WELCOME to the next episode of “How To Make The Most Out Of Your Wedding Day!”
Thank you so much for joining me on “How To Make The Most Out Of Your Wedding Day!” Every other week this online program is here to help Brides and Grooms be introduced to some of the best wedding vendors in the industry. We’ll be sharing tips & tricks, along with features & benefits of why hiring professional vendors on your wedding day will not only save you time, but money & your sanity.
For this week’s program episode I am joined with an incredible master jeweler; Mr. Stephen Arnold from F & C Creations on a sweltering hot day at Disneyland. I have had the honour of working with Stephen on many pieces of jewelry and loved his work so much that I commissioned Stephen to create a new and more modern version of my family ring.
Stephen has created original works of art for brides and grooms all over from Orange County to Los Angeles, San Diego and beyond. So for Stephen to be interested in being on my program was perfect for couples that just got engaged and may be interested in hiring a master jeweler for their wedding rings.
If you don’t know much about Stephen just yet, check out his bio, it’s totally impressive.
“All his life, Stephen has had a passion for art and jewelry. With a strong art background in oil painting and illustration, jewelry design came naturally to him. He started training as a silver smith when he was just 16 years old, learning how to solder, cast, finish, and wax carve over the next two years.
Stephen continued to work on jewelry (mainly as a silver smith) until he enrolled into the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad California. He enrolled and excelled in the Graduate Jeweler and jewelry design programs. While still enrolled, Stephen worked full time as bench jeweler in Pacific Beach as the ‘custom design jeweler’.
Immediately after GIA, Stephen took on a very rigorous and difficult apprenticeship at San Diego’s premier retailer Charles Koll Jewelers. It is there that Stephen learned the true meaning of quality craftsmanship, combining old world techniques with the latest in jewelry manufacturing technology under the strict observation of a master jeweler whose view of craftsmanship went only two ways; it was ‘bad’ or it was ‘perfect’.
Stephen would later voluntarily leave his apprenticeship to work for Niessing, a German jewelry designer and manufacturer and a pioneer in modern, minimalist European design. Stephen found himself sitting side by side with German goldsmiths and stone setters as part of his ongoing training to be able to work on the unique and high quality designs. As Niessing’s goldsmith for their North American operation, he executed all repairs and stone setting for their retail accounts. While working there, Stephen spent his free time experimenting with his own designs.
The influence of and European modern design inspired Stephen to create a jewelry company that could bridge this influence with traditional American glamour. Steering away from traditional American over load of pave stones, frills, and lace as well as adding more dimensions to the hard architectural designs of European Modern, Stephen has created F and C creations, a true American contemporary artist. Art combined with simple shapes, art you can wear.”
So sit back with a pad of paper & pen and be ready for some great information on “How To Make The Most Out Of Your Wedding Day” with Stephen Arnold from F & C Creations.
If you have any questions or are a vendor that would like to be on the program, feel free to contact me anytime. I’m available just about 24/7 via Twitter, Facebook, the form on my contact page, or the old fashioned phone as well at 888.ESQ.PHTO (888.377.7486) or 562.225.5915. Cheers!
PS, Stephen recently opened his new showroom in Upland and it’s awesome. It’s set up more like an art gallery instead of an every day jewelry store. You’ll love it!
PSS, I hope we don’t disappoint, but Stephen & I were able to record his episode straight through without any outtakes. Even though were thought we were being cooked in the 100+ heat at Disneyland that day. When we were done, we both were like; “HEY! We taped that straight through & didn’t have any outtakes. Crazy!”