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Sea Star Blue Sapphire & Diamond Necklace

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Rare Night Star
Reflected on the Sea

This doesn’t happen often, but when it does… the first star, the brightest star of the evening (yes, I know it’s Venus), and a smooth night sea, a glassy sea, will catch and reflect the light. The star is in the sky above, and there it is, glistening on the sea below. Again, this is rare. But, truly, it’s a type of seaside magic. I imagine this reflection happens on a lake more easily. On the sea, it’s rare.

Sea Star is the proper name of a starfish with five arms. Our Sea Star is about a rare moment of magic. The center of our Sea Star is an oval blue sapphire with a diamond above and its reflection of a diamond below.

This is a recent creation. As Keith prepared to show us this piece, he said, “This is the new creation you asked for. You’re going to love it.” I did, we did, and the staff really loved it. It’s now a staff favorite. And it appears our email friends love it, too.

The Gems

Blue Sapphire – Blue sapphires typically come from Southeast Asia. It’s a color nature feels generous within this part of the world. We love blue, particularly blue that shows well after the sun goes down. We tend toward a lighter, brighter, true blue color in all of our sapphire pieces.

Diamonds – world-sourced, natural diamonds 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 for ultimate durability.

The Behind-the-Scenes Story
Of the Creation of The Sea Star Design

I described what I thought I wanted. I said, “North and south, east and west with a diamond above, a diamond below, and an oval blue sapphire in the middle.” I didn’t say which way. I imagined it would go north and south. Keith interpreted it his way and set the gem traveling east to west. I’d told him Compass Rose was a perennial classic in our store, that it foretold destiny and guided souls on the path of life.

Two Months Later

Two months later, Keith called and shipped us two. When I saw them, I was surprised because the sapphire went east to west. I was delighted because the piece was an unanticipated beauty. We photographed them both and put them up on our website. I was surprised that we sold both within 48 hours. These first two necklaces went fast. We try to notice speed and velocity; it’s a clue. We immediately asked Keith to make five more with the intent to send an email this time.

I know when a new design is about to become a most loved piece of jewelry. It’s when, at first glance, I see it and say, “I want it, and when is Nancy’s next gift-giving event?” First, it’s beautiful in blue with sapphire and white diamonds. Second, it’s almost a Christian Cross; arms east and west are 12mm, and the north and south poles are 17mm. The bail loop at the top is free-moving. The 18-inch chain slides freely through the loop.

The Blue Sapphire is a 7 x 5mm oval, bright, light blue. The diamonds are from Belgium, white, pure little stars. The sapphires are all bright, brilliant gems.

More powerfully than any of our Compass Rose designs, this piece has a positive sense of direction because the north-south line is the longer of the two. Keith would say I described to him exactly what to make. If asked, I would claim a design genius stepped into the creation process and made a Goldilocks perfect piece. Not too large, not too small…just right.

I swing the door open, push the screen door back, and step to the railing several times an evening to check the sea, the moon, and the stars. Every night I must know, every night year-round, summer or winter. Even on cloudy nights I step to the railing to see what can be seen at sea and in the stars above.

I call this my Sea Star necklace. A long oval blue sapphire, set horizontal east to west like the horizon, and two diamonds north and south – a star above and its reflection below. It’s serious, solid, and brave. Wear this and you will always find your way home.

Humanity Has an

Affinity for True North

Place a magnetized needle on a piece of cork, set it in a bowl of water, and it will point north. Two thousand years ago the Chinese first developed the magnetic compass. The Vikings are rumored to have done the same a thousand years ago..

Humanity has an affinity for True North and all devices that can seek and find north. One’s future and destiny are closely tied to proper orientation of the Compass Rose.

Flags Out Straight,

Sea Sapphire Blue

Today is April 26, 2021. My girlfriend on the car phone this morning said the wind on her farm was fierce. “How is it down there?” I said, “I don’t see wind in the trees, but two flag poles the American flags are right out straight.”

As I went by the bay white caps and its blue water was sapphire blue. The bluest water of the year. Full sun, fifty-three degrees and 35 mile-an-hour winds make for true blue sapphire water.

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.

Necklace Details

Your Choice:

14K Yellow Gold…..$1,450…..X4262

14K White Gold……$1,450…..X4263

AU 23

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