Well, it really does depend on the individual because the appreciation of jewellery is entirely subjective. Really the only value it has is determined and internalised by its wearer, meaning that the worth of a piece is measured by an emotional, and not monetary, standard.
Sometimes jewellery is cherished because it acts as a talisman, fortifying its wearer by reminding them of where they came from. This is especially true when it comes to heirlooms. However, generally speaking the allure of the jewellery we love is inexplicable. Perhaps we can describe why we’re drawn to a particular effusion – maybe it evokes the sea or a languid sunset – but we can’t necessarily define the purpose of owning such a treasure. In the end it just makes you feel good or more radiant when you wear it, and what’s wrong with that?
I guess it comes down to wonder – an experience which is often very fleeting. William Blake once wrote about how moments of deep contemplation could confer the ability to find ‘a World in a Grain of Sand.’ This seems to suggest that wonder is something we learn from looking closely at our surroundings, whether it’s the upland pastures of a timeless country or the cold mystery of the domical night sky. The latter example has long been a source of endless wonder for humankind. Since time immemorial we have looked up at space and been subdued by the stars, baffled by their ancient stillness and the prospect of other, unseen eyes looking back at us.
For this latest blog I wanted to address our love of jewellery, namely gemstones, and to also observe the celestial bodies around us, in the hope of demystifying the origin and attraction of these natural treasures, whilst also looking at the reasons why we cherish them so dearly. Indeed gemstones, much like ourselves, are related to the stars. In recent years NASA’s Global Surveyor found traces of peridot on the rugged surface of Mars. Long before that, in 1911, the meteorite Nakhla ploughed into an isolated Egyptian town. This meteorite had traveled all the way to Earth from the Red Planet, Mars, having broken loose from the cratered crust millions of years ago. Using an electron microscope analysts were able to separate traces of opal from the meteorite, linking yet another gemstone to those wondrous luminaries that speckle the night sky.
So you see, our attraction to jewellery is not so dissimilar from the wonder evoked by the stars and planets. To coin Blake’s phrase, they are the ‘Worlds’ and gemstones are the ‘Grains of Sand.’ To further explore this point we’ve arranged a collection of our own gemstones and matched them with the planets we thought best complemented their vivid colours and individual properties.
‘Ring of Fire,’ the Sun and our Octagon Cut 5.60ct Citrine Ring: http://bit.ly/1l0lwD8
‘Moonflower,’ Mercury and our White Gold Necklace with Diamond Pendant: http://bit.ly/1l0lLxL
‘Planet Love,’ Venus and our 2ct Ruby Solitaire Ring: http://bit.ly/1l0m1gf
‘Home Sweet Home,’ Earth and our 1.50ct Aquamarine Pendant with Belle Necklace: http://bit.ly/1l0mhfa
‘Red Rocks,’ Mars and our 1.15ct Garnet Filigree Ring: http://bit.ly/1l0mEGG
‘Subdued Colour,’ Jupiter and our Opal Heart Pendant: http://bit.ly/1l0mRJS
‘Ringed Spheres,’ Saturn and our Pearl Serpent Earrings: http://bit.ly/1l0n6EX
‘Lucid Waters,’ Uranus and our 7.60ct Blue Topaz Ring: http://bit.ly/1l0nq6I
‘Deep Oceans,’ Neptune and our 1.50ct Sapphire Pendant: http://bit.ly/1l0nUd2
‘Rugged Ice,’ Pluto and our 34ct Rose Quartz Earrings: http://bit.ly/1l0nLGt