There is romantic appeal in such a deep mysterious shade of ocean blue sapphire. And surprisingly, this sapphire ring is not unheated. Yes, Heritage Gems does have access to heated sapphires as well.
Though heated, this particular shade of blue is not what one would typically see at a highstreet/mainstream jeweller. It is unique deep mysterious blue. Our client said “I feel calm when I see this colour”.
Heated blue sapphires normally offered at your mainstream jeweller are usually an intense, almost bright blue shade. Some would describe these shades as somewhat artificial looking.
Again, one of the main reasons why we do what we do. We are passionate about colours. Coloured sparklers are intimately fascinating. As an engagement ring, the lady of the hour decided she wanted a simple and evergreen style that could last her for years to come and a style she could wear for even the most simple of occasions.
Part II of of our nature-inspired cocktail jewellery is a pair of Floral Aquamarine Cocktail Earrings.
Aquamarines come in a a few shades of blue. From near colourless to strong medium blue and also light green-blue. The term Aquamarine stems from its Latin counterpart Aqua-marina which means marine colour or colour of the sea.
This design features a pair of diamond flowers flanked by a pair of trillant cut green-blue Aquamarines and long drop Phosphophyllite. Never heard of a Phosphophyllite? That’s because it is an extremely rare gem, almost unheard of in most common jewellery shops. Phosphophyllite can be found in Germany and Bolivia, while it’s finer specimen comes from Bolivia.
During the designing of this pair of earrings, we wanted to feature Aquamarines alongside the diamond flowers. The colour objective of this pair of earrings was to search for a gem that had colour which complements that of diamonds, not compete with it. However, it cannot be too pale as it would result in the earrings looking too bland. We then decided that we could find the right colour with Aquamarines. Other gemstones that were considered but did not qualify were: Morganites, Yellow Beryls and Kunzites. Quite clearly, we were in search of pastel-like gemstones but one that had the right hue and shade of colour.
The next step came when we had to find a gem to complement the Aquamarines as the design was intended to be a pair of long, drop earrings. The colour we were looking for had to match and complement our trilliant-cut Aquamarines. Some colour choices were: Blue Zircons, Apatites and Paraiba Tourmaline. However, these gemstones are typically very saturated in colour and would draw too much attention away from the diamond flowers and Aquamarines. The key-words for this particular design was Complementary Colours.
We then decided on a very rare mineral called the Phosphophyllite. If one ever chances upon it, it would normally be seen in blue-green colours (sounds similar to Aquamarines, no?) This design was shelved for quite a long time (close to a year) as we were unable to find the correct gem. Till recently, we chanced upon a pair of long drop Phosphophyllite. Right away, our craftsmen began work on this piece.
Lo and behold, the above pair of earrings, fully completed.
“There is a story behind every piece created by Heritage Gems Fine Jewellery” – Germaine Woo
We draw inspiration from nature for this particular ring which features butterflies. Butterflies typically flutter and hover above the flowers and the leaves.
Part I of our nature-inspired cocktail jewellery is a Rubellite gemstone Butterfly cocktail ring.
The design stage had gone through several revisions until we came to what was to be the final drawings that had gone from drawing board to our crafting bench.
Not only is this particular design different from what is commonly seen in high street jewellers, the overall style is unique in that:
- the oval gemstone is actually aligned horizontally. Most oval shape rings are aligned vertically.
- when the ring is viewed from top-down, its owner sees only the gemstone. The details of the design comes alive when the ring is viewed from its side profile. Which makes quite abit of sense, doesn’t it? As we wear our rings and look down at our hands, be it engagement ring or cocktail rings, do we not normally see the 45 degree side view first as opposed to the top down view?
Excluding designing hours, this piece required a total of 36 consecutive man hours to craft. This cocktail ring is relatively chunky in size.
Unless it is a design intention or requirement, Heritage Gems Fine Jewellery does not scrimp on its gold work. In the process of crafting jewellery (though not all jewellers do this), it is common practice that jewellery pieces are crafted with very thin gold work with the main objective of lowering costs, at the expense of functionality or appearance.
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The gemstone chosen for this ring is a Rubellite Tourmaline for several reasons. The inspiration of this ring was drawn from nature. We were in search of a richly coloured gemstone that is not only beautiful but one that comes in a colour no other gemstone offers.
