I love early jewelry pieces. Time was valued so highly, a jeweler would spend weeks doing what is expected in days now.
As a test, I wanted to create an Edwardian style piece, this one heavily influenced by Shrive & Co. of San Francisco.
But there is always a twist… I wanted color that would cause a second look, backed up, of course with the detail that this era was so noted for.
The ring is set with a 2.97 ct Natural,unheated Padparadja, sourced from a 1930’s ring, and two African Demantoid Garnets weighing 1.12 ct each.
While there are a myriad of details in this platinum fabricated piece, of particular interest are the “Azures” in the last photo. (the small square and trapezoidal shapes inside the ring)
Azures are rarely used today, they are cut by hand prior to the setting of the stone. It actually takes more time to cut and polish an azure than set the stone.
There is more to come on this piece,
Mark Maxwell & I are great friends, there is some very unusual teamwork at play here.
We’ll have an article upcoming.