Creating in Color

July 1998

Gemstones & Pearls:New Products

Creating in Color

Take advantage of the gem rainbow to precipitate sales

Little did our ancestors know when they first scratched the earth what treasures lay below. The rainbow collection of gems and minerals must have delighted then – just as it does now. And while availability and preference dictate ruby, sapphire and emerald as the preferred gems for jewelry, miners have uncovered a treasure-trove of color to spark designers' creativity.

– by Lorraine M. Suermann

JFA Designs lines up a rainbow of color in these women's rings, available in 18k or platinum.

JFA Designs, Irvine, CA; (714) 263-9909 or(714) 263-9910.

Citrine starts out as slightly smokey quartz or amethyst geode and is heat-treated in Brazil's mines and ovens to a vibrant yellow. This 9.64-ct. rectangular citrine is set in a 14k gold ring dotted with 0.15 carat of diamonds.

Walls Design Ltd., Boulder, CO; (303) 494-1636, fax (303) 494-3396.

Bayanihan's Oval Collection features 18k gold beads framing bezel-set sunstones in sterling silver. Also available with blue topaz, citrine, peridot and amethyst.

Bayanihan Ltd., Harrisburg, PA; (717) 652-3987, fax (717) 545-4830.

Moonstones, a favorite Victorian stone, were thought to protect travelers on dark nights over moor or sea. Gemstar's earrings feature 4.8-ct. moonstones and 0.60 carat of sapphires in 18k gold. Suggested retail, $1,635.

Gemstar Jewelers Inc., New York City; (212) 967-5343, fax (212) 290-2785.

Paragon's slide pendant features a 2.5-ct. tanzanite, 0.85-ct. chrome tourmaline and 0.34 carat of diamonds. Suggested retail, $4,100.

Paragon, New York City; (212) 391-6996.

It's said aquamarine can call to mind an ocean of love and mercy and can help the wearer understand difficult situations. This 15-ct. cabochon aquamarine is held in 18k gold and diamond clutches.

Progressive Gem Designs, Los Angeles, CA; (213) 627-0234, fax (213) 627-0659.

The U.S. can claim tourmaline as its very own, first discovered in Southern California in 1898. Here, an emerald-cut pink tourmaline gets channel-set princess-cut diamond accents in a 14k gold women's ring.

Stuller, Lafayette, LA; (800) 877-7777, fax (318) 981-1655.

John Atencio adorns this sterling silver Delta ring with a 6mm-10mm cabochon blue topaz and 18k gold appliqués. Available with other gemstones. Suggested retail, $260-$450.

John Atencio, Denver, CO; (303) 830-7733.

David Liska's platinum men's ring features a blue-green tourmaline accented with princess cut diamonds and a Dimensional Harmony pattern.

David Liska Design, Milwaukee, WI; (414) 272-4653, fax (414) 272-7880.

Step-cut blue topaz is held in 14k gold and accented with a flowing band of pavé diamonds. Suggested retail, $399.

Color Craft, New York City; (800) 321-5807 or (212) 840-1924, fax (212) 869-4216.


Maija Inc.'s "Tree of Joy" pin and earrings feature aquamarine, peridot, pink tourmaline, blue topaz and (in the pin only) tsavorite. Suggested retail, $2,200 (pin) and $1,300 (earrings).

Maija Inc., New York City; (212) 249-6236.

Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.


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