Ronaldo Designer Jewelry, Inc.
A PLACE WHERE IMAGINATION BECOMES REALITY

What do the Parthenon, watches by Cartier, the Mona Lisa, the Armani suit, the Jaguar, the lamps of Tiffany & Co., and the Empire State Building have in common?

They are all icons of design. They represent the epitome of a certain style of design brought to such perfection that it endures through the ages. These styles are found in architecture, the graphic arts, the decorative arts, and, of course, in jewelry.

“To Michelangelo, the master sculptor's job was clear: chip away what is not there ... David is already there. It was simply Michelangelo's job to reveal him.”

Ronaldo can see his creations much in the same way the master sculptor saw his Art.


DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE

Ronaldo's incredible talents as an artist have created a worldwide following of loyal customers and collectors. From limited edition pieces to custom one-of-a-kind designs, explore the art of this Master Jeweler and experience the many ways Designer Jewelry by Ronaldo can exceed your expectations.


WHY BUY Ronaldo Designer Jewelry, Inc.?

There are many reasons why people choose Designer Jewelry by Ronaldo instead of mass market creations, including:

Prestige: Owning a designer piece of Jewelry is owning a miniature work of art.

Higher Quality: Designer pieces are generally handcrafted rather than machine manufactured,
_-giving them better craftsmanship and intricacy.

Customization: Designers are typically far more willing to create custom pieces with personalized _-_-_-designs, offering customers truly one-of-a-kind work.

As a Designer & Jewelry artist, Ronaldo has spent more than 100,000 hours honing his skills and developing his artistic skill, which has reached an unmatched level of perfection and distinction. Through superior workmanship, incomparable attention to detail, and his one-of-a-kind style, Ronaldo has become known as one of the premier, handmade jewelry artists in the United States. Explore an incredible selection of exquisite Designer Jewelry. With more than 25 years of industry experience and a steadfast commitment to quality, juried award winning artist, Ronaldo, is the only name you need to know for unmatched artistry and beautiful, custom created Jewelry.

Ronaldo has created and copyrighted more than 892 designs. He uses only the finest raw materials, including 14k Gold wire, Platinum, Argentium Silver, and 14k Gold artist wire to create his masterpieces. Once his designs are sculpted in metal, Ronaldo compliments them with only the superior quality Gemstones, Semi-Precious Stones, Cameos, and Pearls.


RONALDO MAKES AN APPEARANCE AT
DEAD SEA SCROLLS EXHIBIT.

Designer Jewelry by Ronaldo is proud to have been a part of one of the most interesting exhibits to ever come to the United States.  Discovery Place Museum, located in Charlotte, NC, recently acquired the rights to display one of the world's oldest treasures: The Dead Sea Scrolls.  These fragile treasures are the oldest surviving manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible, and were on display in Charlotte for a mere 100 days. 

Designer Jewelry by Ronaldo was been given the great honor of making sets of the Angelina and Greek Key series and various religious items to sell in the exhibit's gift shop.  Ronaldo made a personal appearance at the Discovery Place Museum opening on February 17, 2006. 


HANDMADE IN INDIANA

Every piece from Ronaldo Designer Jewelry, Inc. starts out as simple strands of wire and loose stones.  One of our master artisans then sculpts the wire into a beautiful piece of jewelry.  Each piece is handmade upon ordering, so everything is made especially for you. We take pride in our one-of-a-kind Jewelry and we know that you'll love it as well.

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In the United States, there are about 20 or so “master artisans” who are recognized within the community of jewelry artists as specialists in creating works in mainly one area. One may be an expert at rings, another may be an expert in setting pendants or medallions, but it is rare to find an artist who can “do it all”. Ronaldo is the only master artisan that creates rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces, pendants, and medallions with equal skill and with a high degree of creative energy.

Only a few artists have acquired the skills it takes to weave or braid bracelets, by far the most difficult skill to master in this art form. Ronaldo not only has mastered this skill, but also has taken this difficult technique a giant step further. Ronaldo's weaving and braiding skills are unmatched by any other artist. He has perfected working with 14k Gold and Platinum, quite a different league than 14k rolled Gold or Silver. These materials are so hard, that it is like trying to bend and twist a coat hanger with your fingers. Imagine trying to wrap a coat hanger around a pretzel without scratching or denting the hanger or breaking the pretzel. It sounds impossible, but that is exactly what Ronaldo does when he uses 14k Gold wire, Platinum or Silver to wrap around precious Gemstones, Pearls and Cameos. Most professional bench jewelers say it's impossible.

It took Ronaldo a lifetime to acquire this skill. Take a close up look at his work, and see for yourself. You won't find scratches or dents in the wire, or on the stone. What you will see is an unsurpassed level of skill providing evenly flowing wires, lined up and spaced perfectly.

As a successful career artist, Ronaldo has enjoyed 30 years of success.  His designs have been sold in over 900 different jewelry stores, and have been represented by more than 1,000 sales professionals in 35 states and 5 countries.

"My father still helps with the business," said Ronaldo. "He oversees the sketching process, shares formulas on bending metal, and occasionally at¬tends his favorite shows but his hands prohibit him from actually building the jewelry."

Many of the jewelry-making skills handed down through the Needham family tree have been lost by much of the industry. "We use jewelry-making meth¬ods that many people no longer use." explains Ronaldo. "For example, we use electricity instead of flame when soldering platinum to gold."

Ronaldo is most proud of his "Princess Bracelet" which was the winner of the "Who's Who in America" Award for Jewelry Design. It's made out of eight strands of 20 gauge, square Platinum with five strands of 18 gauge half round, woven on top in the basket weave pattern with approximately 4 feet of half round woven in and out and around to secure it all together. This is one of the most difficult pieces in the world to create because it is nearly impossible to bend the metal without denting or scratching up the weaves.  Yet, Ronaldo has mastered this process.

But, out of all his life's works, the creation of The Ronaldo Collection is closest to his heart, because it is the one thing that lets him express his life's true passion, creating original works of art!

Under Ronaldo's expert guidance, 48 artisans have been trained in his method for creating fascinating and beautiful art. Training these artisans is an ongoing and continual process because creating works of art is about vision and intuition.  It's about teaching the artisan to see the end result of the work.  It's about the slightest movement of the hands, twist of the wire, and placement of the gemstone.  It takes years to become a master craftsman, and under the instruction of Ronaldo, many have achieved the position of being named true masters.

There are no molds or machine-made Jewelry pieces in Ronaldo Designer Jewelry, Inc..  Each piece is made entirely by hand with the aid of only a few basic hand tools. Some excellent examples of Ronaldo's skill can been seen in the Monarch series, a collection of single, double, and triple basket weave styles. These weaves have hundreds of bends and turns that took over a year to develop. Experts have said that making these bracelets out of 14k Gold or Platinum would be impossible because of the many bends and turns. It was supposed to have put too much stress on the material and break. But, Ronaldo proved them wrong. He proved his skill level could rise to meet this never before obtainable level, and has become the only artist able to create this magnitude of work from 14k Gold and Platinum.

Another outstanding example of master craftsmanship is Ronaldo's Byzantine necklace. The Byzantine necklace has over 780 individually made links, all made perfectly to within 1/1000 of an inch. Each link is then put together one piece at a time. This creation can take up to a week to complete. Check it out in our necklace section, and you'll know why this is one of Ronaldo's most challenging pieces.

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