Playful – check! √
Colorful – check! √
Sparkling – checkcheck! √√
Bypass rings, like this rose gold, sapphire and diamond piece created for a client at Gallery of Jewels, are a fun way to display a duo of gemstones that have a personal meaning. Perhaps they showcase the birthstones of your two beloved children. They could symbolize you and your partner in perfect harmony. Or maybe, you’re drawn to the playful open design and have two favorite gems you’d love to display. Any way you slice it, this freeform design is sure to start a conversation.
I meet lots of lovely couples in my line of work. Sarah and Robalyn are a top-notch example. Couples often come to my studio to design rings together, but for their project each party commissioned a ring unbeknownst to the other.
Sarah reached out to me in January to create a solitaire for Robalyn. She caught me just in time for my annual gem-buying trip in Tucson. With her color palette in mind I was able to sift through vendor after vendor, and parcel after parcel until I picked out just the right diamond for their needs. We set it in 14k yellow gold with a flat, hammered band.
Robalyn returned the favor by creating this ocean-toned band for Sarah. We selected a handful of sapphires in blues, greens, and silvers and agreed on a layout for them to be set into a 14k yellow gold band. We pulled in the same hammered texture from her solitaire ring so the finished pieces would feel related.
Once the cats had been let out of their respective bags, the lovely couple sent me this snap of the two rings resting together along the California Coast. Congratulations Sarah Robalyn!
The lookbook for my 2015 Bridal Collection is finally live! So much went into creating, painting, and styling this shoot. I’m very proud to share this labor of love.
You can view the full collection of images here.
[Stay tuned for a behind the scenes look at those massive watercolor paintings!]
Many belated posts are headed to the blog this week highlighting the secret (and not-so-secret) projects from the final months of 2014. I had so many custom designs across my workbench during the holidays and creating them was incredible way to wrap the year. Now that the proposals and gift-givings have passed, it’s safe for me to sit down and recount all of the personalized designs that went to loving homes during the winter months.
First up… a special wedding band set!
You may recall this deep blue beauty from the engagement of Matt and Lyndsay earlier in 2014. The couple wed in November at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. To compliment her rose gold ring, we crafted a blue sapphire crescent band which contoured to her center sapphire. Matt opted for a comfortable, flat Tam Wedding Band with gently rounded edges and textured finish.
A full bridal offering has been something on my mind (and on my to-do list) for quite some time. Over the past year I have worked through prototypes, traveled to hand select diamonds and gems, carved, cast, and experimented. The culmination of this hard work and my ever-growing vision is something I am so honored to finally share with you.
Gallery of Jewels has been so gracious to offer me a slot in their Summer of Love Bridal Event to launch the new collection in style. From July 11th through 27th you can visit the entire grouping (over 50 rings and bands!) in person at their 24th Street Gallery. Best of all, they’ll be hosting a special event with me on Saturday, July 12th, where you can pick my brain about all things bridal. I hope to see you there!