Who doesn’t feel a rush of happiness after seeing clusters of rainbow bright gemstone beads or sky blue topaz surrounded by shimmering diamonds? Or the joyous color crush of pink kunzite, apple green peridot and electric blue Paraiba tourmalines that brings a smile to your face. If you are someone whose soul is enriched by the sight of beautiful colors, here are some jewels that will brighten the darkest of days.
They may have a happy-go-lucky aura, but achieving dazzling color effects requires expertise. A whole industry is dedicated to making color gemstones sing. It is a secretive world based on trust, where dealers work closely with their jeweler clients. When a seam of crystals in a particular hue is discovered, like a matchmaker, gemstone dealers will know who to offer them too. Then, the skill of the stonecutter comes in to maximize the depth of color and effect of the stone. A soft-shouldered cabochon for a luminous larger stone or a shallower but expertly facetted lozenge for a lighter, more electric colour are some of the ways gem cutters make the most of each gem. The next piece in the puzzle is the designer’s talent for matching colors, tones and textures to achieve the desired effect. Then, it is down to the art of the gem setter to make the magic happen. All this before the jewel has seen the bright light of day.
London-based Ben Day has dedicated his life to taking our breath away with rare gemstone colors in sophisticated cuts and often unexpected clashes of color like neon blue tourmaline alongside magenta sapphires (above) or expertly exposing the pure light of a glowing mound of Australian chrysoprase or an Ethiopian Wello opal that dances with the light of fireflies. Each jewel is meticulously hand made by Mr Day himself and he never makes the same thing twice, as no two stones are alike.
Australian luxury jeweler Margot McKinney understands the power of color to alter our mood. In her creations, vibrantly colored gemstones shine out alongside with lustrous pearls creating new stories of color and texture. One seen, Ms McKinney’s jewels (above) will linger in your mind’s eye, like the memory of an exotic palm-fringed beach.
Bulgari enjoys privileged access to some of the most luscious color gems on the market and amps up the wow effect with audacious color combinations and generous-sized stones for a pure Dolce vita take on glamour. This extends to their watches, including the aptly named Allegra family (above).
Choose a brightly hued jewel today, and it will fill your life with color from today to eternity. And that is something to smile about.
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