I’ve got a gate section, it’s wrought iron. I bought it in Savannah, Georgia. They told me it was from Egypt. I bought their story, and the gate. I had it shipped to Maine. I hadn’t measured; it fit perfectly between the ash tree and a stone wall at the end of the driveway. It’s not a gate for a driveway, but a decorative accessory. It had layers of old paint, layers and layers. Some of the layers were red, some yellow. I stripped, filed and sanded, then prepped, primed and painted it flat black. Two types of vines have grown up through. The gate section is a great place for seasonal hangings summer, fall, Christmas.
I have a solar light at the top and currently imitation red berries woven into the ironwork. Mid frame, far left, there is sunlight glare from the sea. Later, when the sun moves around there’s a patch of blue in the same place. I love wrought iron and although the gate is neither the fanciest or the most elaborate, I love my walk to the end of the driveway to pick up the newspaper in the morning. And, while I don’t look and study the fence section and its swirls of iron when I go for the paper, there is a feeling as I stand before the gate that quietly warms the heart.
Would I do it again, buy the gate, have it shipped, finish, and paint? Yes, absolutely. There is something about the swirls and straight lines, the unyielding solidness that attracts, that beacons me to decorate as a new season approaches.
This necklace reminds me of some of the wrought ironwork I have around the property. This is blue, a pure blue gem, blue, blue sapphire from some exotic mine in Southeast Asia where tigers and elephants roam, and yes, baby tigers have blue eyes. Then north-south and east-west, four tiny diamonds mark the cardinal points of direction. Not iron, but precious gold, white gold creating the swirls. If they created wrought iron and only did straight bars it could serve its purpose as a barrier. Build in a pattern of swirls and it creates structure and strength and yet is warmer, invites the eyes to engage, to explore the precious metals and precious gems.
Perfect size, not too big, not too small, just right. This is ready for you to decorate and accessorize any way you choose as fall and Christmas approach.
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.
Blue Sapphires Chosen One at a Time
Most jewelers prefer dark sapphires because they are easier to source and easier to acquire a consistent repeatable color. Our sapphire jewelry starts with the selection of the individual gem. We choose gems one at a time, and evaluate them under different 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. We specially craft our earrings to fit each gem.
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