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…
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.
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.
The sugarloaf manages to be both humble and bombastic, understated but magnificent, paying true homage to nature’s vivid palate.
In light of two friends’ recent engagement, which came with a gorgeous sugarloaf ruby ring, I’m inspired to post about this special cut.
The sugarloaf, named for the form in which sugar was sold before the advent of the sugar cube, is a variation of the more common cabochon-cut. This cut was made to highlight a gemstone’s magnificent color. It does not try to disguise the natural inclusions within the stone but acts as a window into their unique beauty. (See the above picture, courtesy of 1stdibs.com, for a stunning example of a ruby.) A rough gemstone is cut into an elipse shape with a diamond-edged saw and then ground-down with diamond grit and polished to a high shine.
The sugarloaf manages to be both humble and bombastic, understated but magnificent, paying true homage to the incredible vividness of nature’s palate. The cut is used heavily, though not exclusively, to fashion sapphires, rubies and emeralds in fine jewelry. Polished in smooth domes, words like “juicy” and “sumptuous” come to mind when I see these candy-like gems. I always have the urge to pop them in my mouth!
See a comparison of the cabochon and sugarloaf cuts in these two spectacular JAR, Paris rings. Though very similar, you will see that though emerald dome is high, the ruby has a slightly more squared effect and comes to a soft point at its peak.
Wallace Chan is a master who derives inspiration from the natural world. In light of my recent jade post, the featured image above is a breathtaking example of how lovely the gemstone is. Cicadas make an intricate and symbolic subject. See my cicada vase post! Please enjoy this variety of Chan’s cicada brooches.
My appreciation for jadeite jade has bloomed in the last year. As my palate refines, I find their rich color and glassy appearance more and more desirable. When I think about the fact that this gemstone is pulled from the ground this way, velvety and rich green, my pulse picks up! Not to be confused with mass-produced, highly-treated jade, top quality jadeite can fetch $20,000 per carat, more than some high quality ruby and sapphires.
A culturally significant stone that has been cherished for thousands of years, jadeite jade offers the wearer a luminescent pop of color with an understated elegance. Jadeite has magical and spiritual properties according to some in Chinese culture and has even been ground and taken medicinally. It is durable, vibrant and comes in a variety of colors. Aside from jadeite, another silicate, nephrite, is also classified as jade and is often mottled green and white and often used for hard stone carving. Jade has also been used to make ax-heads, knives and other weapons because of its ability to be finely carved.
Hand-made, antique Chinese jadeite buttons of high-quality green jadeite. Probable origin: Burma (the Union of Myanmar today). Photo courtesy of Gregory Phillips. (above)
The banded mineral called Malachite has enjoyed a resurgence. Used as a pigment in paint from antiquity until the 1800’s, the vibrant colors of this semi-precious gemstone exhibit many shades, from bright and light to blackish-green. The irregular bands of color form mesmerizing amorphous shapes. Its attractive qualities are not limited to jewelry but work beautifully in interior design and fashion as well.
This first bracelet blows my mind. Boucheron…crazy gorgeous.