New Ruby pendant

Look!  Look at the new pretty! A 1.52 ct  SI Ruby, set in a slightly Etruscan-looking handforged setting. I’m not sure “Ruby” should be capitalized, but I’ve decided that’s how we’re going to roll at Vaka Design.  Rubies deserve it. Beautiful Rubies glow.  That, with their color, is what they are prized for (is there … Continue reading New Ruby pendant

Opals: who knew?

I’ve never been the slightest bit interested in working with opals.    The hue of old milk with bits of anemic color feebly attempting to glimmer through?  Petrified yak snot would probably be more interesting. But recently a client asked me to design a pendant with opal, and so I went researching, hoping to come up … Continue reading Opals: who knew?

New Diamond

While  I’m not fond of white diamonds, I was intrigued by this one.  It’s peppered with the carbon that, when heavily present, makes a diamond black.   But this has just a bit of it….and I like it!   If we called this a white diamond, then these flecks would be seen as a detriment to the … Continue reading New Diamond

So pretty

Look at what I ordered!   I love it so much I’m going to marry it. This stone is rose cut, 1.24 ct, and 6.1 mm across. I only purchase natural diamonds;  treated and irradiated diamonds lack nuanced color variations, and this is why I’ve not purchased black diamonds before.  Most blacks are irradiated and are … Continue reading So pretty

Rose cut diamond ring

Pretty, sparkly, shiny, new.  This is what I’ve done with this diamond. The biggest issue in photographing jewelry is the difficulty of capturing the true tones and textures of such highly reflective and refractive surfaces.  The wrong light can make it impossible! I photographed this piece in the morning light, which often makes things look … Continue reading Rose cut diamond ring