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.