I like these rings! The coloured stones with the rounded pave halos... I like that they are chunky without being clunky. There are also matching drop earrings and pendants available but its these knuckeldusters which I'm liking.. although would prefer in platinum or white gold..
It's the Tabou range from luxury Italian jeweller Pomellato.
The light blue stone is topaz, the red is rhodolite (a type of garnet containing both Fe & Mg) and the purple stone is amythest (Quartz containing Fe)
I love these gorgeous Art Deco rings! Any of them would would make a beautiful engagement ring.. or a ring for any reason.. The colours are so nice and the designs are interesting.. they are the kind of rings that people would stop to ask you about.
Although diamonds are a truly beautiful there are so many gorgeous coloured gemstones out there that don't really get any attention.
Aquamarine has the same composition as Emerald and is part of the Beryl mineral group.
It has a beautiful Sea Green colour, making a perfect stone for any Ocean Lovers out there.
Images not to scale
From Gemstones of the World by Walter Schuman
It has a hardness of 7.5 - 8 on the Moh's Scale of Hardness which means it is suitable for careful everyday wear. You'd take it off to do the gardening and need to keep it spearate from any diamond or sapphire jewelery in your treasure box, as those gemstones are harder and would scratch the surface.
It makes a great stone for earrings or pendants as we tend to be more careful of our ears and out throats than we are of our poor old hands.
Many lesser quality stones are subject to heat treatment to enhance the colour. But the colour change is permanent so this is only an issue for the purists.
The most significant deposits come from Brazil, Russia and Australia.
In the meantime I am getting my fill from Princess Di..
The basic design is pretty similar.. we are just sort of on a different scale.. her sapphire is a whopping 18 cts, mine is just over 2ct. Mine is surrounded by tiny diamonds and her is surrounded by rather large ones.)
Which brings me to the other reason I looking at pictures of hers.. It helps allay my fears that mine will look a bit too oversized.. chunky.. or OverTheTop.. (as detailed here )
According to my calculations hers is 9X bigger than mine and it looks alright for her..
I am not really a fan of Katie Holmes.. and I am definitely not a fan of Tom Cruise (which is why I have cropped him out- but Suri is cute so she can stay)
However I am a fan of those beautiful sapphire and diamond earrings he bought her as a gift on her wedding day. She has been seeing wearing them out and about and I think they work well for both formal and everyday wear..