- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 1999
Hey bees! For those of you that don’t know my ring saga, here it is again:
Darling Husband and I went on a 40 day honeymoon roadtrip around the US and Canada. We fell in love with Montana on this trip. Just driving through gave me goosebumps; it’s that beautiful. So we feel this special connection with the landscape. Very romantic association for us.
At a certain point I stopped wearing my wedding set altogether because, in retrospect, it was literally the worst thing I could have designed for my lifestyle. I work with my hands– so the garnet solitaire got chipped and scratched like mad. The little carvings on my wedding band caught dust/dirt/flour/metal/chemicals and everything else I work with, and it was virtually impossible to completely clean which drove me crazy!
I did a paper on M. sapphires for my metalsmithing training, and I found out about public mining during my research. I said to Darling Husband, for my birthday, I’d like to order some sapphire gravel to find my own. A couple months later, he surprised me and said, hey, we’re going to Montana! So I got to mine them in person and it was just a wonderful trip all around.
I decided to go with rough cuts because sapphires, though hard, aren’t immune to scratches and if anyone will scratch a faceted sapphire, it’s me. I decided to put the design of the ring in the hands of the most amazing carver I’ve ever come across. And that is that!
I’ve just seen my ring in wax, and I’m so, so, so excited. Waiting for it is almost unbearable.
We’re using the large, dinosaur toothed sapphire in the photo. I thought I’d use two of them, but it just didn’t work in the end with the design. I’m infatuated with the olive color, which is a little bit more unusual for M. sapphires, but at the same time, more “me”. (stone looks quite dirty and murky due to it just being mined and not cleaned yet.)
I visited a lapidary to get it cut into a round tablet. No facets or anything! I LOVE the rough look, so the surface of the stone is utterly untreated. I had quite the time trying to get a lapidary to cut the stone how I wanted it. One guy treated me like I was some sort of idiot to want a rough cut! And he lied to me about certain processes of cutting stones, trying to think of excuses as to why he couldn’t do it. I’m like, dude, I just finished up a sh*tload of gemology classes. I have a basic understanding of how this goes, so I *know* you’re blatantly lying!!!! I almost burst into tears right there in his office! Anyway, I found a really nice, wonderful guy to cut them. He did a great job, almost *too* good of a job, as he saved so much of the stones that we, in the end, couldn’t use both in the ring due to them being so large.
So here are the specs of my ring. 1 solitaire rough round sapphire, which I didn’t weigh, but I’m estimating is 4-5 carats. Surrounding the stone is carved rose gold. One of my favorite flowers is the fairy iris
So she’s carving one bloom on one side, and the other side will be flower buds. The long iris leaves are swirling and curling around the stone, creating a semi-bezel, with openings on the side of the stone to allow light in. Rough cuts don’t sparkle, ladies, they GLOW. And that extra bit of spacing will make it soo pretty in all sorts of lighting.
So, thank you for allowing me to express my enthusiasm over this. The people around me don’t understand my obsession with jewelry, but I know you bees do. :)))))