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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 for her. 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 team 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.
His family moved to Nice, France where Silvio went to jewelry school.
In 1982 he 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.

Ear-rangements > Drops

Beaded Golden Beryl Moondrops

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

Approximate length: .75"

Shown on our Narrow Beaded Hoops.
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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"

Shown on our Large Narrow Beaded Hoops.
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Golden Beryl Aphrodite Drops

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

Approximate length: 1"

Shown on our Large Plain Hoops.
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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"

Shown on our Brown Diamond Cypress Hoops.
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Congolese Citrine Wands

These graceful 18kt gold wands exude a rich golden glow.

Approximate length:1.25"

Shown on our Narrow Beaded Hoops.
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Simple South Sea Pearl Drops

Our Simple South Sea Pearl Drops are just what you need for that golden glow.

Approximate length: .75"

Shown on our Diamond Pave Hoops.
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Earrings

Sea Urchin Earrings

Highly refined 18kt gold earrings inspired by the texture of a sea urchin.

Approximate size: .875" x .625"

"You Stole My Heart" Earrings

Artist Laila Ionescu has created a pair of extraordinary earrings that will steal YOUR heart! A pair of mischievous 18kt birds with pave diamonds 1.56 ctw. on their wings, tails, and breasts are spiriting away two ruby cabochon hearts 1.08 ctw.(fitted with 18kt gold posts and Omega clips).

Approximate length: 1.5"

Harvest Goddess Earrings

The 18kt Harvest Goddess earrings are based on an East Indian Amulet.

Approximate diameter: .75"

Wild Horse Earrings

Inspired by ancient Greek coins depicting horses, these 18kt gold earrings embody the majesty of this archetypal symbol.

Approximate diameter: .625"

Owl Earrings

These sophisticated earrings are an 18kt reproduction of the Greek Athena coin.

Approximate diameter: .75"

A portion of the proceeds of your purchase will benefit the Santa Fe Raptor Center.

Coptic Cross Earrings

The inspiration for these stunning earrings is the ancient Ethiopian cross. Although substantial in size, they are intentionally balanced to be very comfortable. They are fashioned from 18kt gold and set with red rubies (available with diamonds-price will vary).

Approximate size: 1.625" x .75"

Hawk Earrings

These 18kt Hawk Earrings, rendered in exquisite detail, are modeled after designs found in Egyptian iconography.

Approximate size: .625" x 1.25"

A portion of the proceeds of your purchase will benefit The Wildlife Center.

Royston Turquoise and Moonstone Earrings

The perfect earrings for the quintessential Southwestern glamor girl...beautiful specimens of Royston turquoise bezel set in 18kt gold with glittering, beaded moonstones hinged in between.

Approximate length: 2.5"

Happy Turtle Earrings

Natural lavender chalcedony is carved into happy turtles with emerald .06 ctw. and ruby .06 ctw. eyes...the detachable turtles are suspended below oval lavender chalcedony cabochons studded with watermelon-colored rubies .08 ctw., crafted in 18kt gold by Laila Ionescu.

Clip-on (posts can be added)

Approximate length (studs): .75"

Approximate length (drops): 1"

Bringing You Love Earrings

Sweet sterling silver pigeons with sparkling ruby .16 ctw. eyes set in 18kt gold deliver love in the form of juicy merlot quartz briolettes...from Laila Ionescu.

Blue Chalcedony Briolette Earrings

Jumbo blue chalcedony briolettes are more than sufficient to jump start a sexy look, but there's more...the diamond .10 ctw. studs that these babies swing from are backed with tiny 18kt gold stars...from Laila Ionescu.

Approximate length: 2.5"

Water Maiden Earrings

Evans turquoise in soft blue with a sepia matrix is paired with faceted moonstones and Australian gaspeite, and bezeled in 18kt gold.

Approximate length: 2.25"

Yellow Citrine Margaritas Earrings

Five citrine petals and a pearl center backed with 18kt gold add up to a whole lot of glow!

The lever back earwires are introduced through the back of the ear and latch into beaded clutches, for a polished look.

Approximate length: .75"

Double Petal Yangtze River Pearl Earrings

Non-stop luminescence in the soft tones of a Hawaiian sunset will suffuse your visage with loveliness. Natural Yangtze river pearls are finished in 18kt gold.

Approximate length: 1.75"

Splash Earrings

An 18kt splash of warmth to highlight your assets. Organic, effortless, and very flattering.

Approximate diameter: .5"

Retro Chic Sugilite Earrings

Gem quality sugilite and smithsonite contrasted with deep green jade are bezel set against a textured backdrop of 18kt gold, fitted with a post clip.

