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Rough Stones on the Rise

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When most people think of jewellery it’s the polished finishes and smooth cuts that come to mind. There seems to be a tendency in the industry to favour proven techniques and overlook rough stone designs. We thought we’d take a look at a collection of rough stones to see why that is...

Perhaps it’s true that the perfected methods of cutting gemstones and finding tone and colour are simply very effective. A glance at any good collection would reveal how elegantly these faceted stones utilise the light. Or perhaps the raw, uncut appearance of a rough gemstone is just too rugged for jewellery.

The most common rough stone design features unpolished diamonds framed by a traditional setting. Take this collection of stylish Rough Diamond Rings for example. Not only is this technique much cheaper than the painstaking process involved in the crafting of fine jewellery, it’s also offers an aesthetic quirk that reveals the seldom seen truth of what a rough cut gemstone actually looks like. Pretty as they might appear, faceted stones conceal the natural patterns and inconsistent colour of the rough state. It’s hard to explain why fresh vegetables taste better when you grow and dig them from the ground yourself, but they do. We think the same illusion applies to rough gems.

Check out this smooth Raw Quartz Necklace, available with a variety of shapely centrepieces, including Citrine and Amethyst, slightly carved into a more rugged and uneven style. Quartz is a popular mineral for rough stone jewellery, arranged in ragged clusters these crystalline stones can enrich your accessories with a unique and honest allure. They certainly offer a stark alternative to the lean designs that gemcutters have developed throughout the millennia. They also evoke the experiences of the miners who first found those mineral-rich rocks pocked with sparkling geodes.

Today modern technology can be used to facilitate subtle treatments. Sometimes 3D printers are even employed to create rough gemstones artificially. At the same time rough stone jewellery has received recognition for its raw distinctiveness. In fact recently it’s found an audience amongst the upper echelons and received a much greater take-up from consumers. We could be looking at a change that would constitute a shift in the current zeitgeist regarding high-end jewellery.

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