Australian Sapphires would have to be one of my favourite gemstones to work with, they come in the most beautiful array of colours: blue, green, yellow and beyond. I am particularly drawn to the Australian Parti Sapphire which can have multiple colours present in one stone. In different light and with movement, the colours change between blue, green & yellow making each piece entirely unique. Sapphires are second in hardness to a diamond, so they make a great choice for an engagement ring as they can withstand everyday wear & are less prone to chips and scratches. The Australian sapphires I use in my bespoke pieces are sourced and cut here in Australia, so if an ethically sourced gemstone or supporting small local businesses is of importance to you, then Australian Sapphires are a perfect choice.
Below is a recent custom engagement ring, featuring a beautiful Australian Sapphire which changes from dark blue to bright blue with flashes of teal green.
Claire was proposed to with a simple gold band with the intention of her being able to choose an engagement ring she loves.
I met with Claire in Auckland so she could try on some rings, she was drawn to my Golden Teeth Solitaire with an Australian Parti Sapphire. Back in my Sydney studio I contacted my supplier and found a few different sapphire options for Claire to choose from. She decided on the most beautiful teal blue Australian Sapphire.
Once the sapphire arrived in the studio, I started hand carving up the ring in wax. I sent photos & videos to Claire of the wax on my hand and with the sapphire in place, to make sure it was exactly what she had envisioned before casting it in the chosen metal.The wax was then cast in rich yellow gold & the sapphire set securely with subtle beads disguised within the molten hand carved texture.
I can source all shapes, colours and sizes of Australian Sapphires, and can even have them custom cut to your specifications. To see what pieces I currently have available for bespoke commissions, or to book a custom piece consultation in Sydney or Auckland (next Auckland appointments available in June 2018), please get in touch.