Sunday, July 13, 2008

romancing the stone: the different and the same (part three)

When I first started with one foot into the jewellery world, I soon learnt that the number of different gemstones in the world today was vast, but only a limited range of stones are commonly seen in the jewellery world. I was told that there were many reasons for this, and they included a) the hardness of the stone; some stones were too soft to be set or drilled as they would break; b) the rarity of the stone which thus confined them only within a very small gemstone collector circle; c) the aesthetic demand of the stone in question.

And yet, what surprised and impressed me was that the sheer diversity within each category of stones. Saying something was an aquamarine and giving the physical dimensions of the stone meant absolutely nothing. It could mean blue, green or grey and a hundred million shades in betweeen. It could be clean, mossy, dendritic, opaque, translucent, cracked and a combination of any of these terms.

santa monica blue aquamarine rondelles; photo was not digitally enhanced in any way.

blue-green free form-cut aquamarines, heavily included with tiny black dendrites

another santa monica blue example; a matched princess-cut pair

And when a single type of gemstone - aquamarines in this case - was set in jewellery, the possibilities were quite endless. Below's a sneak peak at how aquamarines can look so amazingly different. (To be continued...)

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