Garnets have good hardness and durability and come in various colours. The gemstone & jewellery industry dedicates a special mention to the Mandarin Spessatite, which ranges from a orange to yellow-orange to deep reddish-orange or a deep orange-red colour. And within this special class of garnets called the Mandarin Spessatites, there is a special locale that produces that signature Tangerine Orange colour. These are the ones from Namibia. In a class of its own.
Namibia produces Spessartites that come in a bright, fiery orange colour. Pure tangerine orange. Not too much yellow, not too much red. Just pure orange, like Tangerines.
It is the Manganese compound that gives the gemstone that bright orange colour. It is best to view Mandarin Spessartites in daylight, as viewing them in yellow light or store light might result in the Spessartite looking more warm in tone than it actually is, making it seem more “orange-y” than it really is.
Below is a stunning, customised set of Mandarin Spessartite jewellery.
What Mandarin Spessatites are famous for is their high lustre, brilliance and best of all, they are normally unheated and untreated. While Mandarin Spessatites do come with some natural inclusions visible to the eye, it is possible to source those that are relatively eye-clean.
Featuring a unique and beautiful Sapphire in our Signature Snowflake design. In their mission in find a special engagement ring that will commemorate their time spent in Singapore, this lovely couple chanced upon our bespoke custom service of handcrafting fine quality jewellery.
Their request was to find a beautiful unheated, untreated sapphire that would catch the eye of this very lucky lady. As her now-fiancee had put it, they were looking for a sapphire that would match the color of her eyes. Alternatively, they were hoping to find a shade of blue that reminds them of the ocean.
As always, design discussion always begins with first understanding the aesthetic preferences of the client, and we match that with the centre stone in question.
This unheated sapphire, set in our Signature Snowflake design, with marquise and round diamonds, there is no better way to capture this Christmas proposal and wedding. Often, snowflake designs involve centre stones which are usually round in shape. However, when the centre piece is a cushion shape piece, the traditional snowflake using marquise diamonds would create awkward angles in ring.
Their next request was to have their wedding bands handcrafted by our master craftsmen. They were quite specific in having this memorable keepsake entirely handmade. In a hammer-effect, unlike most hammered-style bands found in retail stores, there is nothing orderly nor machine-accurate about this style.
At the year end of 2016, this lovely couple brought their wedding jewellery set back to San Francisco where they tied the knot in the San Francisco City Hall.
Below: The couple had very kindly shared a photo of their wedding jewellery taken at the San Francisco City Hall.
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This beautiful, customised wedding band set gives new meaning to the term: Trilogy Wedding Band Set.
Our client who had first customised her unheated sapphire engagement ring with us had subsequently requested a 2-piece stackable diamond wedding band in 18K Rose Gold. This stack allows the bride to wear them singly or together on one 1 finger or one band on each finger.
The groom-to-be had requested for a truly unique wedding band. Looking for a design that reminds him of a river stream and more importantly, preferring a raw, organic look.
Set in a industrial, raw, and unpolished natural gold finish; this wedding band is truly a one-of-a-kind design. As the groom says “no matter which direction I turn my ring, no two facets are the same. So everyday, I see something new. It is truly a unique piece.”
Every element of this entire engagement-cum-wedding band set is 100% natural and borne out of Mother Nature. From the alloy used to create the natural gold band, to the diamonds and finally, the unheated, untreated sapphire.
Truly a romantic and beautiful trilogy wedding band set.
When it comes such a fine quality gem this brilliant, one does not need a spectacular design to dress up the ring. Its colour, brilliance, lustre, sparkle speaks for itself.
A royal blue unheat sapphire with brilliance and lustre unparalleled, it is becoming exceedingly difficult even for gem connoisseurs to find such quality in today’s market.
In the not so distant past (just a few years ago), it was not uncommon to hear of and see top fine quality sapphires available in sizes more than 5 cts. Today, in the year 2015, fine quality unheated sapphires of such unparalleled beauty in sizes above 3 ct is becoming very difficult to source.
Below is a 3.2ct unheat sapphire we wished we had never let go. It is a bittersweet parting, because it will be a long time before we can source something of comparable quality.
Every once in a while, there is the possibility to create something magical. A pair of unheated blue sapphire ear studs.
For ladies who love adorning their ears with that extra bling, will know the difficulty in sourcing for a matching pair of coloured gemstones. Yet indeed, we were able to match a pair of unheated blue sapphires!
Almost royal blue in colour, an unheated pair of blue sapphires is very rare. Mother Nature was definitely being very kind as unheated blue sapphires, as a singular piece, is already difficult to source. What more a pair?
Our client was after a simple pair of blue sapphire ear studs that she could wear a little more often. Something simple, elegant, yet fine quality. Notice the fine milgrain on the edges of the gold work? – this lends an air of vintage appeal to the ear studs. Very pretty indeed.
With so many choices of gemstones out there, why stick to just sapphires for an engagement ring?
Spinels have long been used in fine jewellery. With lustre and brilliance that is comparable and sometimes even rivals that of sapphires, it is not surprising that its popularity has been rising in recent years as people become more aware of this precious gem. Unlike sapphires, spinels are typically unheated as well.
Since ancient times, spinels have long been used on royalty crowns and jewels. And back when technology was not as advanced, people often mistook spinels for corundums (sapphires/rubies) because of its high lustre, being very similar to sapphires.
As far as hardness on the MOH scale, spinels do not fall far behind sapphires, which makes them just as suitable as engagement rings and rings that one would wear on a more regular occasion.
Set in 18K rose gold that beautifully complements the deep red of this spinel, this spinel engagement ring is definitely one of a kind.
There is something soothing about looking into the green of an emerald. In a class of its own, wearing an emerald ring instantly lends class and sophistication to its wearer. Typical of colombian emeralds, the glow of green is a very soothing, calming deep green.
Emeralds are usually heavily included. Hence, finding one that is as eye-clean as possible such that it does not impede on the lustre of the gem can be tricky and difficult.
Our client wanted to set a colombian emerald in a beautiful vintage style setting, set in 18K white gold. Truly pretty!
A very attractive light medium blue sapphire makes it difficult to say no to this engagement ring.
Our client was searching for a beautiful light to medium coloured blue sapphire flanked by relatively large side diamonds (though not quite a 3-stone ring setting).
This sapphire (almost 4 cts) is very well-cut with all facets reflecting the right amount of light, it leaves no part of the sapphire dull nor dim. Simply mesmerising lustre and brilliance in this unheated light/medium blue sapphire makes this piece a one-of-a-kind engagement ring. Loupe clean with even colour throughout makes this unheated sapphire rare in today’s market.
No artificial light has been used in the making of video below and photograph of the ring. Only natural daylight.