Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Diamonds & Reticulated Silver & Gold!

Come along with me as I continue featuring Celebration of Fine Art artists, art and happenings in the Big White Tent at the Loop 101 and Scottsdale Rd, here in Scottsdale, AZ where the sun is shining and the temps headed towards a delicious 74 degrees.

Donna Armstrong, in the NW Salon of the Celebration, is a jeweler and a gemologist.  You'll know this as soon as you ask her about the difference between diamonds!  The first shot is of a London Blue Topaz necklace and earrings set in reticulated silver and 14k gold.  The London Blue is the darkest and richest in color of all the topazes. I knew the reticulated look, but what I didn't know is that it is accomplished by texturing the metal with a torch.

The second pic is a custom wedding set that Donna updated for the client, using the client's original wedding stones, but adding the center Ascher cut diamond for a beautiful contemporary design with a nod to the traditional band.  Characteristic of the Ascher cut is the square stone with the corners cut off.

Donna, one of our Idaho artists, has been a jeweler for fifteen years and here in the NW Salon for three.  She works primarily with custom pieces, so...Valentine's Day is coming up........

See you tomorrow.  

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