Cindy Chao’s creations are as much precious miniature sculptures as they are jewels to be worn on a night out. The layers of detail in each hand sculpted wax-cast piece is evident in the rich visual treat of her jewels.
Cindy Chao’s creations are as much precious miniature sculptures as they are jewels to be worn on a night out. The layers of detail in each hand sculpted wax-cast piece is evident in the rich visual treat of her jewels. Cindy Chao jewels are a feast for the eyes. Turn a ring around and each angle tells a different story of twisting forms and unexpected gems. The first chapter of every one of Cindy’s jewels starts with a wax sculpture. Taking soft wax into her hands she is able to whittle away at the material until she is satisfied with the smallest detail – just as an artist would work on a sculpture. This allows Cindy to create multiple levels and undulating planes that make up a wealth of detail, textures and forms. This method involves hours of work that merit the most exquisite precious stones.
The result is jewels unlike any other that push the boundaries of the craft of jewelry making and take us into a fantastical world where emeralds appear to grow out of writhing, oozing forms rippling with diamonds or the bejeweled feet of geckos cling on to a luscious pink pool of 61 carat ruby. Cindy Chao was born in Taiwan and as a child was surrounded by creativity. Her grandfather was a noted architect who created traditional temples across the country. Cindy was captivated by the writhing forms of the temple dragon sculptures, the mythical guardians of these sacred buildings. Cindy’s early adventures with sculpting began in her father’s workshop. Surrounded by silent craftsmen, Cindy would be given her own lump of clay or wax to while away the time. Cindy has transferred this almost spiritual devotion to craftsmanship to her jewels.
A piece can take two years to complete from sketch to finished jewel and every step from wax-sculpting to casting to gem-setting through microscopes magnifying 40 times is painstakingly slow. Cindy’s jewels are remarkable. She transforms cold metal and stones into flowers that look delicate enough to quiver at the slightest breeze or a gecko caught for a fleeting second before darting off again. This is the true art of the jeweller who can captivate us with unexpected glimpses of nature, wrought in the most unusual materials. Cindy has divided her collections into two families: the Black Label Masterpieces, of which only one is created each year and rarely seen outside private collections, museums such as the Smithsonian or auction houses including Sotheby‘s. Every piece in the White Label collection is hand-sculpted but available in select boutiques. Look out for the Azalea cuff at auction at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on the 6th April. London’s Kabiri jewellery boutique sells Cindy’s creations in the UK.
Gorgeous Sapphire and Diamond Three-Stone Ring in 18k White Gold (5.52 ct.) (9 x 7 mm) at Blue Nile. Price: $37000 (USD) Distinctly glamorous, this one-of-a-kind 18k white gold ring showcases an exquisite 5.52 carat vivid blue Madagascar sapphire gemstone and two spectacular step-cut trapezoid diamonds. Sapphire accompanied by gemstone certification. Ring weight 4.49 grams.
In 1658, Etienne de Flacourt, the governor of Fort-Dauphin, mentions sapphires in southern Madagascar, and he was drowned on his last voyage to Madagascar on the 10th of June 1660. In 1808, Barthélemy Hugon writes that in the valley of Ambolo there is a so beautiful stone and so rare that his lapidaries have not been able to recognize it, and it was above of all that is not diamond. …. In 1991, at the time of the great dryness in the south, sapphire samples are found on the ground, several centuries after their first discovery. It became the first exported Madagascar sapphire.
Sapphire and Diamond Drop Earrings in 18k White Gold (8.21 cts) (11x7mm) at Blue Nile.
Vibrant color is captured in these exquisite gemstone and diamond earrings, showcasing 8.21 carats of blue sapphires highlighted by a dazzling halo of pavé-set diamonds framed in 18k white gold.
Sapphire and Diamond Necklace in 18k White Gold (5x4mm) at Blue Nile.
Forty-four vibrant blue sapphires are highlighted with a semi-bezel setting, and interspersed with brilliant prong-set diamonds.
Cushion and Pear Shaped Blue Sapphire Diamond Halo Bracelet in 18k White Gold (8.33 ct. tw.) at Blue Nile.
A great complement to any style, this one-of-a-kind bracelet showcases over eight carats of vibrant blue sapphire gemstones accented with a sparkling halo of pavé-set diamonds framed in 18k white gold.
Gorgeous 10K,14k, and 18K yellow, white, and rose gold at Eyes Desire Gemstone Gold Jewelry. Stunning Rings, Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets, and many more gorgeous fine gold jewelry pieces available. The store is on Amazon.com, and many of the products at Eyes Desire Gemstone Gold Jewelry offer free shipping and returns.
Gorgeous Fine Silver Jewelry at Eyes Desire Fine Silver Jewelry Stunning Rings, Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets, and many more gorgeous fine silver jewelry pieces available.
Founded in 1999, Blue Nile has grown to become the largest online retailer of certified diamonds and fine jewelry. Internet Retailer Magazine reports Blue Nile is bigger than the next three largest online jewelers combined.
