Thursday, October 25, 2012

Something's Gotta Give

One day we’ll all be rolling in it. I know what I’d do with mine. PJ’s to Paris…seats next to Lorne Michael’s in the BronxFerran AdriĆ  & Alain Ducasse cooking for me while I eat/trade witticisms with Anthony Bourdain.

Until then, something’s gotta give; especially when it comes to diamonds. You definitely gotta keep on giving ‘em but you also have to make a few compromises.

Sounds disappointing, right? NOT SO!

Buying perfect diamonds is too easy.  Just pick a size and go for the gold…D colour, Flawless clarity, triple EX cut. Wrap it up and take it home! Booooring.

Now back to reality.

Finding the right balance should be your objective.  I always tell my clients the same thing. Picture your diamond like the equalizer on your stereo. You have to adjust the various levels to achieve the best sound. True words for your rock ‘n roll as well as for your rock.

Take clarity for example. I could wax poetic about the various clarity grades given out by the men and women in white coats at the GIA Laboratory. But, seriously? Unless I’m mistaken, we don’t walk around with microscopes in our purses so if you can’t see a flaw with the naked eye, why stress about it? Go for what looks great and works with your budget.
After all...
“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one.”
-Chinese Proverb

Monday, October 22, 2012

Colour Me Beautiful (Part Un)

The first engagement ring I ever made was a round brilliant cut diamond with round sapphires on either side of the centre stone. I had known the bride (as well as the groom) for many years and when asked to design for them words like classic, timeless and elegant sprang to mind with regard to the bride’s appearance. Adding a royal blue hue to her engagement ring seemed a natural fit.

Years later, putting coloured gem stones into bridal jewelry is both fresh (thanks, Kate & Will!) as well as nice departure from traditional all-white diamond rings.

Deep blue Sapphires add drama to an engagement ring. When accompanied by lovely diamond “friends” as I like to call them, the resulting sparkle effect is undeniable.
Rubies add a splash of fire to a wedding band. Just imagine this little number next to the white diamond engagement ring it keeps as company!

And did you know sapphires come in pink, yellow, green or even purple? Colour Me Beautiful (Part Deux) coming soon...