Like you, I was confined to the place that I call Home.
At the beginning of the pandemic, I left New York City for the beachside town in Massachusetts where I spent summers throughout my childhood. It is a place that has remained "Home" into my adult life. No matter where I have gone or what I have done, when I say "Home" there is only one place that I mean. So when the world shut down and everything was scary, I packed a bag and moved home.
As an artist who creates jewelry with inspiration and forms based on going to places, I was stuck at home and became stuck on the question:
What makes a place a home?
After ruminating on this question for weeks during my walks on the beach, I distilled my answer to a short list:
A home is: Family. Memories. Love.
Curiously enough, the same list applies to more than one thing! The things that make a "Home" are the same things that are captured in the promise of an engagement ring.
They say "Home is where the heart is" and throughout this past year of being home, I have tapped into that heart to create a capsule collection of commitment rings that I could not be happier to share with you now.
The collection includes five styles, each named after and borrowing motifs from five of the places I have lived and called "Home". The styles include: Providence, West Side, Kingsley, Berkshire, and Westport. (Read more about these styles below!)
I have the pleasure of working with individuals and couples to create custom jewelry that marks their most meaningful milestones. I have borrowed some of my favorite motifs and styles from meaningful custom projects and incorporated them into the collection styles.
Each ring is crafted by hand and features unique, responsibly sourced gemstones in 18k recycled yellow gold (Read more about the materials used below!).
I look forward to these rings transforming in meaning and importance as they find their homes.
As always, thank you for using my creations to tell your stories.
Elements Used In The Collection
Montana, known as the Treasure State, is rich in many mineral and gemstone sources, including sapphires that come in a wide variety of fancy colors, including a range of blues and greens, purples, lavenders, pinks, yellow, and a host of other hues. For this collection, I have selected Montana Sapphires in the colors that surround me by the sea.
*Montana Sapphires are guaranteed to be sourced with safe working conditions and environmentally responsible principles.
Sapphires Cut By John Dyer
John Dyer has cut the sapphires over 0.20-carats used in this collection. Dyer is a master gem cutter who is renowned for his artistic ability. He is the recipient of over 50 elite gem-cutting awards, including a multi-time winner of the AGTA Spectrum Awards.
Every Dyer gemstone is a unique work of art. Dyer studies each gemstone individually to determine the best way to maximize the gem's beauty and brilliance. He releases the hidden allure of each gem through innovative, proprietary cutting styles.
Recycled diamonds — also known as reclaimed or estate diamonds — are diamonds that were previously set in jewelry and have re-entered the diamond supply chain as loose gemstones. Recycled Diamonds are eco-friendly diamonds and are the most environmentally-friendly and socially conscious choice. Because they’re repurposed instead of newly mined and very little energy is used to bring them to market, there is very low impact on the environment.
To extract diamonds from the Earth, the mining process requires massive amounts of soil to be removed. Harm to the air, soil, and water quality can occur and possible chemical contamination from mining can impact local communities. Recycled diamonds help us avoid these risks.
Diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring material which means they are perfect for recycling — they can be worn and reset without any trace. Once reclaimed, these diamonds are used to create brand new pieces of jewelry.
Old Cut Diamonds
Old Cut Diamonds are cut in a way that maximizes Dispersion, creating a magical rainbow of light breaking into the spectral colors in every stone. The diamonds in this collection are each a prismatic beauty in their play with light. They provide fleeting shocks of color that are the perfect translation of the wonder and magic of love, light, and hope.