I’ve been told that ‘being a square’ in a negative way has not been in fashion for quite a while now. So my reference to squares and rectangles in the previous article might have flown over your head. Ha! My defense is - I tried keeping up with internet speak, but I’ve been exposed mostly to Peppa Pig, Barbapapa and other kids shows, and they don’t exactly use slang.
It got me rummaging through my designs. I was on the hunt for delicious baguette cut gems that are maybe as good as a freshly baked one. Fragrant and warm, coming out of an oven in an out-of-the-way, traditional bakery in Paris. Or the miso baguette from Bali’s Starter Lab bakery. I’ll let you off for 5 minutes or so to grab some food. Because there are some delicious cuts of stone coming your way in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1…
Mint To Be
Sapphires are such a cool stone, I used to think they only came in one exact shade of a rich, deep blue. I remember as a kid seeing Queen Elizabeth’s sapphire crown when I visited the Tower of London and thinking, wow. I guess that’s the color of royalty. Since then I’ve fallen in love with the many sapphire colors, and in particular, this absolute stunner of a mint green sapphire. I still think the stone has a regal quality to it, especially in a baguette cut like this.
Did you know that the etymology of the word sapphire has two possible branches? One is from the Hebrew סַפִּיר (sappir), and the other is that it might have come from the Sanskrit Shanipriya (शनिप्रिय). The word is split to"shani" (शनि) meaning "Saturn" and "priya" (प्रिय) meaning “dear”. So you can say that it means "dear to Saturn". What a gorgeous turn of phrase!
Cool for the Summer
Bicolored stones in general are little miracles of nature. A set of events of chemicals mixing and cooling in very precise ways. These types of bicolored tourmalines look especially cool as we associate the green and reddish-pink colors with fresh slices of watermelons. I think they look especially fetching when framed with a baguette cut.
Oh! Another reason why tourmalines are scientifically cool is that they have pyroelectric properties. They are naturally polarized and contain large electric fields. Which means, you can pick up your favorite ring and start singing “It's such a good vibration, it's such a sweet sensation!” because technically, you’re vibing with your ring!
Mystical Child of the Moon
The Romans and the Greeks associated moonstones with lunar deities. The Romans even went as far as believing moonstone were solid moonbeams. And really, I don’t blame them. They have a natural decalescence, a lovely subtle shift of colors within its milky depths. Greens and blues, the slightest hint of peach. It’s everything you would think a chunk of the moon would be.
One of the things I love most about the baguette cut is its slim look that is super versatile. Worn horizontally, it creates this sleek silhouette that is unbearably lovely. Tilt it vertical and you can have an absolute head-turning stunner. It’s also the cut you want to show of colors, inclusions, and sheen, without having the distraction of sparkles.
The Weird and Wonderful
I like to have fun with my designs, and occasionally – I just let loose. The set of rings I made with the conflict-free green diamonds and the blue baguette cut diamonds I stumbled upon are still some of my favorites to this day. The colors were fun, the shapes and forms I explored were fun, and the design process was effortless! I sat down and they spoke to me and fit themselves together so beautifully.
The diamond used here are heat treated to bring out these gorgeous shades. Heat treatments change the molecular makeup of the diamond and permanently changes its color. You may think that changing the color of diamonds are modern practice – but no! During the (English) Georgian and Victorian era, they used to apply colored tin foil to the back of the diamonds. They were then in closed-back settings so you can’t tell that there’s a ‘color correction’ so to speak.