Sourcing Metals & Stones
Why 22k gold?
The use of 22k gold brings magnificent luxury to every piece in my collection. I love the way the metal responds to my tools and how I can carve and shape it to my will. The rich color also enhances the diamonds, vibrant stones, and exquisite pearls. Though more expensive to work with than other metals, 22k gold elevates each of my designs to heirloom quality. Each creation is handmade with the most extreme care by me and a team of master jewelry artisans.
What does DWT mean?
Shorthand for pennyweight, DWT is used to measure precious metal. One ounce of gold is roughly equivalent to 18.2 pennyweights (DWT) and therefore a piece cast in 22k gold is heavier than one cast in 14k gold. For example, my Emerald Flower Branch Bracelet with Bee has a DWT of 23.63 which is approximately 1⅓ ounces of gold.
I only use high-quality natural diamonds within the collection, as they brilliantly complement 22k gold with their unique sparkle. The natural precious stones are estimated to be 1 to 3.5 billion years old, contributing to their rarity and beauty.
Gemstones are created by natural forces in the earth. They are believed to possess special energy with mystical properties, which can be passed to their wearer. Over the past 5000 years, these colored stones have been spiritually associated with love, power, wealth, safety, and personal well-being.
Across cultures, emeralds are recognized for their multitude of qualities. Ancient Egyptians believed emeralds symbolized fertility and rebirth. Greek mythology ties the stone to the goddess of love and beauty. And in Chinese and Irish cultures, emeralds are said to bring luck. I most gravitate to the blueish green Colombian Emeralds, calling to mind the sea and all the gem’s positive emotional energy.
Tanzanite is a rare gemstone mined only in the Merelani Hills of Tanzania. This beautiful gemstone embodies the power of heartfelt communication and enlightened consciousness. Paired with 22k gold, I love the stones striking blue violet color.
The sapphire symbolizes a pledge of trust, loyalty, and wisdom. This gemstone has been connected to nobility and majesty, serving as a symbol of the heavens above. I am especially attracted to the beautiful pastel hues.
Swiss Blue Topaz
Blue topaz is associated with true love, loyalty, and righteousness. With a hue that evokes sky and water, the stone is said to bring wisdom, abundance, good health, and success.
South Sea Pearls
The ultimate luxury, South Sea Pearls are the most valuable and sought-after pearls, a gem that’s been beloved by monarchs throughout history. I've always been fascinated by their beautiful iridescence and rare luster, these pearls are symbolic of wisdom and are believed to offer protection and good health to those who wear them.
Predominantly mined in Australia, opals are associated with love, passion, and eroticism, and
come in three distinct varieties: black, boulder, and white. I especially love the dance of fire within an opal, a shifting pattern that renders no two alike.
Paraiba Tourmaline is the rarest, most expensive, and most sought-after gemstone in the world. First discovered in the 1980s, it is only found in the copper-rich areas of Brazil, Nigeria, and Mozambique. They are believed to represent wisdom, insight, and creativity. I love the stone’s neon electric glow of its blue-green color.
Aquamarine holds a special place in my heart as it’s my birthstone. This precious gem is named for its beautiful oceanic hue and represents happiness, hope, and everlasting youth.
Mandarin Garnet was first discovered in 1991 in Namibia. Standing out for its fiery orange-red color and high refractive brilliance, the stone always brings to mind images of blazing, beautiful sunsets and evokes energy and confidence.
Tsavorite is a rare member of the Garnet family. It is similar in color to an emerald, but it is more brilliant and durable. It is believed to enhance fertility, bring strength, and increase confidence. Its spring green color is the perfect compliment to my Flower Garden Collection.
Tourmaline comes in a rainbow of hues, but it’s the intense hot pink variety that I am most drawn to. This gem is associated with the heart and carries the power of unconditional love and friendship.
This gemstone comes in many colors and is often mistaken for ruby or sapphire. Famously, the most spectacular spinel found within The Crown Jewels was initially misidentified—perhaps because centuries-old traders did not know spinel had different chemical properties than rubies and sapphires. They are now known to be in many important collections worldwide.