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Norah Pierson 1940 - 2007

Norah Pierson 1940 - 2007

In the late sixties, Norah Pierson, just back from studying art and jewelry making in Italy, began an apprenticeship with master jeweler Joseph Nolen in Laguna Beach, California. In 1971 she opened her own custom jewelry store, The Golden Eye. She was very successful and built a strong following but decided that Laguna Beach was getting too big. She moved to Santa Fe, reopening her store in June 1984. When she arrived in Santa Fe she hired Amy Bertelli to be her store manager. For twenty-three years, Norah and Amy made beautiful jewelry together and trained a growing support staff. Norah's dream store had become a reality. Sadly, in June of 2007, Norah passed away unexpectedly, leaving her shop and all her designs in the hands of her manager Amy Bertelli. The Golden Eye's loyal crew of bench jewelers and sales associates are upholding the legacy of Norah Pierson's distinctive designs and finishes. We continue to offer exquisite jewelry, from the golden oldies to newly inspired designs, all hand made by our highly skilled team in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Silvio Mazzarese

Silvio Mazzarese

Silvio Mazzarese was born in Tunisia to a family of Italian jewelers. His father and uncle had a jewelry store in Tunis, and then in Rome.
The family moved to Nice, France where Silvio went to jewelry school. In 1982 Silvio moved to the United States.
He honed his skills in Kansas City and San Francisco before falling in love with the beauty, open spaces, and people of New Mexico.
Silvio became a member of The Golden Eye family where he was influenced by Norah Pierson's opulent, old world aesthetic for over ten years. He continued to work with The Golden Eye until 2008.
He and his family now live in Vermont. He continues to provide The Golden Eye with his iconic designs.
Sharon Sorken

Sharon Sorken

"Prior to moving to Santa Fe, I lived in Westchester County, New York working as a knitwear designer for Artyarns, a luxury yarn company. My recent move to Santa Fe has both impressed and inspired me with the exciting and creative work on display by the many local artisans. I have now become interested in designing beaded jewelry, especially crochet bead work. There is no limit to the colors, textures, materials, and designs that I am able to work with. Along with the many types of beads I use, I enjoy working with 24kt gold plated beads, and stones such as tourmaline, sapphire, and ruby. Some of my jeweled patterns are based on nature, including patterns that are
inspired by snakes in the area. I feel fortunate to be able to do the work that I love and to have it shown at The Golden Eye."
Keith Berge

Keith Berge

The Golden Eye has had the privilege of representing artist Keith Berge for several years. His attention to detail and design are highly regarded in the world of goldsmithing.

"The primary influences in my work arise from a lifelong fascination with history and a desire to better understand the technical and artistic motivations and challenges of the past. As such, the majority of my work is an effort to pay tribute to the amazingly talented ancient craftsmen drawing heavily on Minoan, Sumerian, Etruscan, Greek, and Roman influences. Humans have adorned themselves with jewelry for at least 30,000 years but the introduction of metals into jewelry is relatively recent, only becoming widespread in the past 7000 years. Sadly, many of the techniques used by the ancients to create their masterpieces have been lost due to rapid advances in technology and the ability to inexpensively mass produce items. It is my goal to keep the old ways alive, recreating by hand, often painstakingly, pieces that are similar or identical to the pieces made thousands of years ago. Although the tools I use are better than those of the Bronze Age Etruscan craftsman, the challenges are comparable. My medium of choice is high karat gold because it imparts a soft, rich luster to my pieces, providing a look suggestive of an ancient and regal past.

In addition to my goldsmithing, I have a 'day job' as an anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic. While I love this career with the academic and social outlets it provides, the greatest joy of my day comes when I can sit at my workbench to recreate the wonders of the ancient past."

Bracelets

Buzzing In The Flowers Bracelet

You will be charmed for life by our Buzzing in the Flowers Bracelet, in 18kt gold with chipper white diamonds .19 ctw. featuring a nifty tongue and groove Golden Eyebox clasp.

