Ring Style: A Cottage by the Sea
Precious Metal: 14K Yellow Gold
Sapphire: 7x5mm oval (.86 carat)
Diamonds: 8 = .30 carat total
Ring Sizing & Delivery Time The majority of our rings are size 6.5 to start. Remarkably, this size fits 30% of all women. If you would like this ring made to a specific size, we will ship within one week of your order.
As we get closer to Christmas, our goal for sizing rings is to ship sooner than a week. When you checkout online, we provide an expected delivery date. Because of the value and that you must sign for the package, we will call or email you when we are ready to ship to ensure a smooth delivery.
If You Need the Ring Faster – simply select in the finger size selection box “No Sizing Yet, Ship Right Away”. We will ship the ring in its present size. You will have your new ring in a few days, boxed, bowed and ready for presentation.
After receiving your ring, if you find it needs additional adjustment, give us a call and we will mail you a special free set of ring sizers and a prepaid return label to send the ring back to us for final sizing. Read more about ring sizing.
My Dad was in the navy during WWII. He was stationed in the Pacific on Saipan. He was an assistant cook. He pealed potatoes in the morning and went diving in the coral reefs in the afternoon. His letters home alarmed his parents. He wrote often about the warmth of the waters, the idyllic year-round air, the beauty of the tropical vegetation, and swimming with schools of fish. Clearly, his parents could see he had never been happier. They were concerned the war would end and he would come home then book a flight back to a tropical island in the Pacific.
His mom and dad had an oceanfront cottage on a white sand beach in Maine. Theirs was the last cottage on the beach down among the sand dunes. There was one other building further down, a two-story boathouse with big barn doors that opened to the river and a hand crank winch at the other end of the building to bring the boat in for winter storage. When the two-story building came up for sale, they bought it for $150.
My Dad, just after he got off the train, standing in front of his new property.
When my dad got home from Saipan, the beach and his new boat building were the first stop after he got off the train. Above is a photo of him wearing his navy uniform, standing in front of his new property.
Parents are good people. What they will do for their kids, their happiness, safety, and well being is legend. My dad met his future wife, age 17 on the beach beside his boathouse. He settled down, became a carpenter, built seven other cottages on the beach. He expanded his boathouse to living quarters. Our family has been summering at the boathouse for 75 years.
We call this ring “A Cottage by the Sea”. It’s really the beach house ring. It has a blue sapphire center locked in by sweeping golden waves, and surrounded by eight brilliant, sparkly light on the water diamonds. This ring is an awesome way to return to your favorite place by the sea whenever you wish.
I wrote this on Tuesday, June 1st. Our winter renter moved out Memorial Day Weekend. She left it immaculate. We are always impressed when our guests take such good care of our family cottage. Today our family cottage at the ocean comes back to us for the summer. We call it our beach house. My grandfather bought the beach house in 1944 for my dad to keep his sailboat in.
We open a bottle of this wine called “The Beach House” upon our return most summers.
This is a painting of our beach house in 1948
This is a bronze statue of two blue herons, one of the birds we see in our saltwater marsh every summer.
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.
Prompt free delivery is offered on all purchases shipped to mailing addresses within the United States.
Purchases under $1,000 are shipped free FedEx (please allow 4 business days for delivery). Upgraded to expedited delivery for $20.
Purchases over $1,000 are shipped free overnight. A signature is required on delivery.
Need a delivery to arrive on a specific day? Ask, we can arrange that. Would it be more convenient to deliver to your business address or directly to the recipient? We can do that too.
By providing us your e-mail address, you will receive tracking information on the progress of your delivery once it is shipped.
Orders Under $1,000 – Ship Free FedEx to arrive within 4 business days. Upgrade to overnight for $20.
Orders Over $1,000 – Ship Free FedEx Overnight or US Post Office Express. A signature is required on delivery.
Our extended ninety days, for a small business, is almost unheard of. Truth is, we shop for gifts too, and rather than scrambling at the last minute and feeling the tension of time, we like this more relaxed approach. We wish everyone did something like this… it would be a kinder, gentler world.