After being away for over a year, I thought I would re-enter my blog with these images, the delightful result of the afternoon sun passing through some crystal candlesticks. The light of the sun is the element and the crystal is the tool. It splits the single into many and dazzles me.
As incredible as the cut gemstone is, the natural mineral crystal specimen can be equally, if not more, breathtaking. The featured image is an emerald from Columbia. They are famous for their distinct hue: green with a light touch of blue and they are easily distinguishable from most other emeralds.
This ruby specimen comes from Afghanistan and is nestled in calcite.
Below, you will see an incredible aquamarine from Pakistan. Look at how clean the faces are and how sharp the termination of each side is! Can you believe they come out of the ground this way?
Lastly, an intriguing smithsonite(name for James Smithson, also the founding donor of the Smithsonian Museum) from Mexico seems to bubble-up from anglesite. Small datolite crystals are also present.
Here is another smithsonite, this time from New Mexico:
The zinnia is an old fashioned flower that is a symbol of summer to me. No garden is complete without these vivid, heat-tolerant blooms that are plentiful and easy to grow. Growing them is a source of deep satisfaction and I cut them, along with cosmos and marigolds, for small flower arrangements all season long. It is not unusual for me to have five or six vases-full at a time.
A painted image of the brilliant facets of a diamond is almost just as lovely as the real thing. These large-scale representations of diamonds by artist Kurt Pio please me to no end. He has truely captured the scintillation(the flash of light and darkness) of a fashioned diamond. Fascinated by the splendor of a cut diamond, I tried this a few years back but lacked the patience and skill to pull it off! Darn…I will just need to get my hands on one of these…
“Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads – at least that’s where I imagine it – there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.”
Jaqueline Cullen embraces nature’s beauty. The rough-edged fissures of hand-mined Whitby Jet are lined with precious diamonds and gold. Jet, a fossilized material that was once used in Victorian mourning jewelry, is her medium. She redefines the black beauty of jet and creates dramatic sculptural pieces that inspire.
Dangling from a platinum ring set with rose- and single-cut diamonds, a magnificent 10.28ct diamond briolette. This JAR ring is SPECTACULAR. I love the briolette cut and it is rare to see it in this large a size. I also love the way that the rose-cut diamonds add a subtle edge. See the diagram below for both!
I love the shape and pose of LITO’s Enoplotrupes Sharpi Brooch in 18kt rose gold. Beautiful Greek craftsmanship highlights the ancient beetle motif with a modern edged design. The delicate and precise line of diamonds adds brightness. It would be lovely positioned up near the shoulder or even pinned onto a grosgrain or velvet ribbon to be worn as a belt or headband.
Inspired by nature and whimsically executed, Emily Miranda’s jewelry is show-stopping. She was working as a creative cake-maker when she transitioned into jewelry. (Many designers have other areas of expertise, creative and not, that led them to jewelry through unconventional paths.) From baking custom creative cakes to icing the ears and wrists and necks of women, Emily’s work is an INSPIRATION to me.
Art? A primitive map showing a mountain range? High-precision laser inscribing? Nope! Just one of the many natural beauty marks of rough diamonds. These close-ups are as beautiful as the pictures in my “Opals in October” post. I would fill my walls with large-scale reproductions of these, they are so fabulous!
Trigons are triangular growth patterns that appear on diamond rough. Oriented in the opposite direction of the gemstone’s octahedral face, these marks were etched into the diamonds as they formed by extremely hot fluids, far below the earth’s surface.