Approximate length: 7.75"

Cognac Diamond Ojo Bracelet

The subtle but unmistakable glimmer of cognac diamonds lights up this 18kt gold link bracelet. Each link is decorated with tiny gold beads for a delicate effect. The bracelet is secured with a Golden Eyebox clasp carved with our logo, the Eye of Horus. The Eye of Horus is an Egyptian symbol that confers royalty, protection, and good health upon the wearer (also available with a toggle clasp).

Approximate length: 7"

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Stellar Golden Beryl Drops

The very best in bling! Shimmering golden beryls 6.75 ctw. reign from the center of peachy bezel set spessartine garnets 2.43 ctw...flashing sea foam demantoid garnets .14 ctw. anchor juicy orange garnet teardrops .64 ctw., all in satiny 18kt gold.

Approximate length: 1.25"

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Golden Beryl and Diamond Moondrops

Brilliant golden beryls are bezeled in 18kt gold and trimmed with gold beads and white diamonds .06 ctw.

Approximate length: .75"

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Golden Beryl Aphrodite Drops

Our 18kt gold Aphrodite Drops are resplendent with brilliant golden beryls 1.74 ctw. and blazing white diamonds .24ctw.

Approximate length: 1"

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Golden Beryl Kami Drops

Here's a pair of showstoppers...brilliant golden beryls 13.36 ctw.are bezeled in 18kt gold and punctuated with airy green sapphires .92 ctw., white diamonds .12 ctw. and cognac diamonds .05 ctw.

Approximate length: 1.5"

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Round Top Diamond Teardrops

Softly domed micro pave teardrops are fitted with 22kt gold details.

Approximate length: 1.75"

Shown on our Large Diamond Pave Hoops (sold separately).
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Prasiolite Teardrops

Celadon-hued prasiolite teardrops are fitted with 18kt gold bails.

Approximate length: .75"

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Golden Flash Sapphire Pillow Drops

Golden Flash Sapphire Pillow Drops

Golden Flash rosecut sapphires 7.33 ctw. in a warm, sable hue are bezeled in 18kt gold and trimmed with glittering cognac diamonds .06 ctw. and dainty white diamonds.

Approximate length: .875"

Shown on our Sea Serpent Hoops (sold separately).
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Indicolite Tourmaline Beaded Teardrops

What is it about women and blue-green? Is it our affinity for mermaids...our appreciation for ambiguity...or the fact that this color is flattering on absolutely everybody??? Voluptuous indicolite teardrop cabochons 12.13 ctw. are crowned with bezel set white diamonds .18 ctw. and gold beads...all in lustrous 18kt gold.

Approximate length: 1"

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Pink Peruvian Opal Teardrops

Pink Peruvian opals 25 ctw. in a very becoming shade are bezeled and beaded in 18kt gold.

Approximate length: 1"

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Black Diamond Teardrops

Will you reach for them all the time? Yes. Will they take you from day to night and back again? Yes. Can you pass them by? You will have to be the judge of that...glimmering rose cut black diamonds 10.28 ctw. are bezeled in a combination of 18kt and 22kt gold and finished with simple bezels.

Approximate length: .75"

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Point Top Diamond Teardrops

A classic deco shape is micro paved in oxidized silver with tiny diamonds...finished in 22kt gold.

Approximate length: 1.25"

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Black Diamond Empress IV Drops

The 18kt gold Black Diamond Empress IV Drops are sensational adornments, thanks to voluminous rose cut diamond 19.5 ctw. teardrops spangled with dazzling white diamonds .53 ctw.... backed with golden twelve-pointed stars with white diamond centers.

Approximate length: 1.25"

Shown on our Diamond Pave Hoops (sold separately).
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Majesta Sapphire Clusters

Exotic, dramatic, and glamorous...cascading golden sapphire beads 43.41 ctw. are set with micro pave diamond beads and bright white diamonds .24 ctw. in 18kt gold.

Approximate length: 2.5" (shoulder dusters!)

Shown on our Large Pyrite Hoops (sold separately).
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Spiny Nautilus Drops

And yet another reason why The Golden Eye is your one-stop- mermaid-shop...opulent 18kt gold Spiny Nautilus Drops will make you flip your tail!

