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Name: Big Blue Lighthouse Tower

Item#: CMT2094

Precious Metal: 18K Yellow & White Gold

Blue Sapphire: 3.83 carats (11.2×7.6mm Oval)

Diamonds: 11 = .27 carat

Pendant Length: 1″

Chain: 18″ 14K Yellow Gold

Big Blue Lighthouse Tower Sapphire & Diamond Necklace

Style #: CMT2094

Top of a lighthouse, almost, not exactly but almost. The tower, the lens, the sparkling prismatic reflectors, the blue sky, the blue sea, the golden light sweeping. Everyone, everyone sailing, making it home safely.

Big Blue is a serious safe presence by the sea. It’s the keeper in a blue jacket and hat. It’s the Collie dog by his side which you can’t see because both are down at the base of the lighthouse, out of view.

We have Lighthouse Day here in Maine in early September every year, where many of our lighthouses are open. You can climb the internal metal spiral staircase to the light tower – our castles by the sea. Many of the lighthouses had Fresnel lenses – triangular cut glass designed to magnify and focus the light into a powerful beam to sweep the sea – to mark the course and the way home. Our lenses are the little white diamonds at the sides. The big blue sapphire is the sea, and clearly the sea is not set in the center of the lighthouse – and yet that is exactly where we have put the big blue gem. Wear it and be the source of guiding light.

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Necklace Details

Name: Big Blue Lighthouse Tower

Item#: CMT2094

Precious Metal: 18K Yellow & White Gold

Blue Sapphire: 3.83 carats (11.2×7.6mm Oval)

Diamonds: 11 = .27 carat

Pendant Length: 1″

Chain: 18″ 14K Yellow Gold

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Big Blue Lighthouse Tower

Blue Sapphire & Diamond Necklace

From Cross’s Clipper Ship Trade Wind Collection

 

Top of a lighthouse, almost, not exactly but almost. The tower, the lens, the sparkling prismatic reflectors, the blue sky, the blue sea, the golden light sweeping. Everyone, everyone sailing, making it home safely.

Big Blue is a serious safe presence by the sea. It’s the keeper in a blue jacket and hat. It’s the Collie dog by his side which you can’t see because both are down at the base of the lighthouse, out of view.

We have Lighthouse Day here in Maine in early September every year, where many of our lighthouses are open. You can climb the internal metal spiral staircase to the light tower – our castles by the sea. Many of the lighthouses had Fresnel lenses – triangular cut glass designed to magnify and focus the light into a powerful beam to sweep the sea – to mark the course and the way home. Our lenses are the little white diamonds at the sides. The big blue sapphire is the sea, and clearly the sea is not set in the center of the lighthouse – and yet that is exactly where we have put the big blue gem. Wear it and be the source of guiding light.

Rare, big oval blue sapphire at 3.83 carats. The safest sapphire in the neighborhood

The Gems

Blue sapphire – Blue sapphire usually comes from Southeast Asia. It’s a color nature feels generous with in this part of the world. We love blue, particularly blue that shows well after the sun goes down. We tend toward a lighter brighter true blue color in all of our sapphire pieces.

Diamonds – world sourced, cut in Belgium. Well-cut with a full complement of 58 facets, rating a 3 on our quality cut scale. Nice white color, beautifully matched. Hardness 10.

All of Maine’s Lighthouses on an Interactive Map

For fun we plotted each Maine Lighthouse on a map and were surprised by some of the lighthouse locations.

2) Maine’s Lighthouse Day: Two dozen Maine lighthouses open to tours. Walk up the spiral stairs. Really grand views.

 

3) Take a Maine Lighthouse Boat Tour to see the lighthouses from the water.

 

Lighthouse Checklist

For the list of all Maine lighthouses click here. Enter your email address in the form provided and we’ll email you a copy of the checklist.

 


About the Trade Wind Collection:

Where does inspiration come from? Where do the creative sparks for design begin? For Cross’ new Trade Wind Jewelry Collection, we find ourselves drawn into the story of Captain John Henry Drew, from Gardiner, Maine. Born in 1834, he grew up the son of a Ship’s Carver, and went to sea at the age of 15, eventually becoming Captain of a series of clipper ships, and traveling from New York to China and back home, when that voyage took more than seventeen months.

Instead of carving or knotting or other hobbies that were characteristic of sailors, this mostly self-educated man read books, memorized details from newspapers, and wrote about his journey—his literal and his inner journey. His hand-written and personally illustrated journals tell us of his longing for Maine, for his family, and for “making something of himself”. He is very much like you and me, and it makes his story that much more compelling. He savors apples from home, as tasting better than apples from anywhere else. He imagines the scene he might see looking in the window at home, where his family sits, and he chastises himself for not getting more done at home when he was there.

The jewelry in our Trade Wind Collection is made by his great-great-great grandson, Keith. This young man went to sea as well, at age 18. As part of his service to the US Navy, his travels took him to many of the same places his great-great-great grandfather’s clipper ships visited. Keith also had a hobby unconventional for sailors— he had a fascination for gems and he studied gemology. He studied so that when his service was completed, he could become a jeweler. As Keith traveled the world, he collected exquisite gems, and after leaving the service and returning home, he mastered the art of fine jewelry making.

