The necklace above gathers one of the rarest types of sapphires in the world in a design that celebrates 100-plus years of best-in-class workmanship from Oscar Heyman, one of America’s most historically significant jewelry firms.
It’s also a celebration of the fine art of gem hunting. “We had some stones in our inventory that started us on this journey,” says Tom Heyman. And not just any old stones—“pads” (that is, padparadscha sapphires) in an ombré palette of orange-strawberry, guava, and pale, pale peach that would be perfect for an extraordinary rivière-style necklace if enough stones could be acquired. And so the team began actively collecting additional padparadschas for the design during their various gem-buying trips to Sri Lanka. The magic number was 45 no-heat, oval beauties that collectively capture the myriad, magnificently subtle tones that are unique to padparadschas.
To enhance this color story, blue sapphires and diamonds were added for contrast. Priced upon request, the necklace will be one of the main attractions in Oscar Heyman’s Holiday 2017 catalog.
See the infographic below for more of this necklace’s impressive stats. Cheers!
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