One of my personal favorite stones is moonstone. Specifically blue moonstone. The stones are colorless but have a blue sheen that appears to float and move inside the stone. Often there are other secondary colors present like aqua green and yellow.
There is actually a gemological term for that floating sheen: it’s called Adularescence. The term originated with a city in Switzerland, Mt. Adualr (now St. Gotthard), that was one of the first sources of fine-quality moonstone. In fact, this type of moonstone was once called “adularia”.
Technically, adularescence is an optical phenomenon not a property of the stone itself. It only exists in the presence of light. The internal structure of blue moonstones called lamellae produce light scattering and interference. And it’s magical.
Of course what prompted this post was a necklace I just finished for a wonderful friend who loves moonstone as much I do. It features not only blue moonstone cabochons but a gorgeous strand of graduated blue moonstone beads.
I was sent a photo of a Victorian Revival bracelet along with the note: “rubies & little gold balls you do”. This is how our most recent wedding band design began. It ended adorning the hand of a lovely lady we’ve been lucky enough to know for many years now.
The construction of a granulated ring is all about layers. You can see the different elements and how they come together to create this one of a kind ring.
Do you ever look in your jewelry box and think “I really love that stone, but the setting is so <fill in decade or name of person the piece was inherited from here> !” In other words, do you hold on to a particular piece of jewelry for a variety of reasons, but it languishes unworn in a dark drawer because it isn’t really you?
One of the most common requests we get here at Zaffiro is to re-imagine and re-invent Great Aunt Millie’s brooch to fit with your personal style today. How does it work? What is the process? It all starts with a brainstorming meeting. Continue reading “Evolution of a Custom Design”