Tuesday, April 7, 2015

No Two Alike--- the Originality of Natural Gemstones

Like People Gems Are Each Unique

Colored gemstones are a natural occurrence created in secret hundreds of miles below the surface of the earth in often mysterious circumstances. What we do know for sure is that they are a lovely confluence of chemical properties and countless factors that happened to be in the right place at the right time.


Something Added Makes All the Difference
As such, they are never exactly the same as their same species grown elsewhere. Geology plays a huge roll in the coloration of the stone. Added to that, minute particles of other elements can intrude upon a stone in formation and alter its color.

Tiffany--Artisan in Jewels
Such is the case with the superb Art Nouveau circa 1914-27 necklace by Tiffany. The hero of this fabulous piece is a stellar asymmetrical pear shaped sapphire drop. 

Chemistry in Action
Take a close look at the central gemstone in Tiffany's pendant. Nature produced 2 separate tints on the same sapphire. Certain elements present during its formation colored this gemstone a sumptuous plum hue in addition it its blue tint. It's not the only stone to produce 2 or more distinct colors on the same stone. But this magnificent and pricey sapphire is still a bit of a rarity. 



Monday, March 23, 2015

Romantic Pairing---Rose & Chocolates


Goes Together 
Imaginative jewelry is an amalgam inventive design, sensational gemstones and lustrous metals. Newer pairings like rose gold and chocolate diamonds are a can't miss combo. Just like Christina Hendricks proves redheads can wear red . . . . so we also find that the rosy hues found in both rose gold, (sometimes called pink or red gold) and warm brown diamonds are perfection worn on her.


History of Brownies
Brown diamonds have always been around. But they didn't always enjoy the wide adoration that they do today. Many of the most beautiful specimens are sourced from the Argyle mines in NSW Australia. Once they became the darlings of the jewelry world, they started getting luscious names attached to them like chocolate, cognac, champagne and more.


Haven't I Seen You Somewhere Before?
Rose gold is an alloy of gold and copper--hence the blushing tint that lends an extra special quality to the precious metal. It was popular in the 1920s especially with men's wristwatches. But it's found a loyal fan base once again since it offers an uncommon addition to a special piece of jewelry.



Oh Those Mad Men
Christina Hendricks wears LeVian rose gold rings with chocolate diamonds to the Man Men special screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The perfect venue for enjoying the mid century window of life on New York's Madison Avenue as captured in the wildly popular Mad Men series.

Jewelry from LeVian; Images Courtesy: D'Orazio & Associates

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Luscious Orangey-Yellow Citrine

Clearly it's understandable why Citrine bears its fruity name. This quartz variety ranges in color from a cool pale yellow to  a bright lemony tint. . . and even lemon-lime on occasion to the deeply saturated orange-y hue seen here in a wonderfully important pendant necklace done up well by Henry Dunay.

This yellow gold neck piece spotlights an emerald cut citrine gemstone flanked by emeralds and accented with white diamonds for a spectacular effect.

This rich jewel was extremely en vogue during the Art Deco era. Between the 1920s to early 1940s, it wasn't really well known. And that increased its desirability. People fortunate enough to see these sparkly stones were enthralled by their bold color and exotic appeal.


Mid 20th century film star Joan Crawford was known for wearing her own pricey jewelry in the films she made. Actually, that was a pretty common occurrence in those days.

Today however, the stars are wearing 'paste' or jewels that look like the real thing--and this done of course so that the sky's the limit on what can be used in movies and also as an insurance consideration.

The famous jewel suite pictured here belonging to Joan Crawford, was called topaz at that time. However they were actually an extravagant set of bright yellow citrine.

We think this stone  still has star power in the 21st century!