A truly unique engagement ring. Medium electric blue unheat sapphire in a 18K pink gold setting. Not very obvious at first glance that it is set in 18K pink gold. However, do a quick flip of the finger, and the subtle hint of pink gold becomes obvious. The devil is in the details.
This saturated “electric” blue sapphire has a slightly “creamy” lustre and a colour so intense, it beautifully complements that pinkish hue of the ring setting.
Unheat sapphires in this intense blue colour in large sizes (sizes larger than 4 cts) is becoming so increasingly difficult to source. When one chances upon this shade of intense “electric” blue, size and shape as determining criteria start to take a backseat. Quality of a fine gemstone is determined largely by colour, clarity and lustre.
Below: Unheat medium “electric” blue loupe-clean sapphire set in 18K Pink Gold
Green never fails to exude an air of mystery – and like all coloured gemstones, no 2 shades of coloured gemstones are exactly the same. Herein lies the beauty of coloured gemstones.
Here, we have paired a green tourmaline with green tsavorites for our client. The green tourmaline displays a beautiful moss-green, which nicely balances the apple-green of the tsavorites.
When pairing more than one colour or hue on the same piece of jewellery, if not done properly, could appear gaudy. Hence, when trying to create fine jewellery involving multiple shades of colours, it is best done under the discussion and consultation of a jewellery professional.
The perfect gift for a baby’s christening, full month or one year birthday – wearing of a baby shoe charm bears the significance of keeping your loved one safe as she takes her first step into the big world.
Above: Baby shoe pendant in 18K rose gold, diamonds and 18K rose & white gold weave chain
Above: Baby shoe pendant in 18K white gold and diamonds with 18K white gold chain
Featured here is a yellow sapphire ring set in a 3D spiral concept in 18K white gold and diamonds. Unique, beautiful and an eye-catcher from all angles.
Each spoke is individually hand welded onto the frame of the ring, which is then followed by a diamond at the end of each spoke. Seated in the centre is a round yellow sapphire, akin to a budding flower.
Our feature this month focuses on setting and design. Our client is truly someone special who chose to be unique and dared to be different. By proposing with a tension set engagement ring! Not only was the setting and design unique, the shape of the gem itself was special.
Below is a trillion shape Rhodolite Garnet tension set with 2 large side diamonds in 18K white gold. Rhodolite garnets typically exhibit a slight tinge of purple/violet. This particular rhodolite has no purple/violet, instead is a beautiful deep red colour. The 2 sides of gold work on either ends of the rhodolite seems to magically hold and suspend the garnet mid-air.
For someone looking for a contemporary, minimalist and unique setting, this engagement ring ticks all the checkboxes.
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.
Side Profile 1
Side Profile 2
Top View 1
Top View 2
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.
An unusual 7ct mint-coloured blue zircon flanked by over 2cts of icy-white brilliant diamonds.
** Zircons are not to be confused with cubic zirconia, which is a synthetic material. Zircons are neither synthetic nor man-made – they are a 100% naturally-occurring gemstone, with its origins traditionally from Cambodia and Myanmar.
Need we say more? The design of this ring, though simple, is a head-turner in every way. The large side diamonds complement the beauty of this zircon. Baguette diamonds on both sides of the ring shank lend a contemporary twist to the design, creating a style that is unique to our client.