Thursday, January 31, 2013
… and I have no doubt that February babies will be thrilled to get any of my amethyst designs. It’s the last day of January, so let’s look at the options!
My double-stone Clemence ring with amethyst and citrine set in 18K gold is available exclusively at Max & Chloe. I’ve only made one of that style with those gems, so it’s suitable for anyone who is truly one of a kind and appreciates an Art Deco look.
The Clemence ring is named for Clemence of Hungary, the second wife of King Louis X of France in the early 14th century. In Les Rois Maudits (The Accursed Kings), a series of seven historical novels by Maurice Druon, Clemence is portrayed as a pious woman who, after the death of her husband, consoled herself with jewelry. The ring style and necklace (also at Max & Chloe) have been featured in InStyle. Gorgeous singer Shontelle (“Impossible”) stacked two Clemence rings together for an even bolder look.
My Queen Min ring in amethyst and 18K gold is also available exclusively at Max & Chloe.
The pagoda shaped setting for the gem in a tribute to Queen Min, the last queen of Korea. Even though she lived in the age of photography, no one is 100% sure what she looked like. There are photos and drawings that are tentatively identified as being images of Min, but not definitively so. The mystery of her image inspired the type of gem carving I used in this style. A lucky koi fish is carved on only one side of the stone. As you move the ring around, sometimes the reflection appears on the other side and sometimes it vanishes. I made two amethyst/koi versions of this ring and I won’t be making any more, so this ring is very special. Wander into Tiffany some day and see how much their one-of-a-kind pieces cost, and you’ll get a better idea of the value of limited-edition jewelry.
Another very special piece is my Marie Antoinette ring, available on my website. The custom-cut 27.64-carat amethyst is surrounded by 118 tsavorites (green garnets) and set in my favorite metal: satin-finished and blackened 18K yellow gold.
To get an idea of the size of this ring, take a look at it on my model.
The ring is in the royal colors of purple and green. The creeping, thorn-like prongs convey the way Marie Antoinette was drawn into a frightening situation not of her own making. Ocean Home magazine gave this ring an entire page in its recent holiday gift guide.
My matching Marie Antoinette earrings were last October’s Jewel of the Month on this blog.
These took me almost a year to make. All the stones were custom cut to my specifications. Each amethyst is 25 carats, and I used a total of 404 tsavorites in the satin-finished, blackened, 18K-gold setting. You can read more about the design process here. I’ve gotten incredible feedback from other jewelers about the quality of the design, setting and stones. As I said recently, it’s not every day that other jewelers give their competition that type of compliment, so that means a lot to me and it should mean a lot to whoever is fortunate enough to get these earrings!
Come back tomorrow to see my brand-new designs for Valentine’s Day. It doesn’t matter if you love Valentine’s Day or hate it. I’ve got you covered.