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Britt’s Pick: Electric Blue Rock Pool Ring By Origin 31


There’s really never a bad time to obsess over—and stock—sapphire jewelry, but with September on the horizon, it’s an especially appropriate time.

Sapphire seems as ubiquitous as a diamond, and just as (if not more) beloved—it feels like an obvious choice for a lot of customers. In its most recognizable form of blue, there’s nothing it won’t match. It’s a dreamy option for all seasons, not particularly associated with any single one, and it’s strong enough to weather most wear, even as an engagement ring.

As gemstones go, it’s one of the safest and most reliable options out there—but don’t mistake that for boring.

The industry knows this—we’ve seen jaw-dropping sapphires, and beautifully designed jewels featuring September’s birthstone have etched themselves into our memories.

And the hits keep coming.

The latest comes courtesy of U.K. jeweler Origin 31. While sapphire plays a relatively small part in the piece’s positively inspired design, it still makes its mark as the sole gemstone providing the sparkle, and it does so beautifully.

It’s almost electric, really. That’s what the brand is calling this version of its Rock Pool ring—Electric Blue—hailing from a collection of the same name. Inspired by the sense of escapism that comes with being on holiday, the line evokes a carefree joy that comes from getting away from it all.

The ring offers a brightness that’s otherworldly. What magical wizardry is this seaworthy scene derived from? “Well, I can’t give the game away totally about how bright I get it, but fundamentally, ceramic plating is almost like a combination of standard plating mixed with enameling, as it also involves an oven or kiln for curing,” Origin 31 founder Jenny House tells me.

Of course the secrets of its creation make it all the more enchanting. It’s as if the entrance to a new undersea world has opened up, outlined in bright blue ceramic plating and then set with glittering, color-soaked sapphires. This scene, drawing wandering eyes from afar like a beacon, is like a river of treasure glimmering along its fault lines.

Origin 31 offers a series of pieces like this—with pink sapphire, ruby, emerald, and diamond also available on its website in pendants, bands, and more—and takes custom orders resulting in a never-ending array of color combinations.

Top: Rock Pool wide custom Colour Pop ring in Fairmined 18k yellow gold with ceramic and 0.3 ct. t.w. sapphires, $3,332; Origin 31

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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