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Name: Returning Tide

Item#: CMT1907

Precious Metal: 14K Yellow Gold

Pink Spinel: 1.41 carat

Returning Tide Pink Spinel Ring

Item #: CMT1907

There is something so compelling about the rising tide…the certainty, the predictability, its strength, the moon is pushing pulling the water to shore and although I can’t see the invisible force its power is obvious. I love to watch this surge of water that returns to flood the land twice a day. Water as it flows in and particularly around the edges of docks, creates flow lines. I see the flow lines in this ring, which we call the Returning Tide…

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Name: Returning Tide

Item#: CMT1907

Precious Metal: 14K Yellow Gold

Pink Spinel: 1.41 carat

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Returning Tide

Natural Pink Spinel Ring

From Cross’s Clipper Ship Trade Wind Collection

 

One Of The World’s Prettiest Gems
That No One Knows About – Spinel

For three days, while Keith and I were on the Thai – Burma border searching for jade, Keith kept bringing up a group of gems he had seen the week before- a thousand carats of natural gems each around a carat in size. Spinel is an obscure, rare gem that is invisible, unspoken of, and rarely shown in jewelry stores anywhere in the world. This lack of interest worldwide seems to be universal. Spinel is a sister gem to sapphire. Spinel is hard, tough, bright, and brilliant with sophisticated colors slightly to the right of sapphire; mauve, gray, pink, orange, yellow, and selling for prices that would make anyone think it was still the 1950s. This gem was selling for prices less than the cost of cutting and yet no one was buying, except possibly the two crazy Americans in the city of Chanthaburi, Thailand, March 2017.

Keith said he had tried this gem in the past and he simply couldn’t sell it, but he said this lot was so beautiful, “I want you to see it. You have to see it.” An hour or two would go by and this thousand carats of gems would come up again. He said he wouldn’t buy it but thought maybe I might be able to find a way to explain the allure of this forgotten gem to the general public. We continued to talk about it for three days. It almost felt like he was setting me up. But I know Keith, he’s a straight shooter. When we got back to the city Keith tried to contact the lady that had the parcel of gems. Days went by, nothing. He called again and again, nothing. It was a week and we’d had no response.

Someone must have bought the entire lot Keith concluded. Then, on the next to the last day of my stay, she showed up. The gem paper was opened and before me were a thousand carats of gems. Over 900 individual gems in the most amazing array of colors I’d ever seen. I had no idea what I would do with them. I decided I simply had to have them. I went through and selected 200 of the best. Keith then offered to do a high grading review. He pulled 70 out. I double checked his discards and agreed. I ended up with 130 of the most amazing collection of exotic gem colors I’ve ever acquired.

The next morning another lot of natural gem spinel arrived from a different source. It was Keith’s turn now. He chose nearly a hundred gems. See our video of this same gem. You’ll hear Keith in the background as the light plays across the surface.

I believe that someday the world will wake up to this gem, spinel. The world is still asleep. Anyone who chooses now will look like a brilliant early Apple, Microsoft, Google or Amazon investor. But don’t consider this for its appreciation potential; consider it for its beauty, its rare exotic beauty.

Returning Tide Style

Our family has a summer cottage at Higgins Beach in Scarborough Maine. Four generations of our family have returned to the beach for nearly 100 years. Each year in June I prep the land and cottage for summer. I work hard. I work steady until the tide enters the tidal creek where our cottage is located, and then I sit and watch. It doesn’t matter what time of day the tide comes in, its arrival is a matter of importance I never tire of. There is something so compelling about the rising tide…the certainty, the predictability, its strength, the moon is pushing pulling the water to shore and although I can’t see the invisible force its power is obvious. I love to watch this surge of water that returns to flood the land twice a day. Water as it flows in and particularly around the edges of docks, creates flow lines. I see the flow lines in this ring, which we call the Returning Tide.

The Gems

Pink Spinel  This is a color in a voice so soft you turn to be sure someone has spoken. The gem is spinel – a natural gem no one has heard about, even jewelers scratch their heads puzzling over how to talk about it. The gem is hard, tough, brilliant, and generally undiscovered by humanity. This could be described as the perfect gem for the person who believes in quality and is content in boisterous family gatherings to let everyone else debate politics, religion, and sex, while sitting quietly unperturbed. The vaults in Southeast Asia are stuffed with these gems. Few in the world realize what treasures await. According to the laws of supply and demand, the price is amazingly reasonable.

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.

 

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 Journal Entries

Keith’s Gem Expedition Dispatches

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