Fried Chicken and Gems

October 24, 2011

Fried Chicken? Really? Once I saw this picture, I had to share my thoughts on it. Some of you may or may not know who Nicki Minaj is but for those who don’t know who she is, she is a pretty big recording artist. I don’t want to call this a rant but more of a funny mention to what she was sporting around her neck recently. Just have a look at the image below.

I don’t know what to say. If someone asked me to make them a special order of some fried chicken necklace, of course I’d be happy to make it, but this is just too funny. This necklace is perfect for the trending topic of #hoodmemories on Twitter as I type this. Over the top? Yeah, it is. Fits her character? Of course it does. In the end, I’m not going to sit here and judge someone on what he or she decides to flash in public and I always go by the saying, ‘whatever makes you happy’.  Moving on…

I’m stuck and honored with the duties of trying to figure out what kind of center stone I can put into this white gold ring I made for a customer of mine. All they said is ‘something yellow’ in a cushion cut with a certain budget they want to stick by. I was thinking of something like a yellow ceylon sapphire or a yellow tourmaline. Any suggestions? This is the part where you help me decide with your suggestions.

It’s a beautiful and elegant looking ring that deserves something nice in the middle. One of the perks of being a gem cutter dealing with special orders is that I have the power to cut any shape and size to my needs and nothing holds me back when dealing with jewelry related problems like this one.

I have this obsession with showing off Tanzanites in my blogs for some strange reason. Well here’s another one for you viewing.

This 20 carat plus monster of a stone needs more life to it. No disrespect to all the hard workers over seas but most of the stuff I see cut from Asia and India is way below par. They are told to cut to preserve the weight while sacrificing the quality of the cutting job. I’m a big advocate of USA made products when it comes to the jewelry world. This topic is a perfect intro to the following images you’re about to see.

I don’t know if you can tell from the image but this is a parcel my customer received from their factory in Thailand and my first glance at these multicolored sapphires, I thought to myself, ‘were they drunk when cutting this?’

The cutting is awful, the person who maps out from where to cut the sapphires from the original rough, should be fired. These sapphires are filled with inclusions that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

It’s my responsibility to re-cut and salvage these sapphires so that they can be presentable and can easily move rather then collect dust in some parcel bag in some stone dealers safe.

Next week, i’ll be showing you a detailed look at this special new cut I’ve been cutting. Till next time…

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11 Responses to “Fried Chicken and Gems”

  1. Lus said

    that’s a very lovely ring… since my birthstone is sapphire, I’m going to suggest the yellow sapphire. yes?no?maybe so?

  2. Lus said

    good choice 🙂 anytime!

  3. peter denbeau said

    yellow beryl is cheap and a really nice yellow

    • Yellow Beryl is cheap but it’s not a Yellow Sapphire. It’s like comparing a Benz with a Camry, both are great values but one gets you the perks the other can’t provide. Thanks for the feedback Peter

  4. keeyoonon said

    How about imperial topaz, citrine, yellow topaz?

    • I don’t want to go with the Citrine route, too easy. I totally for forgot about imperial topaz. A good shout out. I’ll look into it because of the price difference. It’s about 50% cheaper than a good yellow sapphire so it’s in consideration.

  5. lee said

    My first thought was sapphire, because of it’s lovely sparkle!

    • That was my first thought as well. I make this lovely ring but in this climate, everyone is on a budget so I’ll decide with the customer and send her some samples of different colors of yellow gem stones.

  6. Kasia said

    Beautiful, beautiful ring! What was the lucky stone that was set in it?

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