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Romancing the Stone

Romancing the Stone

Aquamarine, named for the Latin phrase "water of the sea", is a blue to blue-green beryl. A close cousin to Emerald and Morganite, Aquamarine is the second most popular gem beryl. Its identity is defined by its color. The deeply saturated blue gem is the most desirable color of Aquamarine. 

I personally love the variety of color, like the sea, that can be found with Aquamarine gemstones. I recently acquired a deep blue 8mm round gem at the Tucson Gem Show this year and I am please it will become the centerpiece of an engagement ring. The trend towards colored gemstones is stronger this year with younger buyers often choosing Aquamarine for their engagement ring—breaking the "diamond only" rule. Aqua's durability makes it ever-lasting, something to consider when shopping for a ring that comes with lifetime promise. Whether you are in the market for an engagement ring or a stone that will recall the romance of the sea, this gemstone is for you. I created the 18kt yellow gold cocktail ring seen above using a fine Aquamarine I located in New York City. 

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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

There can be few animals that evoke such intense emotions as that of the wolf. I believe much of the hate and fear comes from, a misunderstanding of this beautiful, intelligent and shy animal, but also through a continuing belief in scary stories.

 Some cultures however chose to regard the wolf as a spirit guide. I like the idea of the wolf stimulating all levels of our consciousness. We can think of the wolf as stirring our spirit as we begin a quest and awaken within us the call of the unknown— the call of the wild. We can look at the wolf not only as cunning and intelligent but also as an animal with the power to inspire us.

So who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? Not me! I took inspiration from cultural stories to create a wolf inspired ring, a ring that reminds me that I can outwit my demons and take new risks.

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Look Out Pink Elephants—Blue Flamingos are Here!

Look Out Pink Elephants—Blue Flamingos are Here!

When I set out to design a bold 18kt yellow gold ring, I let my fantasy take flight. I had a simple, bird-like ring design in mind; I just need to locate the perfect stone.

It wasn’t long before I landed upon a beautiful Chalcedony cabochon. The stone dealer noticing my design remarked it’s time for Blue Flamingos! What? You’ve heard of pink elephants, why not blue flamingos? I loved the idea, named the ring “The Blue Flamingo” and loved the translucent bluish grey Chalcedony I purchased. Chalcedony is a gemstone that belongs to a very large group of gemstone species called the quartz group of minerals. This stone occurs in a wide range of colors, sizes and patterns.

It has been said that Chalcedony quartz has set the standard when it comes to gemstone hardness; 7 on the Mohs scale, for jewelry gemstones. Chalcedony takes an excellent polish, sometimes exhibiting a soft glow that seems to emanate from within.

Some regions are better known than other, but high quality chalcedony deposits can be found all over the world. Pink Elephants, often seen after a night on the town can’t compete with an evening spent with a mysterious winged Blue Flamingo.

You can see the Blue Flamingo Ring under the Gold Ring Collection on this site.

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