Approximate size: 1" W x .75" L

Carnelian and Peridot Cintas Earrings

Five ribbons of intricate 18kt filigree with peridot centerpieces sport tangy carnelian briolettes...by Belle Fine Jewelry.

Approximate length: 1.5"

Pretty In Pink Earrings

Carved moonstone cabs assume a leaf pattern... detachable drops begin with pink sapphire-studded .02 ctw. freshwater pearls and end with sumptuous pink Peruvian opals, fitted with bezel set rubies .08 ctw. on the blossom ends...all in 18kt gold, made by the enchanting Laila Ionescu.

Clip on (posts can be added)

Approximate length (studs): .875"

Approximate length (drops): 1.25"

Pearl Paloma en Nido Earrings

An 18kt gold dove perches between two pearl nests...three oval pearl dangles twitter below, in these rapturous creations by Belle Fine Jewelry.

The lever back earwires are introduced through the back of the ear and latch into beaded clutches, for a polished look.

Approximate length: 2.25"

Pearl Boton de Tortuga Earrings

Exquisite 18kt gold filigree is used as the setting for the soft glow of cultured pearls, from Belle Fine Jewelry.

The lever back earwires are introduced through the back of the ear and latch into beaded clutches, for a polished look.



Approximate length" 1"

Blue Topaz and Pearl Nubes Earrings

A gilded frame surrounds a quartet of round pearls with an 18kt gold center...little oval pearls and blue topaz dangle together coquettishly, offered by Belle Fine Jewelry.

The lever back earwires are introduced through the back of the ear and latch into beaded clutches, for a polished look.

Approximate length: 1.5

Diamond Verbena Studs

You will find so many occasions to wear this lovely pair of 18kt gold earrings...they are guaranteed to accent your beauty!

Approximate length: .5"

Kite Studs with Diamonds

Perfect earrings for everyday wear, these 18kt gold studs sport bright white center diamonds.

Approximate size: .25"

Jewelry Info

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.

Portfolio

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.

Rose Cut Diamond Earrings

Dazzling rose cut grey diamond slices, a total of 9.14 cts are set in 18kt gold with 1.05 cts of bright white diamond accents in these dramatic earrings.

Chrysocolla Earrings

Designed and created for Elizabeth Taylor by Norah Pierson, these striking earrings sold at auction through Christie's in 2011.

Opal Earrings

The deep blue of the Caribbean swirls through these stunning opal earrings. The stones are set in 18kt gold and punctuated with bright white diamonds .18 ctw.

Tiered Opal Earrings

These stunning 18kt gold and boulder opal earrings were custom designed and created by Norah Pierson for Elizabeth Taylor. They were sold at auction, through Christie's in 2011.

Diamond Earrings

Palatial rose cut diamond earrings custom designed by the superbly talented Norah Pierson!

Color Burst Earrings

A perfect pairing for the Azalea ring. These earrings were custom made with multicolor sapphires and diamonds to create an exotic allure.

Moonstone Waterfall Earrings

An absolutely stunning pair of 18kt gold earrings featuring translucent rainbow moonstones 18.9 ctw. in articulated bezel settings accented with diamonds .30 ctw.

Queen Turquoise Earrings

These fabulous 18kt earrings are made of highly coveted turquoise from the Queen Copper Mine in Bisbee, Arizona that has been closed to mining since 1975. The mine is, however, open for tours!

Chalcedony and Diamond Earrings

This stunning pair of 18kt gold earrings featurse matched blue chalcedony cabochons accented with brilliant white diamonds.

Baja Mabe Pearl Earrings

Lustrous and luminous, these one of a kind Baja Mabe Pearl Earrings reflect spectacular peacock blues and purples...set in 18kt gold.

Grey Rose Cut Diamond Earrings

Just how sexy and opulent can a girl be? That question is answered right here, right now. Smoky grey diamonds 4.99 ctw. accented with effervescent white diamonds .66 ctw., all beaded and bezeled in 18kt gold...they will leave you bewitched, bedazzled, and bewildered!

Approximate length: 2"

Opal Earrings

Deep cobalt blue Australian boulder opals set in 22kt gold are hinged beneath flashing blue moonstones.

Boulder Opal Earrings

Spectacular boulder opals are set in a one-of-a kind design in 18kt gold by Norah Pierson. Unbelievable color, fire and luster in these stones!

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"

Rings

Golden Zircon Ring

From the Knights of the Round Table comes a one-of-a-kind ring in 22kt gold...a rare golden zircon cabochon flanked by mulberry zircons and andradite garnets, with shimmering white diamonds peeking out from charming rococo embellishments.

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.

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