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The Alistair Kelsey collection

Discussion in 'Colored Gemstones' started by Acinom, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. shinyrocks
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    by shinyrocks » Nov 1, 2017
    Oh wow! That pendent is to die for! I love the almost liquid quality of the setting.
     
  2. Loves Vintage
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    by Loves Vintage » Nov 2, 2017
    Gemobsessed - Thank you so much! I never did start a separate thread for this ring, though I did love it. I say "did" because it is temporarily (I hope!) lost with my other rings (engagement and wedding.) I am sure they were taken off together, so I'm hoping they will all turn up one day. It's probably been 6 months though. Sorry to share the sad fate of this lovely ring with you. If you have any questions, I will try to answer.
     
  3. Gemobsessed
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    by Gemobsessed » Nov 2, 2017
    Oh I’m so sorry to hear you lost your rings! I hope they do turn up!

    I was curious to ask about the range that Alistair Kelsey charges for custom setting. I am looking for something similar for a squarish stone I have. I generally don’t do custom settings and try save up through readymade mounts but I have a special gem.
     
  4. Arkteia
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    by Arkteia » Nov 3, 2017
    Superb. Like the whole collection.
     
  5. Loves Vintage
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    by Loves Vintage » Nov 3, 2017
    Gemobsessed - Definitely send him a quick note for an idea. From what I recall, the price was very reasonably, but there are so many variables, that it would be hard for me to suggest a range (variables like side diamonds or no, type of metal, and I think the exchange rate was favorable to me at the time.) So, definitely check with him. This was also my only custom piece (and really my only colored stone aside from a cheapie stone I picked up along the way) so it's hard for me to compare with others.

    I think if you like his work and have a special piece in mind, that you should pursue it!!!
     
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  6. Gemobsessed
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    by Gemobsessed » Nov 3, 2017
    Ok will do :)
     
  7. Maisie
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    by Maisie » Jan 7, 2018
    I contacted Alistair for a price quote for my blue Zircon to be set in unplated white gold. I showed him Acinom’s beautiful VC tourmaline ring as inspiration. Sadly his quote was way more than I can afford at the minute. He quoted me 2-3k. Just thought it might help anyone out who might be thinking of contacting him for a project.
     
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  8. Maisie
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    by Maisie » Jan 7, 2018
    That price was in Australian dollars! Not a bad price after all :)
     
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  9. mochiko42
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    by mochiko42 » Jan 7, 2018
    @Maisie do you know if he carries insurance for setting customers' stones? (for non Australian customers)
     
  10. Maisie
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    by Maisie » Jan 7, 2018
    Oh, I didn’t think to ask. I will though.
     
  11. Cockatiel
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    by Cockatiel » Jan 7, 2018
    2k AUD for that setting would be a almost steal I think.....3k still not bad considering the quality of his work. Also it seems like he is someone you can "trust" more in the artistic aspect, in the sense you know he won't create something ugly....or off in terms of proportions and architecture. That can't be said for a lot of jewelers I think. If he was based in north America, I would have gone to him many times already.​
     
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  12. Maisie
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    by Maisie » Jan 7, 2018
    I agree with you. His work is stunning. He is patiently answering all my questions - always a good sign!

    He said he is insured to work with my stone. Happy days!
     
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  13. Oceangirl
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    by Oceangirl » Aug 20, 2018
    My new piece by Alistair. Awaiting its arrival, hopefully this week!

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  14. natasha-cupcake
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    by natasha-cupcake » Aug 20, 2018
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    I love this! What a gorgeous setting!
     
  15. voce
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    by voce » Aug 20, 2018
    Sleek and elegant! Looking forward to your hand shots :mrgreen2:
     
  16. Oceangirl
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    by Oceangirl » Aug 20, 2018
    Thanks Voce, so am I!
     
  17. bright ice
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    by bright ice » Aug 20, 2018
    Such a gorgeous design, I love it :love:
     
  18. Acinom
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    by Acinom » Aug 21, 2018
    Such a refined design!! Can’t wait to hear what you think when you see it in real life.
     