The company is built on a unique idea: choosing an engagement ring doesn’t have to be complicated. Diamonds can be simple to understand. Making the right choice can be easy. This unique approach and reputation for excellence has gained notice from publications such as The New York Times, Forbes, and Money.
Blue Nile is a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol NILE. The company has been awarded the Bizrate.com Circle of Excellence Platinum Award, which recognizes the best in online customer service as ranked by actual consumers. Blue Nile is the only jeweler to have ever received this award, and has done so every year since 2002.
At Blue Nile you’ll find high-quality diamonds certified by the most respected independent diamond grading labs. You can create your own jewelry — choose the right diamond and we’ll set it in your favorite earring, pendant, or ring design. Every order is shipped free, guaranteed and returnable within 30 days, so you can be sure you made the right decision.
Sun Jewelry is an international fine jewelry manufacturing company with over 30 years of experience located in the heart of the largest wholesale jewelry district, Los Angeles, California.
Sun Jewelry is an international fine jewelry manufacturing company with over 30 years of experience located in the heart of the largest wholesale jewelry district, Los Angeles, California. They also have a distribution showroom in Hershey, Pennsylvania that is easily accessible from New York (3 hours), Philadelphia (1.5 hours), Baltimore/Washington Metro area (2 hours), and all points in between. For those who cannot come to the showroom, the web site offers a wealth of options. From the instant pricing system, which allows you to build your own jewelry, to our 24 hours a day, seven days a week email/phone customer care staff, they are confident you will be impressed by our offerings. Not many Internet jewelers can give you the option of conveniently shopping online or in an actual showroom where you can see the jewelry in person and this is what sets us apart. Also, their generous 30 day, no-questions asked return policy makes your online shopping experience much more enjoyable.
Sun Jewelry frequently receive e-mails from curious clients who wonder why our prices are so low or how we can so easily customize designs to accommodate different shapes and sizes to their liking. The answer is simple. Sun Jewelry manufacture and design all of their jewelry; you are purchasing directly from the source. All of the designs are made through state of the art, technologically advanced equipment. Sun Jewelry designs are produced through “Matrix” software that generates 3-D CAD images. These CAD images can be changed to accommodate any diamond shape or size and then reproduced exactly from our computer driven wax/mold machines. From this perfectly produced mold, the artisans painstakingly complete these works of art by hand to create stunning jewelry as unique as you. Sun Jewelry began its business selling only to wholesalers and retail jewelry stores, but with the dawn of the Internet, they are able to sell directly to our online clients without interfering with our jewelry store friends.
Sun Jewelry invites you to “shop around” and then come back to Sun Jewelry. You will be amazed at their prices, quality, and designs. Sun Jewelries custom engagement rings and exquisite jewelry are contributed by their talented, award winning designers and wax carvers who take pride in their workmanship. The designers have years of experience working in both gold and platinum. Their skill and craftsmanship have been unparalleled in the jewelry business. Each piece that is manufactured by hand is a work of art and a labor of love, which is perfect to give to the one YOU love. The designs are Copyrighted, which ensures that you will not find these pieces in your local jewelry stores (unless they purchased them from us).
Sun Jewelry also carry a very large selection of diamonds in all shapes and sizes. Their diamonds are sold with and without G.I A. & E.G.L. certificates. All of your purchases will be forwarded with a certificate of appraisal (certificate of evaluation) for insurance purposes.
Sun Jewelry welcome national and international inquiries through e-mail or a toll free phone number, with hope that clients on the Internet will take advantage of Sun Jewelry’s prices.
You may contact Sun Jewelry by telephone, email, or in person. If you would like to speak to us by telephone, please call at (888) 743-1067. If you would like to drop Sun Jewelry an e-mail, please send your e-mails to the appropriate department. For general information about Sun Jewelry and general customer service, send e-mail requests to Info@SunJewelry.Com. If your question is regarding product information, please send your e-mail request to Sales@SunJewelry.Com. By sending your e-mail to the appropriate department, Sun Jewelry can expedite our response to your valuable questions.
If you would like to visit them in person, feel free to stop by the showroom during normal business hours. The Los Angeles show room is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment only. Sun Jewelry is also open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They recommend that you call us in advance to schedule an appointment. This will ensure adequate and full attention to your needs. If you would like to get directions to the showroom, or if you would like to arrange a time to visit in person, please call at (888) 743-1067.
This massive emerald and diamond ring will stun your visual senses as its colorful appeal further delights you. A breathtaking, genuine emerald with a highly impressive weight of 10.60 carats starts off the design. This emerald has a gorgeous and rich color hue that is rare to find, while natural inclusions, present in all emeralds accents its unique character. Enhancing the four corners of the emerald are glittering baguette cut diamonds while princess cut diamonds surrounds the rest of the emerald and spills down the shank of the ring into an invisible setting. The baguettes have a total weight of .86 carats and the princess cut diamonds total 4.00 carats. These diamonds range in clarity from Vs2-Si1 with a color grade ranging from H-I. This exquisitely crafted ring is made of 14kt. white gold accented by yellow gold with a total metal weight of 22.00 grams.
