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New-ish Bespoke Gems Spess, finally off to be set

arjunajane

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I have had this spess from Doug @ Bespoke for quite some months now, but haven't gotten around to posting or taking pics of it.
It is 2.1cts - here is the original listing: bespoke spess

As soon as I received this gem I could see Doug's pics, although certainly accurate, did not do the spess full justice - it positively glows, and although his description says slightly included, I can't find anything with a loupe.



After chatting to Sally, I have decided to send off the spess to finally be set. It's been ages since I've worked with Sally, and I am really happy to be back in touch with her enthusiasm, sincerity and creativity.
I'll also be sending her these baguette diamonds, salvaged from the men's ring my OEC came in..I'm not sure of the specs on them, except that there are 12 total of varying sizes and they appear to be in the colourless and VS range - they appear bright and at least reasonably well cut.



At the moment, my idea is a version of the Iolanisetting, but with perhaps the diamonds channel set in the shank..?
I guess my concern is a bezel taking away from the glow and brightness of the spess at all..? If there are folks reading that have a combined bezel with prongs setting from HOW, I'd love to see one..

Any other suggestions or ideas are welcome - Sally and I have agreed I would just send her the gem and the baguettes and we would figure out a design once they are there. I can't afford to splurge on the setting, but do feel the spess deserves a good home ::)
I practically stole the baguettes with the OEC's old setting, so this is just a nice excuse to use them. :bigsmile:

eta: oh, and looking back at Doug's site has proved dangerous! :sick: :rodent:

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athenaworth

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Wow! That's amazing! Can't wait to see it set.
 

arjunajane

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couple more pics of spess & diamonds:
(apologies they aren't creative or interesting!)

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arjunajane

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This is completely un-related as I don't have any plans for these yet, but for eye-candy's sake, I thought I would include a couple pics of my gems extracted from my failed bracelet project.
I hadn't seen them for many months, and had almost forgotten how pretty they are together!

(Again, apologies for the average pics, these were just taken on a whim..)

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kelpie

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Whoa! That thing looks like it has molten lava inside! I think it could hold it's own in a bezel but have you ever seen Sally channel set baguettes? I bet that is a tricky task requiring practice and skill. I do think that stones need diamonds to set it off. I can't wait to see the finished product.
 

arjunajane

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athenaworth|1313306228|2990481 said:
Wow! That's amazing! Can't wait to see it set.
Thanks Athena ::)


kelpie said:
Whoa! That thing looks like it has molten lava inside! I think it could hold it's own in a bezel but have you ever seen Sally channel set baguettes? I bet that is a tricky task requiring practice and skill. I do think that stones need diamonds to set it off. I can't wait to see the finished product.
Hi Kelpie - cheers, I am really happy with the spess, being over 2ct and clean - and looks like I got in before the most recent price-hike.

I haven't seen a project from sally with channel set bags - although the idea was her suggestion. Sally originally suggested a solitaire for my spess, and a separate band for the bags, as I contacted her with multi-projects in mind (which I may still do);
then it was my idea to combine the two.
I know Sally would not suggest something if she was not confident herself and her setters can pull it off.
But you are right for sure, this is a look that requires precision. I guess I'll just ask - I've been out of the PS / jewellery 'loop' for some time, so I've missed plenty of projects.

I also agree with you, that although I have some gem solitaires I'm really fond of, I tend to prefer my gemstone rings with diamonds to offset them :))





Another thing, how do folks feel about diamonds in sterling silver? I don't own any (except one small bezelled diamond in a sterling gem 3 stone ring).
For those that may have had diamonds set in sterling through etsy or elsewhere, are you happy with the way they are wearing?
 

Arkteia

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The stone glows and the color is amazing! I can see how Doug's pictures do not do it justice. I can not give any advice on feeling spessartites. The only time it worked for me was with a semi-bezel. It would be interesting to see what you and Sally finally come up with...
 

Kismet

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Gorgeous stone! What a lovely glow it has. I'm sure the setting will be equally as lovely.
 

JewelFreak

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Gorgeous spess! Whatever you do with it, it will be smashing. I like the baguette idea -- am sure Sally will come up with something unique & wonderful.

And I LOVE the colors of your other stones together -- whatever you end up doing w/them, they'd be glorious together!
 

bright ice

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What a gorgeous Spess and Doug's cutting skills makes it even more outstanding. Such a beautiful color. I want to see this one completed as
I am thinking of working with Sally on a project.
 

y2kitty

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Beautiful! I was always hoping you would come back and post this.
 

Coco914

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Wow! That spess is absolutely AMAZING... I love it. I don't think I'd be able to drive with that beauty on my finger, not without sunglasses. As for silver with diamonds, I think it most definitely works - especially when created by a fine craftsman/craftswoman. It's quite easy to polish and you don't have to conern yourself with re-dipping. A lot of designer jewelry available on the market has gone the route of silver with diamonds.
 

movie zombie

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i think your photos are better than the vendors! can't wait to see the finished ring.
 

Aven

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That's going to be one gorgeous ring, I cant wait to see how she uses the baguettes in your ring.
 

Arkteia

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I came back to this post in the morning. To look at the stone once again. It glows in different monitors. Yesterday I saw it on my 'Droid screen (hence mistakes in my post; Droid "autocorrects"); today I tried a laptop and a desktop. Positively no brown on either! Great find! And a wonderful cut!
 

stargurl78

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I normally don't like orange, but that stone is GORGEOUS! Can't wait to see it in its finished setting!
 
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:love: gosh that's bright and soooo lovely. Can't wait for ring pics :D


Oooo I love your mix pastels, they're so delicate :D
 

tyty333

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Wow...does that thing glow are what? It looks like it has its own light source!
 

minousbijoux

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Hands down the most saturated and gorgeous spess I've seen. I would LOVE to find one like that. I would put it in a ring and never take it off :love: :love:
 

pregcurious

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Beautiful spess! I also love the colors from your former bracelet. You have a great eye for combining different stones.
 

Gypsy

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That spess it to die for. WOW. It certainly does glow!
 

arjunajane

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Thanks very much everyone for your kind comments!

I'm glad others think the spess is a lil special and it's not just my eye ::)

Apologies I haven't got as much time as I used to for keeping up with my threads, but I do promise to post about results.

cheers everyone! :wavey:
 

Indylady

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My gosh that orange is bright!! :love:
 
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