Scotch Whiskey II
Honey Gold Citrine & Diamond Necklace
Brief history: the Scotch Whiskey pendant was a sudden, surprising success. Last fall Keith made a dozen Scotch Whiskey Necklaces….we sold them all. He made another dozen, sold them too. We’d never seen anything quite like it. Then Keith cried uncle. He said he could continue to make barrels of Scotch Whiskey pendants and give up some of the other Trade Wind Jewelry. He said that the unique angularity of the citrine gem, the precision of the flats and the time and technical perfection that each new little bottle of scotch required was creating a bottle neck for completing our other high demand Trade Wind rings, earrings and pendants.
We talked, agreed these original small batch Scotch Whiskey had become serious competition for our other most popular Trade Wind designs. The decision was made to retire the first edition Scotch Whiskey.
Then Keith said,”What if we created a new design using an oval citrine to reflect the natural curves of the pinch bottle – that would create more possibilities.” I said, “go for it”. I then asked, “When could we have our first pieces?” (seeing that our Valentine catalog was in mail). Keith thought that with 90% certainty, by the 4th of July, and promised a sketch for the following day.
Below is Keith’s sketch of the new Scotch Whiskey II pendant with an oval honey gold amber citrine. We are accepting provisional orders. Shipping is free anywhere in the USA. Comes with our full 30 day return opportunity. Credit cards will not be charged until the necklace is shipped.
After work my grandfather Lin Cross would relax with a scotch on the rocks. It was a ritual he enjoyed. I remember the color, the smell, the click-click-click of decanting, the ice cubes clinking in the glass. This was years before I ever tried one. I remember sometime in the month or two after I turned 21, Gramp saying “Would you like to try a scotch?” I remember being less than eager and him prevailing with “It’s a gentleman’s drink, you should try it.” He poured. I remember studying the glass, the color rich amber-brown. I remember smelling it and Gramp saying “It’s strong. You won’t like it at first, but after four or five tries over a period of time it will grow on you. You’ll come to like it, it’s an acquired taste.” I took a sip; it burned, and tasted like gasoline. I couldn’t believe that he willingly indulged. Over the next several months though, when I visited I’d try one again and much to my surprise it grew on me. Something changed; I could feel the shifting taste perception. I came to appreciate its richness, its subtlety, and nuances of flavor. Though I have a scotch on the rocks only occasionally now, a good glass of scotch takes me back to that evening on my Grandfather’s porch in Cumberland Foreside, Maine. A good glass of scotch always gives me an opportunity to sit with my Grandfather again
This is a special piece of jewelry. The shape of the gem citrine and the pendant remind me of Scotland’s John Haig & Company famous 15 year Dimple Pinch Scotch Whiskey bottle. The little diamond is an ice cube, of course, floating above. It’s adorable. Natural honey-amber-gold whiskey-colored citrine. Gems are set in 14K White & Yellow Gold. Chain is 14K Yellow Gold and 18” long.
The original gem this design was made with was a golden sapphire. A one-of-a-kind rarity. When we first presented it, several people called within a few days wanting to buy it. Sapphires in this color are exceedingly rare, and in that shape – not duplicable. We discussed the possibility with Keith for a different gem material with the potential of repeatability. We have had several honey-gold citrine specially cut and can now offer these Scotch Whiskey II Honey-Gold Citrine & Diamond Necklaces. From the rare first original made with an amber-gold sapphire, our new Scotch Whiskey II made with genuine citrine sells for almost half of the original. A great value, an awesome look.