Approximate length: 1"

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Riviera Top South Sea Pearls

Glowing golden South Sea pearls are tethered to our 18kt gold Riviera tops.

Approximate length: 1"

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Diamond Riviera Top South Sea Pearls

Our charming 18kt gold Riviera tops are peppered with white diamonds .18 ctw. and joined with perfect plump golden South Sea pearls.

Approximate length: 1"

Shown on our Diamond Cypress Hoops (sold separately).
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Rhodocrosite Horseshoe Drops

Rhodocrosite 9.86 ctw. teardrops, ripe like the flesh of a cara cara orange, are tethered to our white diamond .10 ctw. Horseshoe Drops in 18kt gold.

Approximate length: 1"

Shown on our Brown Diamond Pave Hoops (sold separately).
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Serpentine Oblio Drops

Soft chartreuse teardrops are gracefully tethered to our 18kt gold Oblio bails.

Approximate length: .75"

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Green Tourmaline Geneva Drops

Dark jungle green tourmalines over indicolite teardrops make these 18kt gold Geneva Drops highly desirable.

Approximate length: 1.25"

Shown on our Large Cypress Hoops (sold separately).
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Earrings

Sphene Studs

Riotous golden sparkle emanates from cushion cut sphenes 1.29 ctw. set in 22kt and 18kt gold.

Jewelry Care

Briolettes, Teardrops, and Stone Backdrops

A briolette is an elongated pear-shaped gemstone cut with facets; a teardrop is an elongated pear-shaped gemstone without facets. Stone backdrops are flat pieces of gemstones, nacreous material, or fossils. All of these drop styles require special care to protect them from being dropped or scratched by hard surfaces; some of them are unsuitable for cleaning in an ultrasonic. If you have any questions, please call us (505-984-0040).

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Rose Cut Gems

Rose Cut Gems

The term "rose cut" is heard more and more often when describing gemstones utilized in the jewelry industry. The Golden Eye has been using this cut for many years
What exactly is rose cut? It is a method of faceting gemstones so that the base of the stone is wide and flat with no facets; the top of the stone is domed and cut with triangular facets. These facets mimic the progressively tighter spiral of a rose, hence the name.

Most rose cuts are round, oval, or pear-shaped, but jewelers are experimenting with a variety of creative designs.

The rose cut was first introduced in the 16th century. A century later the cut had gained great acceptance and the facet arrangements became less random. Variations were based on multiples of six; six faceted roses, eighteen faceted roses, and the full rose, which consists of eighteen facets and then an upper tier of six facets.

The brilliant cut supplanted the rose cut in the 19th century but the rose cut returned at the turn of the 20th century, when the inspiration from Baroque styles drove jewelry designs. It once again fell from favor after 1910 when styles moved toward Art Deco.

For almost a century the rose cut was in retirement, but has reemerged with great momentum. Once used primarily for diamonds, the cut lends itself to many other gemstones. The look of the rose cut is softer and somewhat more natural looking than traditional faceted stones. Paired with 18kt or 22kt gold, a rose cut gem can become a timeless piece of jewelry.

Please visit our website to view many examples of rose cut jewelry.
Diamonds

Diamonds

April's birthstone, the diamond, historically symbolizes lasting love and friendship. Early Egyptians believed that the vana amoris, the vein of love, ran from the heart directly to the third finger on the left hand. We wear our engagement and wedding rings on our third finger to this day.
Recently, diamonds have been under close scrutiny by consumers, jewelers, and governments due to the exposure of conflict diamonds. The Kimberley Process is a UN mandated certification system that prevents rough diamonds mined from an area of conflict from entering the legitimate diamond supply chain. Today, 75 countries are members of the Kimberley Process, ensuring that more than 99% of diamonds available today are from conflict free sources.
At The Golden Eye, we really care about the origin of the diamonds we work with. We use a lot of "unconventional" diamonds, like rose cuts, natural cubes, macles, and diamond beads. These varieties are just now becoming popular within the mainstream jewelry industry and are naturally conflict free.
The small diamonds we use for pave and accents typically come from Australia, as do the champagne and cognac diamonds that we love so much. For more information on these diamonds, check out www.argylediamond.com.au


