Thursday, November 11, 2010
Some Enchanted Earrings
Surprisingly not all gems end up with polished facets to flaunt their glory. Sapphires, emeralds and rubies among other precious stones have been carved into floral motifs and other meaningful shapes for centuries. Far Eastern cultures like ancient India and early Persia were masters at this art form. Therefore some pretty astonishing jewels from antiquity have bedazzled jewelry lovers who have been privy to get up close and personal with them at auction or while visiting museums.
Carved jewels are usually larger than their faceted counterparts owing to the fact that the artisan will endeavor to utilize the original crystal form to its greatest advantage. That's good news for scholars and jewel buffs who want to see how big the original stone was in the rough.
The trillion shaped exquisitely carved rubies were the scene stealer in these dangle earrings also featuring rose cut diamonds and creating an elegant fusion of antique and modern. Brilliant touch.
Earrings: Victorian inspired Amrapali carved ruby and rose cut diamonds, SRP: $11,380
Photo Courtesy: D'Orazio and Associates