Sapphire Spinel Splendor
This is truly a very unique pair of earrings! They have a true art-deco, estate look to them because they were based on the world-renowned 1940's designs of Harry Winston. This pair is set with 17 blue Spinel stones each, which have been cut into an elongated trapezoid baguette cut. The spiral setting of these spinel stones gives this the deco design we were going for. These spinel baguettes frame in the stunning half-carat (5mm) round synthetic “diamond” in the center. The outer edge border of 24 small round clear “diamonds” has a scalloped shape, which also tends to give this large stud more of its vintage, estate vibe. The entire earring measures just a hair over 1/2″ in size, and since the post is in the center this should cover most of your lobe. This item is made out of nickel-free sterling silver sealed in rhodium-platinum to resist tarnishing when cared for properly.
What is a Spinel stone? It is a mineral that owes its beautiful color to cobalt that joined the minerals as the gemstone was forming. Spinels form as a cubic crystal, like diamonds do. They typically contain magnesium and aluminum, and the chemical formula for it is MgAl₂O₄. It has a hardness of 8 on the “Mohs Hardness Scale” (a genuine diamond has a hardness of 10). The cobalt blue Spinel, as seen here, is the rarest color of all, and can usually be found growing exclusively on Baffin Island. Baffin Island sits above the Arctic Circle on the easternmost edge of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, close to southeast Greenland.
This has a matching pendant until it sells out.