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.
When is a sapphire not a sapphire? When it's red, because then it's a ruby!
Both gemstones are a variety of corundum, a crystalline form of aluminum oxide, a mineral second in hardness only to diamond.
Known in Sanskrit as Ratnaraj, the king of gems, rubies have been a treasured gemstone for centuries. The first reference of the stone dates back to 200 B.C., from the literature of the northern Silk Road where they were transported from China to Persia.
Rubies have been used throughout history to adorn the armor, scabbards, harnesses, and crowns of nobles, kings, and queens. Until the 20th century, the ruby was thought to be more valuable than the diamond. It is the birthstone for July and the symbol for love, vivacity, power, and passion.
Rubies are found in Tanzania, Kenya, Pakistan, Montana, North and South Carolina, and under the ice shelf in Greenland.
Burma has always been known as the source of the deep pigeon blood ruby, the most prized color in the ruby world. However, due to the Burmese government's egregious human rights record, Congress passed the Block Burmese JADE Act in October of 2008. Although the U.S. did have a ban on the trade of Burmese gems, this measure closed an important loophole that had allowed the import of Burmese gems via third countries, such as India.
The sapphire, most commonly known as a deep blue gemstone, actually has a fascinating range of color. Almost every color of the rainbow exists naturally in sapphires. A rare color-change sapphire exhibits blue in natural light and a violet-purple in artificial light.
Some stones contain inclusions of small rutile needles that exhibit a property called asterism. This effect produces the "...star sapphire, displayed only in a cabochon cut, and can have six to twelve rays emanating from its center."
The finest specimens of sapphire were mined in Kashmir, Northern India in the late 1800's to about 1920. Today they are imported from Eastern Australia, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and are also found in Montana and North Carolina.
September is the month of the sapphire. In legend and folklore the stone is said to work as an anti-depressant and act as an aid in telepathy, clairvoyance, and astral projection. So whether you are feeling a bit down, want to know what's going on, or feel the need to get the heck off the planet, a piece of sapphire jewelry might be just what you need!
Wild natural Samoan pearls in white, gray, and black are ornamented with diamond pave rondelles .30 ctw. and finished with a 14kt white gold ball clasp...the preciousness of these ocean treasures is undeniable, in the face of a changing seascape.
Samoa is a chain of islands situated halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. Samoa gained its independence in 1962; more than 90% of its population is Samoan.
Approximate length: 18"
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
An over-the-top stack for the very long-fingered, the Tower of Power has it all. Opals, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds in a combination of 18kt gold, 22kt gold, and 24kt gold...a combination that brings to mind the glory of the Renaissance.
R1226 Venetian Tide 22kt Gold Granulated Band $1495
RC420 Black Opal 22kt Gold Ring SOLD
R1052A Diamond 18kt Gold Vesta Band $2800
RR0102-2a Ruby 18kt Gold Eternity Band $1990
R1053 Diamond 18kt Gold Venus Band $2260
GEARA41 Emerald 22kt Gold Band SOLD
R1052A Diamond 18kt Gold Vesta Band $2800
RR1223 Yellow Diamond 18kt White Gold Eternity Band SOLD
R1035f Ruby 18kt Gold Circle of Wreaths $1485
Please inquire for prices and availability.