A few years ago, our good friend was given her mother's stunning opal. It stayed secure in a jewelry box with a hint of a custom project in its future. A few months ago, we sat down with our friend and jeweler and created some sketches as well as a wax for this unique stone. The stone weight is 6.34 carats and has a strong play of color which is very desirable when looking for this type of stone. Opal is the national gemstone of Australia, which produces 97% of the world's supply. The concept was to create a pendant that would showcase the fiery color and size of the stone which is incredible exquisite but be casual enough to be worn on a day-to-day basis. Our jeweler decided to create a bezel in white gold with a pave set of small diamonds on its sides. We also went with a horizontal setting as oppose to the traditional vertical pendant that has been the traditional way for decades. The opal's size made the pendant substantial and to give it the right bezel around it required 79 small diamonds equaling 1.07 carat to be set on its sides. The pendant took over 4 weeks to complete and is a masterpiece. We know she will wear it in good health.
David just got back from the 2013 Tuscon Gem Show with some stunning semi-precious dangle earrings and pendants which are very hot this season. In addition to the fun pieces shown here, he also found stunning loose sapphires and rose-cut diamonds. The dangle earrings shown above range in color and include: (from right to left) deep blue: iolite, reddish orange: agate, turquoise, red: ruby, black: onyx, light blue: aquamarine, and deep purple: amethyst all dangles are $80. In addition there are semi-precious pendants and chandelier earrings that are stunning and very fun. I am loving the splash of color in our shop.