Precious Metal: 14K Yellow Gold
Opal: 1.82 carat Australian Opal
Diamonds: 2 = .15 carat total
Ring Sizing & Time: Typically we size the ring before we ship. Due to present world conditions please allow two weeks for ring sizing. If you would like the ring to arrive sooner for presentation, select in the finger size selection box, “No Sizing Yet, Ship Right Away”. Our rings are generally between a size 6 and 7, most are a 6.5 to start. After presentation you can give us a call and we will send you a free prepaid return label to send the ring back to us for proper sizing. Read more about ring sizing.
Harvard, Yale, Princeton. Back to university crew season, fall, crisp clear air, cool river water. The team’s coxswain calling, school colors showing, and crew teams rowing.
Here we have colors, pure gem colors, certainly fall colors, absolutely. Center gem poised, brilliant, the star. Side diamonds a brilliant spark of white at oar tips touching blue water. The crew in perfect harmony surging forward, cutting water. Crew – a fast moving ring.
Keith, on one of his recent visits, said “I’ve got a ring you’re going to love. This is going to be a great ring.” I’ve learned, over the years, that after this Keith statement one of the world’s greatest designs is about to be presented. Then Keith brought out Crew. The ring is genius. Keith in an earlier life was a retailer. In recent years he has simplified. He’s now an international gem hunter, designer, and jewelry maker. We know of no one in the world with his particular set of skills. We know of no one who understands the deep secret wishes, dreams, and desires of women who love jewelry, to the depth Keith demonstrates in so many of his designs.
First, Keith allows no ego in anything he creates, his own designs or anyone else’s. That means his lines, his forms, are simple, clean, classic. Keith understands women and the world in the 21st century. It’s complicated; it moves fast, there is no time for fussy little high maintenance details. His simple purity of design shows, allowing for low profile comfort and ease of wear. Those high touch details become immediately obvious when any woman tries one of his rings on.
Then most importantly, the look – his rings are breathtakingly beautiful on the hand. His rings are second nature natural with ocean vibes, mountains, and deep valleys. In a piece of fine jewelry you get to wear it home, you get to wear it every day for the rest of your life. Crew West is one of the world’s great designs.
I’m sure when shopping for jewelry when you’ve seen something you’re attracted to… you like it, you really like it – but then often it’s just too big, too much gold, too much gem, too much money. It may even protrude out a little bit too much. You look, you wish it was just a little different. This is a “Goldilocks” perfect collection of fine Australian Opal, not too big, not too small – just right. On his last trip, Keith (of Trade Wind Collection fame) personally selected these Australian Opals. They are lovely. Opal is one of his favorite gems and it shows.
Keith, of Clipper Ship Trade Wind Jewelry fame, hand selects individual opals from the opal fields of Australia, opals millions of years old. Pastel colors, gentle colors, sun softened colors, living inside gems, scattered pastels sprinkled confetti-like throughout. Colors frozen in time, gems cut, polished, and sorted then chosen by this Australian opal lover. He then designs, makes, and sets his treasures.
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.
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Any purchases you make in January or February 2021 we are extending our Cross return date to the first day of spring, March 20, 2021, or 30 days beyond your purchase date, whichever is longer.