A diamond-encrusted gold bat is suspended from fine golden chains. Her body is a natural pearl, and her eyes glitter fiercely. Originally I made this piece for myself because I've always loved bats. Did you know they're the only mammal that can fly?see the whole 1909 collection
We're used to seeing colorful gemstones indicate acrostic messages, where the first letters of each gem "spell" a secret word. That's not the case here - the colors in this ring were chosen exclusively for their beauty. Purplish almandine garnets, lavender amethysts, and a single chrysoberyl line up in a c.1860 18k gold mounting.More dreamy rings this way>>
Corundum is an allochromatic mineral that we know by its two highly prized varieties, sapphire and ruby. "Allochromatic" means that in it's purest form it is colorless, but the introduction of trace elements (also known as impurities) will cause it to take on just about any color in the rainbow. Sapphire can be yellow, orange, violet, pink, etc. The only color sapphire can NOT be is red - when corundum is red we call it "ruby". The impurity that gives both the ruby and the sapphire their respective red and pink hues is chromium. Prior to the 20th century, pink was thought of as light red and the pink sapphire would have still been classified as a ruby, just a lighter one. Sometimes gender was used to explain the difference in color, so a pink corundum would have been called a "female ruby" and a red corundum, a "male ruby". These incredible enameled floral earrings feature pink and red corundum in rubover settings and date to the 17th century. Originally part of some larger piece of jewelry, they were converted into earrings at some point in history.The oldest earrings in our collection.