Two lighthouses were built upon a rocky headland in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, for certainty of safe passage and return to Portland and Maine. Twilight-cut gem, Fresnel lens-like shape with phenomenal flashes of light. Two diamonds either side of center are the two lights. 14K Yellow Gold.
The Two Lights Ring
The background story: Two lighthouses were built in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, 895 feet apart. The two were built in this location because of the treacherous rocks and to distinguish the spot from Portland Head Light at the entrance to Portland just 4 miles away. For mariners at night, seeing two lights close together told them exactly where they were on the coast and how close they were to Portland. In our Two Lights ring, the two diamonds on either side of center represent the two lighthouses.
The gem in the center represents the old Fresnel lens in traditional lighthouses. Its barrel shape and arched curvature mimics the shape of the lens. The style of cutting of the center gem is called the twilight cut, a cut that produces a mystical light show of sweeping brilliance. Coincidentally, the lamps of lighthouses were traditionally lit at twilight.
The Two Lights ring design is modified from the design of a Georgian ring from the early 1800s. The original ring was a low-profile design with a white gem in the center surrounded by seed pearls. We based our Two Lights Ring on this Georgian design, choosing this period of jewelry design because of a famous ship wreck on these same outer Cape shores which occurred in 1808 during the Georgian Era. The loss of the ship The Charles was part of the reason two lighthouses were built at this location. This ring was created to honor this scenic and historic part of our coast of Maine.
For history and more information about Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, visit: ://www.newenglandlighthouses.net/cape-elizabeth-light-history.html
Cross’ Passion for Blue Sapphire
Most Jewelers say the darker the better,
We say the bluer the better
People often comment on how blue our sapphires are, how brilliant and pure the color. We believe in blue, pure true blue. True blue is a medium toned blue. True blue is not navy or inky dark. True blue is bright and brilliant. True blue sapphires are shades of blue you can relax into; they calm, comfort and soothe.
If You Love Blue
Many sapphires are simply too dark. Often to see the blue in these sapphires you’d need to stand under intense direct light. In its finest qualities, a blue sapphire should be blue under normal life lighting conditions – home, office, and outdoors; not just under the bright showcase lights of a jewelry store.
Chosen One at a Time
Most jewelers prefer dark sapphires because they are easier to source and easier to match. Our sapphire jewelry starts with the selection of the individual gem. We choose gems one at a time, and evaluate them under different lighting conditions to find the best performing sapphires. The result is a gem which is bright, blue, and brilliant – everything you want in a sapphire.
This process takes more time and it results in the best, brightest, and truest bluest sapphire jewelry. The jewelry is then specially crafted to fit the gem.
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