Custom Genuine Gemstone Jewelry ~ Re size,Layaway too.

New Castle, Delaware On Etsy since 2011

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Custom Genuine Gemstone Jewelry ~ Re size,Layaway too.

New Castle, Delaware | 790 Sales

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Last updated on Sep 9, 2020

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Michael & Angela Carty

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Michael & Angela Carty


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About Michaelangelas

Sales 790
On Etsy since 2011

We are a husband and wife team, operating a Collaboration Shop..

There is an art to hand setting gemstones. Michael is the one with the steady hands. He is self taught, having only watched a jewelry repair friend of ours show him once how to set gemstones.

There are many steps involved in the process of gem setting, Michael's way is very carefully.

First, you must start with a calibrated gemstone, if the stone has a deep or full culett, it will probably not fit into a standard setting.

We order our gemstones in parcels. The weight varies from 250 carats, down to 20 carats, and even single gemstones. Problem is we only have a general idea what kind of gemstones we receive. Each gem has to be refracted to determine what each identity is. That's where (Angela) comes into the picture.
We have, (with a lot of practice) self taught ourselves how to refract. Every gemstone has a refractive index.
To explain refraction to you, think of it as a # gauge, for gemstones for example, Rubies and Sapphires refract very high, in the 170 - 176 range and have birefringenge, which means they are doubly refractive.
Garnets also refract in the same # area, only they are singely refractive, with no birefringence. If you put a ruby and a garnet side by side, it's very hard to tell the difference between them. (many of the gemstones thought to be Rubies in the Royal Crown Jewels, turned out to be Garnets)
Moving on, the gemstones have to be weighted and measured, cataloged by description, and stored individually. to prevent chipping.

When we are ready to hand set a jewel in say a ring setting, we always have to have a backup gemstone. Just because a gem is a 10x8 mm oval, doesn't mean it will necessarily fit right into a 10 x 8 mm oval setting.

Tweeking may not be considered a technical term, but that's what basically what has to happen for a gem to fit perfectly into the notched part of the setting. Some settings come pre notched, but most do not.
All those notches have to be hand done. Michael uses a hand file to put his in. There are precision tools to do this, but we feel the old school methods are the best.
Once the gem is set, it must stay perfectly level. One slip of the gem setting tool and your ring is ruined.
Hand prong setting a gem may take up to 2 and 1/2 hours.
Once the stone is set, it still has to pass inspection. Angela is in charge of inspection # 1 and inspection # 2.
# 1 is a 10 power loupe.
# 2 is a 20 power microscope.
The jewelry piece, once inspected for Quality Control, goes back to Michael for buffing and polishing.

Final inspection comes after Angela cleans and dries the piece.
Pictures are next:
Angela is solely in charge of all photography.As I type this all I can say is practice makes perfect.Rarely do I get the right shot in the first 5 pictures. I have re photographed the same ring up to 20 times before getting it just right.

Time to list:

Angela is in charge of anything to do with etsy. To include listing, promoting, setting up paypal, setting up all networking sites, responding to convos, answering questions, packaging and shipping etc.

Last, we have retired jewelry repair person Doug. We use Doug to re size rings to customers requests.

We try to have a large variety of gemstones in our inventory for our customers to choose from. If you want a particular gem please just ask and we will do our very best to make your dream jewelry into a reality.

~~~~Dedication: We have dedicated the "For the love of John" section to our baby brother John who passed away suddenly, for no reason. He simply went to sleep, and never woke up.

We miss him terribly. He was such a big part of our lives. He was so full of life. He was funny, sweet, charming, and handsome. He leaves behind his loving wife, Ann, and our 3 nephews,
Christopher, Reece, and his baby A.J. Johnny, we miss you everyday, you live on in our hearts through all the wonderful customers who purchase and enjoy our genuine gemstone jewelry. Save us a spot in heaven!

John Edward Thornton 6/4/1966 ~ 5/20/2012~~~~~

Shop members

  • Michael & Angela Carty

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Michael Hand Sets All The Gemstones, Angela Does All The Photography And Runs The Etsy Shop

  • Our furry children Pippy. Sadly, we lost our baby Pugsley last November 1st. We miss him everyday.

    Michaelangelas Mascots

    Meet our new little girl Dakota Reesa. We have had her 3 months. She is a Shischon. ONA a teddy bear dog. She is a precious and awesome addition to our home..

Production partners

  • Doug Crossan

    NY, United States

    Mr. Doug Crossan has always been a jeweler for our shop. He resized ordered rings. He is now setting gemstones for me since the passing of my husband Michael on October 17th 2019. I still am ordering ring castings and gemstones. And I have started desiging earrings.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Aug 13, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Sizing details

Resized or custom items are not returnable. However. If you have a problem, please let us know how we can make it right.

Custom and personalized orders

We can usually customize any ring in our shop, however, there are always designs that are ooak's for sale too. In this instance, please refer to the details page to see if an item is resizable. We would love to resize and reset one just for you.

Care instructions

Care instruction are included with every purchase. If you have any problems or concerns please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to help.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Any jewelry item purchased from our shop is automatically gift wrapped for free. Loose gemstones or cabochon pieces or parcels will come packaged in comped drawstring bags and bubblewrapped for a safe arrival. Items over $25.00 are insured for free.

Have a design in mind? Need help pulling it all together? Need it by a certain date? On a budget?

Our team is very friendly and helpful. We take the time to ask you questions to design your perfect custom order. You will receive updates every step of the way.

We usually require 3 weeks to complete a custom order. In many cases we can complete a custom order in 7 - 10 days.

We would require a 50% deposit up front to begin your custom order.

We also offer a lay -a- way plan that will fit into any budget.

Custom and personalized orders

All jewelry purchases come complete with a certification card. This card has all the information to have your jewelry appraised or checked for quality and genuineness.

Lay -a- way plan and putting a deposit down on a custom order or shop item.

We offer a lay-a-way plan. You can put as little as $25.00 down to hold any item in our shop $50.00 or less and $50.00 down on any item $100.00 or more. No added fees. If you change your mind, you get your deposit back. We want you to be 100% satisfied. Here are our lay a way links:



Custom and personalized orders

Effective 8/12/2020 all return refunds will be returned within 30 business days. Thank you for your understanding.
Angela Carty ( Owner/Operator)