It was a wonderful stormy weekend in Mill Valley. We brought a little sunshine into our day with a stack of yellow diamond and sapphire rings.
In our last blog we demonstrated the steps we take to achieve a custom design using our client's stones. In this post we show what happens once we have decided on a drawing. Using double sided tape we stick the gemstones to the drawing and begin to reproduce the drawing in precious metal, in this case platinum and eighteen karat gold. The final photograph shows the finished emerald and diamond ring.
Giving a gift of jewelry can be as joyful an experience as receiving it. But when you don't know if the jewelry will fit there can be a tense moment when your mother/sister/wife or dear friend opens that precious box. This is where the necklace comes to the rescue.
A necklace is a forgiving piece of jewelry; the same piece might be longer on one woman and shorter on another but it doesn't much matter - necklaces look good in every length. The best part is she can take it out of the box, put it on, and look and feel beautiful right then and there.
Today we finished and delivered a beautiful custom design. The center stone is a marquise diamond. As diamonds go a marquise is a delicate shape - the two points are vulnerable to getting knocked and chipped. For this ring we wrapped the client's diamond in platinum and made a strikingly simple band of brushed twenty-two karat gold to support it. Perfect!
Here is a stack of rings that could happily be worn together as a set. The top ring is a ruby, the second ring is golden sapphire, and the ring on the bottom is a red spinel. All of these rings are made in twenty-two karat gold.
Here (as promised) are the fun facts for the gemstone obsessed:
1. Ruby? Spinel? This photograph is a great example of how similar in appearance these two gems can be. The spinel is a little brighter with a hint of cherry but you can see why people used to think red spinel was just a very pretty ruby.
2. Golden Sapphire? Aren't sapphires blue? Yes they are - blue and everything else as well... Sapphires are part of the gemstone family named Corundum. The red ones are called rubies and as for the rest, well you can name almost any color under the rainbow, add the word sapphire after it, and we probably have one here in the store. Yellow, purple, green, white, pink, pale blue, dark blue, these are all sapphire colors. And after diamond these are the hardest natural stone - just perfect for a ring stack!