This post is presented in collaboration with Blue Nile.
What is it about colored stones? They hint at meaning behind surfaces. I confess to very strong feelings about their settings and design.
My first engagement ring was a round blue sapphire set with a pear-shaped diamond on either side. A decade and half later I bought myself a pair of oval ruby earrings, surrounded by diamonds. Like these — imagine red stones in yellow gold. These, BTW, are 15% off with code BLUE15, i.e. reduced from $2650 to $2250.50.
In fact everything at Blue Nile is now on sale for 15% off, except previous sale items and engagement jewelry. It’s not too late for Christmas shipping.
Another decade passed. I gave those ruby earrings to my brother and sister-in-law, seized by a conviction that they would help in kicking Project Future Nephew off the ground. When SIL called to say she was pregnant I did wonder if my crazy impulse had some backing from the universe.
I’m fond of colored semi-precious stones too. This month, when Blue Nile offered me a choice of small pieces to review or give away, I kept some garnets. I have previously given away gold hoops and a silver bracelet, but the garnets I kept. An early Christmas present for the redhead.
Front lit, to show the color and silver detail. Sweet freckles come along for the ride.
On reflection, the citrines might have been better? A lighter stone often works better in a bezel setting, less dependent on light for hue. But she’s not complaining. She dropped me off at the airport, white coat and all.
We had a wonderful time.
Back to the topic. I also love dangling colored stones. If I had a blonde daughter, I might have preferred these. I’m generally not a fan of white topaz, but here, in silver, with gray moonstone cabochons, I think they read prettier than “I’m pretending to be a diamond.” $99. And then, yes, take off 15%.
Up a few levels, emeralds and diamonds. $1296.25 after the 15% discount. These make good use of white space to seem bigger than they are. Of course, one can spend way more, with much bigger stones, but often without impact.
And sometimes with. Below, for $8,000. But, you can take 15% off! I love the round, emerald cut, pear progression. I’d have to see them on to know if I liked the little point at the bottom or not. I suspect the research would be painless.
Back to earth. I like these rubies and pink sapphires in rose gold. $800, (but you can take that 15% off again), from designer Frances Gadbois. In collaboration with her daughter Charlotte. They design in aqua and orange chalcedony too.
Of course, Blue Nile offers necklaces, rings, and bracelets in colored stones too. No tiaras, more’s the pity, although this necklace might actually work as a diadem on someone young, sparkly, and many-faceted.
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