Beryls of Fun


Sara Rey Jewelry Photography Blog 57


BERYLS OF FUN?! Are you kidding me?! I really go above and beyond for you guys.

Anyway, when I got a package at the office from DeBella Fine Gems & Jewelry Arts last week, I pulled out this ring and thought to myself “Wow, that’s a big citrine” – only to discover that, of course, it’s a golden beryl. More specifically, a 75ct. golden beryl flanked by more beryl, of the aquamarine variety. Also in the package was this lovely chrome tourmaline pendant that would be incredible for a holiday party, IMO.

I always shoot Joe De Bella’s stuff on a white background (my favorite), then render it onto a more ivory/beige background (his favorite) to go up on his website. He also uses the photos in a slideshow which plays on the TV in his boutique after hours. As with all my clients, I store Joe’s photos on a shared Dropbox folder, which his graphic designer also has access to. And because the photos are already clipped (in other words, the piece is digitally separated from its background), the designer can easily use them on any color or background of ad that he’s working on.

Competition Photography




One of the hazards of working with a photographer who is also a gemologist is that she may actually weep upon seeing pieces like this. 122ctw of multi colored tourmaline in this incredible necklace, a 25ct crystal clear aquamarine, and a 17mm pearl ring with diamonds set everywhere diamonds can be set…it’s hard to choose a favorite. (Jk, it’s the aqua. This photo set unfortunately does not show just how huge it really is on the hand).

At any rate, gem ace Joe De Bella of DeBella Fine Gems & Jewelry Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico killed it with these designs. It’s always a pleasure shooting the incredible, often untreated, colored gems he sends my way, and these were particularly exciting as the images will represent his pieces in a design competition entry. Good luck, Joe!