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Name: Sea Sense – Safari Sunset Spessartite Garnet

Item#: CMT1567

Precious Metal: 14K White Gold

Spessartite Garnet: 1.54 carat

Diamonds: 8 = .24 carat total

 

Sea Sense Spessartite Garnet & Diamond Ring

Item #: CMT1567

Twenty years ago I spent two weeks in Africa on an African safari. For part of our trip we stayed in a city on a hill. One evening I was out as the sun was close to setting. It was the largest, most beautiful orange-red setting sun I’d ever seen.

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Ring Details

Name: Sea Sense – Safari Sunset Spessartite Garnet

Item#: CMT1567

Precious Metal: 14K White Gold

Spessartite Garnet: 1.54 carat

Diamonds: 8 = .24 carat total

 

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Safari Sunset Spessartite Garnet & Diamond Ring

From Cross’s Clipper Ship Trade Wind Collection

 

Twenty years ago I spent two weeks in Africa on an African safari. For part of our trip we stayed in a city on a hill. One evening I was out as the sun was close to setting. It was the largest, most beautiful orange-red setting sun I’d ever seen. It was big like the photographs shown in the National Geographic, of giraffes and elephants silhouetted against a setting sun. As I look at this glowing orange garnet, I am back in Africa. The sunset lingers, I see the land, its animals and its people, and I want to go back. Orange Spessartite* Garnet is 1.54 carat, with eight diamonds forming rivers of gems flowing down the sides in 14K White Gold. *Spessartite Garnet is extremely rare and is highly prized for its ability to change color when viewed using differing light sources.

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With a fresh breeze still holding and the hum of the wind through the rigging, the land left far behind and the open ocean before you. You have the Maine coast charts, compass, and sea sense to guide you.


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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