My first home was a cottage by the sea. I was born March 28, 1949. We moved in for the summer seven weeks after I was born and stayed the summer and into the fall.
Out front was a white sand beach, and the open blue Atlantic. If you sailed in a straight line south you’d hit the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. Out back we had a 16 foot sailboat on a tidal river and a ten acres saltwater marsh. The marsh grass was green all summer and turned yellow in the fall. On three sides of our cottage we had sand dunes higher than a 7 year old, with beach grass that grew naturally. This was so long ago there were no signs that said, “Keep Off the Sand Dunes” to prevent erosion.
As a new baby, I listened to the call of sea gulls and tried to eat beach sand. Life at the beach was good. At one year old I had two loving parents, a beach, a boat and the entire Atlantic Ocean at my front door.
The Call of the Gull
We come to the beach and the family cottage on June 1st every year.
On one of my first overnights, I remember waking to full sun and a dew-laden bike and car. Everything was wet with beaded dew and there on the car was a clear sandy set of gull prints across the roof. Later, following the sand path to the beach, the breakfast club of fifty to sixty herring gulls was assembled on a stretch of white sand, some sitting, most standing.
The tide was high, waves coming ashore as I came to the end of the path. I know I am their threat. I can hear their primal calls. I can hear their guttural staccato, and the long, drawn out single notes. I feel the sound in my chest and forearms. When they see me, the sitters get up. They walk. They look over their shoulders, look once, keep walking, look twice and keep walking.Then one takes flight, then three. Then seven are scooting, and then a hundred wings are flashing gray and white in the early morning light.
The Best Colored Gemstone for Every Day Wear
Gemstone hardness is an important consideration if you intend to wear and enjoy a ring every day. Most people know diamonds, at a hardness of 10, are the ultimate for every day wear. When it comes to colored gemstones, sapphires and rubies (hardness of 9) are the best choice and while we do beautiful blue sapphires in this ring design, ruby is not an option. It’s simply too rare.
Cross’ Passion for Blue Sapphire
Most Jewelers say the darker the better,
We say the bluer the better
People often comment on how blue our sapphires are, how brilliant and pure the color. We believe in blue, pure true blue. True blue is a medium toned blue. True blue is not navy or inky dark. True blue is bright and brilliant. True blue sapphires are shades of blue you can relax into; they calm, comfort and soothe.
If You Love Blue
Many sapphires are simply too dark. Often to see the blue in these sapphires you’d need to stand under intense direct light. In its finest qualities, a blue sapphire should be blue under normal life lighting conditions – home, office, and outdoors; not just under the bright showcase lights of a jewelry store.
Chosen One at a Time
Most jewelers prefer dark sapphires because they are easier to source and easier to match. Our sapphire jewelry starts with the selection of the individual gem. We choose gems one at a time, and evaluate them under various lighting conditions to find the best performing sapphires. The result is a gem which is bright, blue, and brilliant – everything you want in a sapphire. This process takes more time and it results in the best, brightest, and truest bluest sapphire jewelry.
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