  19. Crystal_Dreams
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    by Crystal_Dreams » Aug 21, 2018
    I finally have one to share!!

    Got these photos from Alistair last night. The man IS a magician- he pulled this off in under 2 weeks.

    It’s an Oregon sunstone set in rose gold in the Floret pendant, with yellow gold claws and basket. The yellow gold claws are slightly burnt at the tips. The back of the setting has been modified to allow a chain to pass through and allow more light in.

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  20. voce
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    by voce » Aug 21, 2018
    Wow, what a beautiful setting for your sunstone; it's exquisite! :geek2:
     
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  21. Oceangirl
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  22. Acinom
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    by Acinom » Aug 23, 2018
    Woohaa! What a stunning pendant! I love the subtle and refined detailing and the pure and feminin shape. A gorgeous piece for you Oregon sunstone. Looking forward to see more pics
     
  23. Acinom
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    by Acinom » Aug 23, 2018
    This is true elegance! Both the diamond and the setting are top notch. Did it meet you expectations when you saw it for the first time?
     
  24. voce
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    by voce » Aug 23, 2018
    :love:Even more gorgeous irl imo
     
  25. Sabrina31
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    by Sabrina31 » Aug 23, 2018
    @crystaldreams, that sunstone pendant is gorgeous, can wait to see neck shots!!
     
  26. SeekingClarity
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    by SeekingClarity » Aug 26, 2018
    Hi @Acinom , perhaps a silly question (or questions) as part of my first foray into colored stones with another AK project potentially on the horizon. I was wondering if you purchase your colored stones directly from Doug or do you let Alistair source them directly (like with melee)? The two of them are both Sydney (approximately) based, so I was assuming they'd have a working relationship. Would there be any financial benefit of sourcing it through AK, similar to the way one gets a small discount by sourcing a diamond and setting for an engagement ring works?

    (Apologies if this is hijacking the thread, it didn't seem worthwhile as a separate topic with such a specific question, but happy for it to be moved!)

    Cheers,
    SC
     
  27. lovedogs
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    by lovedogs » Aug 26, 2018
    @SeekingClarity I'm not Acinom, but have worked with AK and Doug. They know each other, so I don't think it would be an issue for doug to send stones directly to AK. Just FYI!

    I'd always recommend working with Doug for stones, he's incredibly talented and prices are always fair!
     
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  28. Acinom
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    by Acinom » Aug 26, 2018
    Hi @SeekingClarity ! How exciting that you are moving into the world of coloured stones!

    As @lovedogs mentioned: Doug Menadue and Alistair work together often. They admire each others work. Alistair sources a lot of stones from Doug to set them for clients and for his own collection. I don’g think there is a finsncial benefit to source directly from AK, but it never hurts to ask.

    Personally I have sourced from Doug (and from other cutters/vendors as well) and have them sent to Alistair.
    As Alistair has a great eye, I would not hesitate to do the sourcing via AK.

    Enjoy the process, and please share a lot of pics of the rings and pendant Alistair created for you
     
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  29. SeekingClarity
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    by SeekingClarity » Sep 4, 2018
    Thanks, @lovedogs and @Acinom ! Great to hear Doug being vouched for on these boards and see that he has a working relationship with AK as well. Will have to stop in to see some of his stones in person.

    I've also been meaning to get more photos of the jewellery, thanks for the reminder.

    Cheers,
    SC
     
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  30. AmethystHope
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    by AmethystHope » Oct 8, 2018
    @Acinom - Thank you for this thread! I love Alistair's work and I highly doubt that I would have stumbled upon him on my own. I have an octagon cut aquamarine that he's going to set in a white 18 kt Floret ring. I'm also sending a square step cut purple sapphire that I want to be taken out of a setting that is "meh" to me and transformed into a pendant/necklace. I'm excited about the process for both stones and just wanted to say thanks for posting about Alistair. =)2
     
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