JCK Las Vegas: Rough Rocks


Rough is quite the rage in jewelry right now. Rough-cut diamonds cost less than colorless Ideal-cut stones, giving consumers a bigger look for their money, and feature beautiful natural colors and inclusions. Many of the rough stones–diamond or other–that I saw during JCK Las Vegas were polished to create smooth windows to view Mother Nature’s handiwork. Rough slices of some stones have sparkling drusy-like effects, while polished pieces emphasize cool colors.


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Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out the Luxury insert in the July issue of JCK for a photo shoot featuring polished rough diamond jewelry.


Sylva & Cie polished rough diamond rings 

Polished rough diamond rings by Sylva & Cie.


Rough diamonds from Hubert
A rough diamond bracelet under construction by Hubert.


Carved ring by Sevan Bicakci
A ring by Sevan features a wide view of the Hagia Sophia church in Istanbul. The ‘church’ is set underneath faceted clear crystal quartz, and this ring is Sevan’s first that features his signature carvings on either side of ring, not just the top.



Carved ring by Sevan Bicakci
Another faceted and carved ring features a lifelike bouquet of flowers. Also by Sevan.


Rock crystal and pyrite from Anna Ruth Henriques
A pyrite necklace is shown in its natural state, while a piece of faceted rock crystal is set over a painting on mother of pearl. Jewelry by Anna Ruth Henriques

faceted carnelian ring from Anna Ruth Henriques
A faceted ring with gold accents is fashioned out of a chunk of carnelian. Jewelry by Anna Ruth Henriques


Faceted beads from David Yurman.
Oversize faceted green onyx beads from David Yurman

Polished diamond slices from Fani.

Polished rough slices of diamonds from Fani. [This photo is actually from the Baselworld show, but I never posted it on the blog.]

Polished rough diamonds set in platinum from Nina Runsdorf.
Polished rough diamonds are set against a rough stone background with colorless accents. By Nina Runsdorf, New York; (212) 382-1243.

Rough blue diamonds in platinum from Nina Runsdorf.
Pendant from Nina Runsdorf.
Rough blue diamonds set in platinum by Nina Runsdorf, New York; (212) 382-1243.






 Diamond bracelet from Nina Runsdorf.
Rough diamonds set on an agate cuff. Nina Runsdorf, New York; (212) 382-1243.

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