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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Unheated bespoke Sapphire earrings. An exceptional pair, for a discerning client. Bespoke jewellery at its finest quality.
2 pairs of matching unheated sapphire earrings is very rare. All 4 pieces totalling near 16cts.
Deep royal inky blue sapphires topped with ice-blue sapphires make for an elegant statement pair of earrings. All we can say is that the owner of this pair of earrings is one very lucky lady.
Sourcing for 2 pairs of unheated Sapphires is no easy feat and does require abit of time and luck. Loupe clean and matched pieces in size and colour are so rare.
Set in a design that is classy and elegant, never goes out of style and simply spells luxury. Customised jewellery allows the owner to commemorate special occasions with something unique to themselves. It brings meaning to customise your own piece, rather than buying a piece off the shelf or ready-made. Because even the finest detail can be tailored to one’s preference. For instance, this client wanted the top pieces to be in a much lighter shade of blue than the bottom row. Thereby creating a nice contrast of colours. This is possible with customised jewellery.
Handcrafted in Singapore by our master craftsmen, with precision detailing on wearability, functionality and comfort, there is no denying that this pair of unheated bespoke Sapphire earrings is to be looked after, for her next generation.
Inspiration for other customised pieces right here below:
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.
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.
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.