We have had a lot of fun the last few years with black diamonds. Black diamonds are found in Central Africa and Brazil. There is a well respected theory that these diamonds, called carbonado diamonds, arrived on earth in an asteroid that crashed here billions of years ago, before Africa and South America separated. Even though the diamond fields are now thousands of miles apart, they are part of the same, original deposit.
Opal and Tourmaline

Opal and Tourmaline

Water, sky, fire, and rainbows...all of these elements of nature seem to be embodied in the magnificent opal.

The opal is October's birthstone.

The Australian aborigines tell the story of the Creator coming down to earth from heaven on a rainbow to bring the message of peace to humans. Where his feet touched the ground, it became alive with opalescent color.

It is a fact that 95% of the world's opals are mined in the outback of Australia.

Opals are composed of a mineraloid gel, a mineral-like substance that does not demonstrate crystallinity as most gems do. Deposited in rock fissures, such as limonite, sandstone, or basalt, the small spheres of gel cause interference and refraction manifestations, resulting in the unique color play of the opal.

The opal is made up of at least 3% water, but can have a water content as high as 20%. It can become brittle when stored dry, and the color play may pale when exposed to heat for a long period. It is best to wear your opals regularly. They need to absorb the humidity from the air and the skin. They are rated a 5.5-6 on the Mohs scale, so caution is needed in order to avoid stress and abrasion to the stone.

Ethiopian Hydrophane opals have a different relationship with humidity and oils. They are happiest when they have less contact with skin oils and perspiration.

The tourmaline is also recognized as a birthstone for October. It may be a good alternative for the person who wants to wear their jewelry a little harder . The tourmaline is 7-7.5 on the Mohs scale, making it a very durable stone.

The word tourmaline means "stone with mixed color." They are found in nature in virtually every hue of the rainbow, often with multiple colors in the same stone. The watermelon tourmaline, with three distinct colors, is one of the most fascinating specimens.

Mined mainly in Brazil and Africa, tourmaline is one of the most utilized stones in jewelry today. Rubellite describes a deep red tourmaline, Paraiba, an intense blue green, and Canary, a golden yellow. No two tourmalines are exactly alike, making them a perfect choice for one-of-a-kind pieces.

Legend has classified the tourmaline as the stone of love and friendship, rendering them firm and lasting.

Neckwear

Triple Strand Ruby Necklace

Vivid dark red rubies 60 ctw. are strung with 18kt gold beads and capped with golden cones for a luxurious look.

Approximate length: 16.5"

Pendants

Eye of Horus Spiral Pendant

The Eye of Horus symbolizes royalty, protection, and health. We, at The Golden Eye, can certainly attest to its magnetism. This version is made with 18kt gold and backed with a spiral, featuring a rose cut garnet at its center. The spiral, a symbol that appears in every culture, is found in structures as small as the double helix of DNA and as large as a galaxy.

Approximate diameter: 1"

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Mixed Metal Eye of Horus Pendant

The Eye of Horus symbolizes royalty, protection, and health. We, at The Golden Eye, can certainly attest to its magnetism. This version is made with sterling silver and 18kt gold and backed with a spiral, featuring a rose cut garnet at its center. The spiral, a symbol that appears in every culture, is found in structures as small as the double helix of DNA and as large as a galaxy.

Approximate diameter: 1"

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Sunstone Morningstar Pendant

Aventurescence is the word used to describe the ability of certain stones to look as if tiny pieces of glitter are refracting light from within the stone. Our Sunstone 3.73 cts. Morningstar Pendant is a prime example of this phenomenon and we decided to celebrate it with sixteen 18kt golden rays tipped with blazing orange sapphires .40 ctw. and shining diamonds .12 ctw.!

Approximate length: 1.5"

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Boulder Opal Slice Pendant

Veins of golden brown and iridescent purple stand out against a creamy background on this magical slice of Boulder Opal...paired with brown .08 ctw. and white diamond .06 ctw. Beaded Eclipses, and finished with a three-ring bail.

