WORK IN PROGRESS: SUMMER SUNRISE NECKLACE March 05 2015
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!