U.K.-based designer Ruth Tomlinson, one of the participants in the MAD RE:FINE jewelry capsule we reported on last week, has rallied her business around the creation of one-of-a-kind, intentionally imperfect engagement rings, all handmade in her London studio.
A number of these will be on view when RE:FINE launches next week, but I had a chance to view her entire lookbook and was struck by her use of dusty brown and gold champagne diamonds and two very unusual marmalade-colored tourmalines.
As Tomlinson explains in this marketing video, she favors hand-cut diamonds used in Victorian and Georgian jewelry. “Commercial jewelers have boxes that tick the four Cs, but we’re more interested in the essence of beauty in the imperfect, reassessing what is luxury and looking at a jewel before the four Cs were even invented,” she says.
Tomlinson’s way too classy to describe the nuanced hues of her stone choices as “pumpkin spice.” But survey the palette of some of her latest and greatest, and you do get a warm, autumnal vibe, like the colors of Connecticut foliage just before the leaves fade and scatter.
Makes you want to sip hot apple cider garnished with a cinnamon stick and sprinkled with nutmeg. Or, you know, that other pumpkin spice beverage one starts to crave around 4 p.m.
Just hold the whipped cream—there’s nothing frothy about the engagement rings below; they’re more gritty-pretty, with stones that whisper of their rustic or antique provenance and settings that reveal the beautiful vagaries of human touch.
Asymmetric ring with 0.85 ct. pear-shape champagne diamond and 0.165 ct. t.w. antique white diamond and granules in 14k yellow gold, $8,730
Ring with 1.4 ct. pink tourmaline and gray diamonds in 14k yellow gold, $2,702
Asymmetric ring with 0.56 ct. yellow main diamond and assorted antique diamonds in 18k gold, $7,093
Raw diamond solitaire ring in 14k gold, $2,149
Champagne diamond solitaire ring in 14k gold, $3,436
Asymmetric ring with 1 ct. rose-cut main diamond and white and champagne accent diamonds in 14k gold, $9,821
Half round band with champagne diamonds and granules in 14k gold, $2,128
(Top: Encrusted tourmaline ring with 4.5 ct. oval-cut tourmaline and champagne diamonds in 14k gold, $5,183)
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