East End Ring
Labradorite flashes through a rhythmic grid of diamonds
Like Ai Weiwei’s iconic Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing, the lines of diamonds in this ring have a subtle rhythm and balance. The pear-shaped labradorite cabochon flashes with spectral iridescence, revealing an inner beauty. Dramatic but revealing its secrets slowly, you’ll never tire of watching the play of light and shadow across this ring’s pattern. The pattern on the front is mirrored on the back: a sign of uncompromising craftsmanship.
“I was inspired by the geometric patterns found in London’s East End architecture. The warehouse loft windows, the geometric patterns on the local mosques, and fractured looking lines in the labrodorite itself inspired the design. The taupe background and bright blue flashes of the gem reminds me of the neighborhood’s concrete and grey skies with flashes of colorful fashion.” – Alexia Connellan
First discovered in Canada and Norway, laboradorite is a feldspar mineral that displays an iridescent optical effect known as schiller, which is also called labradorescence because it is unique to this gem. Microscopic layers diffract light into rainbow colors. Each pattern is unique. In this ring the labradorescence is contrasted with the brilliance of fine diamonds.
The cage of brilliance that covers the labradorite was modeled using a computer, hand-finished in platinum and then carefully set with diamond pave. Size 6.
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a Bespoke Jewel
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The Inspiration Alexia interviews you to uncover what inspires you and makes you happy. You discuss gems, colors, shapes, and the feeling you want to have when you wear your jewel.
The Gem If you don’t already have a personal gem that you’d like to feature in your jewel, Alexia will search the world to find the perfect gem to realize your vision.
The Design Alexia sketches original designs for your jewel, refining the concept and execution until it suits you perfectly.
The Model The sketch then takes shape in three dimensions, either through computer modeling, traditional wax carving, or directly fabricated by hand into metal.
The Setting The final model is then precisely created in precious metal and the gems will be set into the metal by hand, one at a time. The metal is polished to perfection and your jewel is ready for you to wear.