What makes the Rubellite Tourmaline special? Tourmalines come in a variety of shades and colours. Generally the colour of Tourmaline is described by placing the colour in front of the word Tourmaline. Meaning, a tourmaline with pink hues would be called: Pink Tourmaline. A tourmaline with blue colour and hues would be called: Blue Tourmaline. A tourmaline with green colour would be called: Green Tourmaline and so forth.
However, a tourmaline with both pink and red hues is called a Rubellite Tourmaline. With red mixed in with pink, the result is a mesmerising raspberry colour distinct and special only to the Rubellite Tourmaline.
It took us several months to search for a Rubellite that was of the right size. It could not be too big nor too small as this ring is designed to fit an Asian lady. At Heritage Gems, we have several in-house criteria that needs to be met before a gemstone can be used in our jewellery.
Rubellites are typically not eye-clean. Alongside with Emeralds, even the “cleanest” of Rubellites generally have at least an inclusion or two.
This Rubellite Tourmaline featured in this butterfly ring is extremely eye-clean. Almost flawless. Rubellites are also typically 100% natural, void of an heating or treatment of any sort. On these 2 points, this Rubellite has already met with 2 out of 5 of the in-house criteria.
The final result is an eye-catching, rich pinkish-red nature-inspired butterfly cocktail ring. & definitely unique both in design and gemstone.
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For blue sapphire purists, below is a ring that should catch your eye. **Pls note that unheated blue sapphires of this colour quality is very difficult to come by.
While our client was not quite sure what to expect prior to meeting us, she knew she was looking for an unheat sapphire of exceptional colour. Apart from this, she also had other requirements for the design of her ring. She did not want any diamonds, “just the blue sapphire” she said. During out meeting, she pre-empted us that she had specific design requirements that other jewellers either could not or did not want to assist with. Either way, they were not able to provide her what she was looking for.
Below is her blue sapphire ring. Unheated, vivid blue, 2.34ct ceylon sapphire ring. Most brilliant colour. & definitely very difficult to chance upon this colour.
Just what lengths would Heritage Gems go to, to ensure your piece of bespoke jewellery is truly fine quality? No matter big or small, our aim is to provide the best quality for your dollar.
Featured below is a small rubellite ring. Though small, it is of exceptional colour and extremely eye-clean – i.e.: fine quality. For those who are unaware, rubellite tourmaline is generally heavily included. About as heavily included as emeralds.
This piece however, is 100% eye-clean.
Nice colours for Rubellites should include the raspberry overtones, making it special and differentiating it from the mainstream pink tourmaline. As seen in the above photo, this piece has a captivating raspberry hue. “Raspberry” colour has indicated by Pantone.
Commercial Quality Rubellite Tourmaline
Above is an example of commercial quality Rubellite Tourmaline. Colour and lustre is not quite spectacular and also notice the large inclusion across the middle of the gemstone.
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Colour-matching service is exclusive only for our special VIP clients.
Our client had informed us he was looking for a unheated sapphire ring to match his wife’s existing earrings. Colour matching in 100% natural unheated gemstones is extremely difficult, especially when sourced at different times. Simply because no two natural colours are the same. Similarly, no twins are exactly the same, – there’s always a slight difference.
This ring is special in its colour. 100% eye-clean, this 2.12ct sapphire is almost electric blue under natural gentle morning sun. One of our most remarkable pieces by far. Unheated, of course.
Our client has a keen eye for fine quality gems. His “budget” allowed for even dark, royal blue sapphires. However, he simply insisted on a medium, almost electric-blue sapphire ring for his wife, to match her existing earrings. We needed some time.
After much sourcing and hunting, we found this that thankfully met his requirements.
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Why propose with a boring colourless diamond when you can mark that special occasion with a gem that is possibly more rare than a diamond?
Frankly, is one diamond that is D colour, IF clarity that much different from another D colour, IF clarity? At most jewellers, you would have at least 2 of the same “D, IF” quality to choose from. Main difference is possibly only in size/shape.
True to Heritage Gems quality, this piece features a 5.04ct unheated blue sapphire. Our client wanted to propose with no less than an unheated blue sapphire. He found his answer with us. After some deliberation on the choice of sapphire and design, our client decided that the sapphire he had chosen was stunning on its own. Hence, he picked a timeless and elegant design, as seen below.
In a nice deep royal blue with such stunning lustre, set in 18K white gold, flanked by icy-white diamonds that is eye-catching even from a distance.