Mother Nature made the gem and a cutter gave it life, but James Currens set a jaw-droppingly sexy, crimson-colored 12.99 ct. t.w. ruby cabochon into a worship-worthy platinum and colorless diamond mounting with a rubenesque silhouette. This stone’s color is passionate and haunting—the lovechild of Chanel’s Red Dragon 475 and Prada’s spring 2013 poppy lips—with a surface boasting soft, subtle curves. Like the memory of your first kiss, it’s a piece that won’t fade quickly in your mind, or in Spectrum Award history: It took both the Best of Show prize and first place in the Classical category in the 2013 Spectrum Awards. While Currens is no stranger to making award-winning jewelry, surely this one raised his blood pressure just a bit during creation.
The Lava ring in platinum with a 12.99 ct. ruby cabochon with 1.47 cts. t.w. marquise-cut diamonds and 7.40 cts. t.w. diamond melee; James Currens, J.W. Currens Inc.