It is now decades later. We met Keith for the first time in March, 2014. We were impressed with his jewelry, and as we talked further, discovered he had a clipper ship sea captain ancestor and became intrigued with the parallels of his journey in life with that of his sea captain forebear.

The parallels in the two stories are expressed in the jewelry itself—the exotic colors, the flow of the designs, the attention to detail which is something passed down in this family—whether it is to protect the ship, its cargo and its crew, or to create a design that will last and protect its valuable gems, giving the wearer the same pleasure we experience when a ship at full sail goes by. You can’t help but stop and exclaim, “Isn’t that beautiful?”

We were hooked by this story, and by the jewelry. We think you will be too. In fact, we’re posting pages from Captain Drew’s journals from the Voyage of the Franklin in 1868. Take a few minutes to join in the journey, and think of those you love most, and rejoice if they are right there with you.

 

Norway has fjords, thousands of them. Sweden has some too, but not as big or dramatic. What Sweden does have is Sweden Princess Blue sapphires, not mined in Sweden, but a color associated with Sweden’s princess – in our own case, we acquired a big chunk of a large gem that had been owned by a princess of Sweden. It was a light pastel blue, a baby blue color.

The princess had five ladies-in-waiting. The princess tripped one day, fell and broke the large blue sapphire in her ring into 3 pieces. She gave the pieces to three of her ladies-in-waiting. 100 years later, an 80 year-old woman came into our store and said “I have something to sell, but first I have a story to tell and I want to find out if part of my story is true.” She said, “I had a great grandmother who was a lady-in-waiting…”

We checked the 5 carat broken piece and it tested natural blue sapphire. The 80 year-old woman said, “I’m cleaning out and settling my affairs, so I wanted to find out. What will you offer me for this?” We made an offer, she accepted. We cut a large pear-shape pastel blue sapphire and sold it very quickly.

This gem has the same shade of blue as the
original Sweden Princess blue gem.

Price: $1,402


About the Trade Wind Collection:

Where does inspiration come from? Where do the creative sparks for design begin? For Cross’ new Trade Wind Jewelry Collection, we find ourselves drawn into the story of Captain John Henry Drew, from Gardiner, Maine. Born in 1834, he grew up the son of a Ship’s Carver, and went to sea at the age of 15, eventually becoming Captain of a series of clipper ships, and traveling from New York to China and back home, when that voyage took more than seventeen months.

Instead of carving or knotting or other hobbies that were characteristic of sailors, this mostly self-educated man read books, memorized details from newspapers, and wrote about his journey—his literal and his inner journey. His hand-written and personally illustrated journals tell us of his longing for Maine, for his family, and for “making something of himself”. He is very much like you and me, and it makes his story that much more compelling. He savors apples from home, as tasting better than apples from anywhere else. He imagines the scene he might see looking in the window at home, where his family sits, and he chastises himself for not getting more done at home when he was there.

The jewelry in our Trade Wind Collection is made by his great-great-great grandson, Keith. This young man went to sea as well, at age 18. As part of his service to the US Navy, his travels took him to many of the same places his great-great-great grandfather’s clipper ships visited. Keith also had a hobby unconventional for sailors— he had a fascination for gems and he studied gemology. He studied so that when his service was completed, he could become a jeweler. As Keith traveled the world, he collected exquisite gems, and after leaving the service and returning home, he mastered the art of fine jewelry making.

It is now decades later. We met Keith for the first time in March, 2014. We were impressed with his jewelry, and as we talked further, discovered he had a clipper ship sea captain ancestor and became intrigued with the parallels of his journey in life with that of his sea captain forebear.

The parallels in the two stories are expressed in the jewelry itself—the exotic colors, the flow of the designs, the attention to detail which is something passed down in this family—whether it is to protect the ship, its cargo and its crew, or to create a design that will last and protect its valuable gems, giving the wearer the same pleasure we experience when a ship at full sail goes by. You can’t help but stop and exclaim, “Isn’t that beautiful?”

We were hooked by this story, and by the jewelry. We think you will be too. In fact, we’re posting pages from Captain Drew’s journals from the Voyage of the Franklin in 1868. Take a few minutes to join in the journey, and think of those you love most, and rejoice if they are right there with you.

 

Read the Captain’s
Clipper Ship Journal Entries

 

Read Keith’s Gem Expedition Dispatches

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Rings that need to be sized take extra time (one week). If ordering a ring, you may select, “No Sizing Yet, Ship Right Away” and your order will arrive according to the shipping schedule shown above.

Curbside Pickup is also Available – please give us a call to place your order.

 

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Orders Under $1,000 – Free shipping via FedEx (allow 4 business days). You can upgrade to overnight delivery for $20.

Orders Over $1,000 – Ship Free by your choice of FedEx Overnight or US Post Office Express. A signature is required on delivery.

90-Day Returns/Exchanges

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.

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