Violet majesty! Amethyst is one of the most celebrated gems throughout history. It has been said to have strong healing properties, to keep the wearer quick witted, and has long been considered the color of royalty.
...not all gems are built like a diamond, and so they should not always be cut like one. And if you think so too, you're not alone. History agrees. Take a look at the rings of royalty throughout history, and you'll see masterfully polished, rounded colored gems. Saturated sapphires and aquamarines set in magnificent golden adornments were the norm for millennia. The mineral structures of a beryl (emerald, aquamarine, morganite) are completely different from those of a corundum (sapphire and ruby). Because of that, light will behave differently once it enters the gem. The cutter should take this into account. What has happened over time is that cuts from the diamond chart have been applied to the crystal structures of other gems and it almost seems like putting antlers on a bear.
Metal and Smith was an amazing event! A curated group of 50 jewelry artists getting to talk shop with writers, buyers, and stylists from around the country. It was really fantastic and I feel a great deal of gratitude for being an exhibitor this year. Here are some photos from the event!
I wear a a very special pink sapphire almost everyday. My wonderful grad school professor gave me the stone as a graduation gift and told me to make whatever I wanted with it. Naturally, I made a pink pinky ring and think of her every time I see it. The durability of sapphires make it a great choice for everyday wear or an engagement ring.
I'm going to be in this super luxury event for fine jewelry brands here in New York!
Jewelry is a uniquely wearable expression of art, that is as rich in meaning and as portable as body ink. It is as interchangeable as clothing, and is a tangible memento that can be cherished for lifetimes. Fine jewelry like the kind I make and offer, have intrinsic value that are considered investment grade works of wearable art.