My Mother loves adventure. I love that she spontaneously took this trip to India on her own with a small group of people she barely knew. She is over 70 and still excited about each new possibility. The treasure she brought home is this gorgeous 3ct Emerald cabochon gem. I am so excited to transform her emerald into an heirloom she can wear and be reminded of her special trip. Follow the journey of my mother's emerald from gem to treasured jewel here on my blog.
The big reveal will be on Mother's Day May 14th of course!
My first round of sketches for the ring show on the left one design with the gem oriented in two different ways and a side view to show more detail of the setting. The idea on the right is similar though paired down with the prongs oriented like an X as you can see from the detail I've drawn of the underside of the setting. The top right shows the prongs folded up to capture the gem.
If you were to choose, which one is your favorite design?
Leaves are coloring, rustling, falling. The radiance of October is captured in Opals - alive, changing with the light and sparkling in all the colors of the rainbow.
The birth stone for October, opals like a rainbow produce brilliant colors with water. Opal is Amorphous meaning it has no crystal structure. Instead opal is made up of minute silica spheres that trap water in any voids. Light shining through the silica and water create extraordinary play of color in this gem.
The name Opal comes from the Sanskrit word upala meaning "precious gem". Indian lore considers opal part of the Goddess of Rainbows after she turned to stone to avoid the romantic advances of the other gods. In Greek mythology opals were thought to be the stone form of the tears of Zeus wept after the defeat of the Titans. Arabic stories speak of the stones falling from the sky in flashes of lightning, imbued forever with its fire.
This ring carries the energy of the changing season, shifting light and brilliant colors. Wear this ring to capture a quite time out during the day - to feed your soul with vibrant light - a fall meditation.
I'm back in the studio, feeling totally inspired and energized by the wonderful array of Designers and Retailers I met during JCK Las Vegas 2014. I have given myself space to accept the fact that it was way too ambitious of me to attempt a countdown daily blog post before the show! I’m a jeweler not a writer! Here are some snaps of the highlights.
My amazing husband David ready to welcome our customers!
Rave reviews for my new bracelet designs.
Architectural Ring Stacks were a hit.
The entry way to the Pierre Gagnaire restaurant Twist at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. An forgettable dining experience. The most memorable combinations of flavor like Biscuit Succes a Praline Cake, Dried Grapefruit Leaf, Black Sesame Ice Cream, just one dessert!
Viva Las Vegas!