The Artist: Russian-born jeweler Alex Soldier’s one-of-a-kind designs—which he constructs with the aid of a high-powered microscope in his Times Square studio—range from sleek geometric forms to nature-inspired creations, and all share refined technical detailing and hand-craftsmanship. Formerly a computer engineer, he quickly climbed the ranks at a jewelry plant in Russia’s Ural region, becoming head designer at age 25. After moving to New York, he founded his own brand in 1996.
Technique: Each design begins with a hand-carved wax model that consists of a few components that Soldier creates in his studio.
His team of artists—none of whom had prior formal jewelry training—work alongside him to finish the final product, helping to craft the intricate metal bases that ultimately hold colorful gemstones like peridot, emerald, and aquamarine. “My designs require one to step outside the boundaries of traditional craftsmanship, so any previous jewelry training is a disadvantage,” says Soldier, noting that formulaic techniques have no place in his studio. “I train from scratch so that my team may have an expanded vision instead of set design structure in their mind.” Soldier typically applies texture to the jewelry’s metal in stages, using stainless-steel tools that he invented. He layers textures until the desired surface is achieved. For example, the 18-karat gold face of a curious snail peeking out from its brown shell (gold and platinum bejeweled with diamonds, sapphires, garnets, and citrines) is finely stippled to mimic the mollusk’s natural gleam ($25,000). Each piece can take anywhere from two weeks to four months to complete.
Jewelry: Soldier’s diverse repertoire, inventive use of textured metals, and meticulous gem placement reflect his creative and technical depths. Whether crafting a sunflower ring (in 18-karat yellow, rose, and white gold) with delicately drooping yellow-diamond petals and green-tsavorite leaves ($19,500) or a luminous 18-karat gold ring topped with an arching rainbow of delicate diamonds, amethysts, citrines, sapphires, aquamarines, tsavorites, and garnets ($19,500), Soldier’s jewelry is, as he describes, “a constantly evolving combination of shape, color, and texture” made to be unforgettable and undefinable. “The beauty of my jewelry lies in the way it blurs the line between fine ornament and miniature sculpture.” Where to Get It: Clients can contact Soldier directly to schedule an appointment, and his collections are available at select Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue stores, as well as Neiman Marcus online
H.I.M Empress Eugenie of The French Corsage
There is nothing more exciting in the jewellery world than a jewel with royal provenance, especially when said jewel has not been seen at auction for over 125 years.
Empress Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon III, was the leader of European fashion and assembled a large collection of jewels. From the beginning of her reign in 1853, Empress Eugenie did much to enhance the reputation of the French haute joaillerie, which at the time supplied the whole of Europe. She favored the famous Parisian firm Bapst, being the court jewellers for over 200 years at the time, for its very subtle designs in the form of foliage from which hung aiguillettes or pampilles.
In just a few decades, Paraiba tourmalines have taken on an almost mystical quality. First discovered in the 1980s by Heitor Dimas Barbosa, who spent years digging in the hills of the Brazilian state of Paraiba on little more than a hunch that he was going to find something special, these incandescent stones have quickly become among the rarest and most sought-after gems in the world.
Almost every shade of tourmaline can be found in Brazil, but none has the vivid glow that distinguishes the Paraiba tourmaline, also known as cuprian elbaite. A product of the trace element copper, colours range from startling turquoise to majestic blue-green, but it is the neon-bright glow that appears to light up the stone from within that makes Paraiba tourmalines incomparable to any other gem.
To put their rarity into perspective, there is only one Paraiba tourmaline mined for every 10,000 diamonds, and a good quality Paraiba from Brazil weighing over three carats is virtually unheard of. So rare are authentic Brazilian Paraiba tourmalines that it is not unusual for them to achieve five figures per carat.
In a surprising twist in the Paraiba tale, in 2003, a new wave of luminous green-blue tourmalines entered the market, mined by hand in the copper-rich mountains of Mozambique and Nigeria. Paraiba-like in every way, with only minute chemical differences to those unearthed in Brazil, they are often found weighing five carats or more and have caused an ongoing debate as to what can and can’t by definition be called a “Paraiba” tourmaline. Some insist that only tourmalines from the Brazilian state of Paraiba are, indeed, Paraibas, while others are more inclusive.
Whichever side of the fence you sit, if you consider why this unique gemstone has turned up in two very different parts of the world, things get very interesting. If you look at the outline of the continent of South America and compare it to the coast of Africa, the shape of each indicates that, once upon time, the two are likely to have been conjoined. Which means, at one point, the copper-rich mountains of Brazil were probably a whole lot closer – and quite possibly right next door – to the copper-rich mountains of Mozambique and Nigeria than they are today. Fact or fiction? Nobody knows for sure, which simply adds to the allure of this incredible, one-of-a-kind gemstone.
Sapphire and Diamond Halo Ring in 18k White Gold $6,000 atElegantly refined, this gemstone and diamond ring showcases a vibrant round blue sapphire accented with a halo of sparkling round diamonds framed in 18k white gold. Click Photo Below To View More Details