The Spectrums




The gents of Ambassador Gems are on the road a lot. So when Greg called out of the blue one day in February to ask if I had time to shoot their AGTA Spectrum Award-winning ring, featuring an incredible 6.26ct padparadscha sapphire, I didn’t hesitate. The collaborative ring was designed by Lindsay Jane, whose moonstone ring you’ve seen on this blog before, and executed by The Rephinery, a custom design company known for their impeccable quality. The center stone, of course, was one of Ambassador Gems’.

There’s only one way to properly photograph a ring like this, and that’s in several angles. As is often the case with pieces that have a beautiful center stone as well as notable design aspects throughout the piece, no one angle is going to tell the whole story. As you can see above, I shot three different views of the piece, which I delivered along with the compilation shot you see here.

I’m so pleased that the stars aligned and I was able to shoot this gorgeous piece while it was passing through Carlsbad. I’m eager to see what this dynamic team comes up with for the next show!

French Cut Custom


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I had an awesome time working with Ann Elizabeth Jewelry over the past week. Ann is a talented designer and gemologist with a clear inclination for well crafted, heirloom quality jewelry. She will be debuting new designs, including those of the colored stone and non-bridal variety, in the near future. The lovely pieces she brought me for our first time doing business together included a halo style engagement ring with a cushion center and braided sides, as well as a radiant center engagement ring with a matching eternity band, all in a beautiful French cut setting style, and all hot off the bench.

The Ann Elizabeth Jewelry website is still being built, but if you want to get in touch with her, email me and I’ll connect you with this fantastic designer.

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!