA SPECTRUM AWARDS
We have amazing news to share! Mark won not one, but FOUR 2012 AGTA Spectrum Awards! Men's Wear - First Place for his Platinum engraved gents ring with 0.59ctw channel-set Ruby melee and 0.115ctw yellow diamonds. Bridal Wear - Entry Platinum Innovation for...
VESTIGE CHOSEN AS TOP MEN WEDDING BAND BY ENGAGEMENT 101!
Engagement 101 Magazine has featured Mark's Vestige gents ring as one of their Top 10 Men Wedding Bands of 2011! Check out this link and let us know what you think! http://www.yourengagement101.com/rings/2011/12/top-10-men-wedding-bands-of-2011/