This Mexican opal of 9.08 carats is remarkable for its deep orangey red body color and its red fire, a burning, red play of color with green and yellow flashes depending on the light source. It is a stone I found in a piece of jewelry made in the 1960's and therefore has demonstrated a stability over the years. Mexican opals are prone to crazing (drying out and cracking) and this opal is free from crazing. An extraordinary Mexican opal measuring
8.58 x 11.5 x 8mm
The turn of the century platinum and 18K yellow gold ring features a bright yellow Zircon weighing approx. 5.20 carats. Not to be confused with cubic zirconium, this natural stone is particularly rare due to its near pure yellow hue. 21 old mine cut diamonds grace this ring and weigh altogether approx. 2 carats.
This stunner features a luscious rubellite, tourmaline double cabochon, bezel set in 22K yellow gold. The cab measures approx. 12 x 9.5 x 7.4mm and weighs approx. 6.96 carats. The ring weighs 6.47 grams of 22K gold.
The finest Afghan Lapis has been cushion cut and faceted to show off its other worldly quality - A blue that is reminiscent of the finest Kashmir sapphires. Set in gold, a cephalopod is engraved on either side as if underscoring the power of this gem.
This Qing Dynasty (turn of the 20th century) buckle features a large polished, pink tourmaline slice from California and a Burmese "moss on snow" jadeite. The gilt copper buckle features ice crackle decoration behind the transparent pink tourmaline. The Empress Dowazer, Tzu-hsi, was the most important patron of California tourmalines during her lifetime and consequently China became its biggest importer in the late 19th century.