Gem Blast: Imperial Garnet Voeu

Oh Voeu…one of my first stock designs, the Voeu is always going to have a special role in my life.

You’ve seen the padparadascha sapphire version already, and if you’re following me on social media, you might have seen a hint of another one that came into my life recently.

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In case you haven’t seen it before, here is a quick refresher course – stunning in white gold with rose gold accents, the center sapphire shines as the centerpiece of a composition.

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While I originally thought that this stone wasn’t terribly different from the padparadscha sapphire in color, boy was I wrong! The color of the stone is almost the same as rose gold, and as a result, I decided I wanted to contrast it just a bit with the metal color while still keeping the warmth of colored gold.

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18kt yellow gold can appear brassy sometimes, and I felt like it had the potential to overwhelm the delicate balance of brown and peach in the garnet, so instead I chose to go with 14kt yellow gold – something a bit more subtle.

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And of course I had to keep up with my unexpected touches – a surprise diamond hidden on either side of the gallery of the setting.

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Look at the warmth of that gold with the light shining through it! Reminds me of sunshine…

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Metal Color and Flow

This is sort of a random topic, but because I’ve recently been working on two stones where the metal color has really been dictated by the center stone, I have been wanting to talk about it because I’ve been thinking about it so freaking much!

I don’t like to have a lot of contrast in the pieces I create, and would prefer that they flow together and use a metal that works best for the stone. Stones that don’t have a single hue or that color shift take extra special consideration, because metal color can clash with the various different colors of the stone.

The two stones I’ve been working with are padparadscha sapphires, one that is more pink and one that is more orange. So there isn’t one way to approach both stones, because while they are from the same color family, they are really more like cousins than siblings due to how they react in different lighting. Therefore different colors of metal suits each stone’s mood in a distinctive way.

Both stones pop against white metal, but not every light situation suits the stones, and in those, the white metal can end up detracting rather than enhancing. They ended up looking great in all lighting situations, both complemented best with yellow gold, but blended in the most with rose gold.

I approach choosing metal colors for each stone very carefully. Deliberation and studying the stone in various lighting situations and against the metals is key. I don’t often like to have a strong contrast between metal and stone, preferring instead to harmonize between the stone and the metal. I often will post stones against a certain color of metal to instagram to get a feel for what other people enjoy and I’m often surprised at the opinions.

These sapphires will be set in settings from the ring part of my jewelry line. So unfortunately that means I can’t quite share them just yet. I’m currently aiming for an early 2016 launch date, but that could change since it’s still 6 months out!

I decided to go with an image of a sketch instead of the usual gemstone photo. Here’s a marquise in a halo. I should probably see if this stone (a green garnet) is still for sale, so I can make this come to life!

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