Approximate length: 2.25"

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Rutilated Quartz Portal Pendant

Rutilated quartz in a starburst pattern is backed with blue enamel resin and accented with glimmering cognac diamonds .53 ctw. and golden beads...finished in a combination of 18kt and 22kt gold.

Approximate length: 1.75"

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Portfolio

Honeycomb Ring

A most spectacular 51.46 ct., honey-colored, golden beryl is the center of this intricate ring designed by Amy Bertelli.
The sides of the honeycomb are embellished with buzzing little bees and andradite garnets.
Created in 18kt and 22kt gold, it is currently a size 6.

Snake Chain and Ashanti Cross

The Golden Eye’s Ashanti Cross, rendered in sterling silver, 22kt gold, and citrine, is a perfect foil for Sharon Sorken's snake necklace. Sorken's piece is hand-crocheted with Japanese Miyuki beads made from palladium, 24kt gold plate, and black glass, elegantly finished with 22kt gold clasp and end caps.

Beaded chain length: 16"
Ashanti Cross approximate size 1.5 x 1.5

Ambrosia Necklace

The Ambrosia Necklace is all about abundance...rose cut sapphires 52.96 ctw. in soft, translucent tones are bezel set in 18kt gold...golden kites adorned with beads and twinkling diamonds .48 ctw. add an ultra-feminine touch.

Approximate length: 16"

Diamond and Pearl Earrings

Luxurious golden South Sea pearls set with VS1 diamonds .81 ctw...These dreamy earrings are a one-of-a-kind creation by multiple award-winning Santa Fe artist, Ryan Roberts.

Mabe Pearl Necklace

Designed by Norah Pierson, a shimmering mabe pearl is set in 18kt gold with white diamonds .26 ctw. An iridescent moonstone glows at the bottom.


Approximate size: 1.75 x 1.25"

The pendant is suspended on an 18" strand of white pearls, small golden pearls, apatite, and gold beads.

Elemental Swing Ring

Designed by the inimitable Norah Pierson, this 18kt gold ring boasts a 33.67 ct. Rubellite Tourmaline, two swinging Tanzanite teardrops, artful white pave diamonds .26 ctw., and strategically placed rubies .36 ctw.

Current size 8. May be sized 7-9

Apatite Rose Cut Necklace

Carribean blue rose cut apatite stones are set with 22kt gold and white diamonds to create a gorgeous necklace....matching drops are shown on our 18kt gold Diamond Pave Hoops.

Also shown is a bright and brilliant rose cut peridot and tourmaline necklace. This piece is made from 73 carats of peridot, accented with pink and golden tourmalines.

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Rosecut Peridot and Tourmaline Necklace SOLD

Rings

Hammered Mixed Metal Cigar Bands

Classic good looks rule the day in Susan Sims' mixed metal deluxe Cigar Bands...the sterling silver and 22kt gold version is set with a golden green citrine...the other option is made in pure 22kt gold.

Rings > Gallery of Stacks

The Fempire Stack

An earthy mix of glowy browns and golds accented with twinkling white diamonds. Our Facebook fans helped us out with the name of this stack!

From top:

RR0102 White Diamond 18kt Gold Eternity Band
R1036L Roman Tile 18kt Gold Band
RC546 Golden Sheen 18kt Gold Sapphire Band
RR1217 Diamond and 22kt gold Anjelica Band
RR0102 White Diamond 18kt Gold Eternity Band

Wedding Rings

Cholla Bands

Liza Sanchez has been a jeweler with the Golden Eye for over three decades. Her Cholla Bands are inspired by our native cactus. Available in 18kt yellow gold, 18kt white gold, 18kt rose gold, and sterling silver.

Please call for sizes and color availability.

Cognac Diamond Starburst Ring

The warmth and glamor of our Cognac Diamond Starburst Ring will leave you finger-gazing for hours. A golden brown diamond .57 cts. is surrounded by flashing white diamonds .11 ctw. in 18kt gold.