Friday, 24 January 2014

The Gemstone Series: January GARNETS

Today is my birthday… so I had no choice but to continue the gemstone series with January’s birthstone: the garnet. From the rich burgundy red of Pyrope garnets, the vibrant green of Tsavorite garnets and to the orange hues of Spessartite garnets and so many others…

Floral cuff bracelet from the Chopard in titanium, set with 25.48ct green tsavorites

Hemmerle brooch in white gold, copper and silver with garnets, diamonds and sapphires
Garnet is derived from the word granatum, means seed, and is called so because of the gemstone's resemblance to a pomegranate seed. References to the gemstone dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays jewelry. 

Brooch Date- 1860–79 Culture- British Medium- gold, garnet Metropolitan Museum of Art
Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red of the pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites. Today, the most important sources for garnet are Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.

CARTIER African Influences – High Jewelry Earrings White gold, two cabochon-cut mandarin garnets of 24.21 ct

Panthère de Cartier High Jewelry bracelet Platinum, one 63.55-carat cabochon-cut spessartite garnet, garnets, onyx, obsidian, emerald, diamonds

Thursday, 2 January 2014

The Gemstone Series: Collecting AMAZONITE

Amazonite is a green variety of feldspar whose name comes from the Amazon river. It is a rare mineral that sometimes has even been used as a gemstone given its striking colour once polished.

Amazonite, diamond, ruby, demantoid-garnet and gold snake brooch, c.1870; the coiled snake is a symbol of eternity

Amazonite Box by BOLIN Moscow, Russia 1899-1908

Amazonite Modernist Parure - French, c.1915

Cartier Art Deco Amazonite necklace, 1925

Discovering ZOE and MORGAN

The history of Zoe & Morgan is a story of design and of family. From a childhood spent travelling the globe with their parents, many exotic cultures made a lasting impression, particularly their emigration to New Zealand from England by sea. Taking in the foreign lands of Panama, Jamaica, and Tahiti along the way gave the three Sibbald children an appreciation of old world charm, adventure and style.

Watching their father make jewellery in his own workshop ingrained in them from an early age an appreciation of the craft, the process; watching the primordial materials transform to become precious, coveted items of beauty and sentiment.

With this upbringing it was no surprise the three siblings were drawn to the creative and atypical. Zoe worked in millenary, Morgan forged pathways through music, Ruth plied her trade in the modelling industry.

After a fateful trip to India, Morgan returned from his travels as his late father so often did; with an appreciation for another culture and a pocketful of precious gems. Sharing his finds with Zoe, this reawakened a shared love of the process they witnessed so often as children. Before long the two were collaborating on the first pieces that would lead to the formation of Zoe & Morgan.

Available at Benna