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Surrender

Surrender

LOOK LIKE AN ANGEL IN THIS FROSTY GRAY DIAMOND NECKLACE
Surrender
Surrender - Natural Gray Diamonds against Off White Background.  Picture taken indoors in natural daylight cloudy conditions.Closeup of natural gray diamonds against off white background.  As with most colored diamonds, these gray diamonds are not pure gray in color but rather a blend of colors.  The closeup shows that within the overall gray hues there are several other colors present, including white, blue, red, purple, orange and other tones.Extreme closeup of a different section of natural gray diamonds against off white background.Another Closeup of Natural Gray Diamonds showing a different section.  Closeup Natural Fancy Gray Diamonds on Lavender Background.  Another Closeup of a different section of Natural Fancy Gray Diamonds on Lavender Background. Closeup of 14 kt White Gold Clasp and Twisted Oval Cable Chain.Extreme Closeup of diamond-shaped 14 kt White Matte Gold Clasp showing brushed satin finish and center round brilliant white diamond (1 point diamond is on each side of clasp).  Picture taken outside on sunny day.
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One of a kind necklace by Kimberly Arpaia.  105 well matched Fancy Gray Diamonds adorn a perfect 17" length necklace with 14 kt white matte gold clasp. The very rare diamond shape cut of the gray diamonds looks smashing with the diamond-shaped clasp in subdued 14kt satin matte white gold and dainty touch of antiqued 14kt white gold twisted oval cable chain along the back. The hand polished fancy diamonds flash with divine displays of luminescent silver, gray and white sparkling light creating a most feminine appealing frosty snow-like shimmering confection along the neckline.

About Fancy Color Diamonds:

Diamonds are composed of almost pure carbon atoms. This makes colorless diamonds among the purest of nature's creations. Diamonds are found in all colors. A natural colored diamond is produced by the presence of other elements to the carbon structure ("impurities") such as nitrogen, graphite, and boron, and/or distortions in the crystalline structure. Colored diamonds are exceedingly rare - only 1 in 10,000 mined diamonds is a colored diamond.

The diamond industry distinguishes between diamonds in the normal color range (colorless, near colorless, through light yellow, light brown and light gray) and fancies. Fancies include yellows, browns and grays deep enough in color to be considered attractive as well as other distinct color tints such as greens, blues, pinks, reds, oranges, purples and blacks. Fancy color diamonds are rare, valuable and expensive. The most valued fancy diamonds are the pure tints and colors with intense vivid hues since they are exceedingly rare. Most fancy diamonds are not pure strong colors, but a blend of muted colors. The diamonds in Surrender are Natural Untreated Fancy Gray Diamonds.

For more general information on diamonds and color, please click on the left link "The Beauty Behind Fancy Black Diamonds."

Materials and Specifications of this particular Fancy Gray Diamond Necklace:

- 17" length single strand necklace.
- 105 Hand Faceted and Hand Polished Natural Untreated Fancy Gray Diamonds - 39.50 carats total diamond weight - slightly graduated in size, center-drilled diamond-shaped beads. Predominant varied gray hues with very pretty white, off white and silver-white tones.
- 14 kt White Matte Gold (brushed satin finish) Cast Clasp. 18.2mm plunger style safety clasp in square diamond shape design with 1 point white diamond in center on each side of clasp (0.02 carat total diamond weight).
- 1.5" 3.0mm 14kt antiqued White Gold twisted oval cable chain.
- 2 quantity Argentium 1x3.5mm Daisy Spacer Beads.
- .010" diameter Stringing Wire - white color stainless steel cable wire with nylon coating.
- Sterling French Wire 0.8mm.
- 2 quantity Argentium 2mm long crimp tubes (.038" diameter).
- 2 quantity Sterling 3mm crimp covers.

Surrender Designed and Created by Kimberly Arpaia

***Important Note: Images shown of Surrender are NOT to scale. Digital images of jewelry are often produced in macro format to show detail, craftsmanship and quality. As a result, this necklace looks bigger in the enlarged images than its actual size.

To purchase "Surrender,"please contact Kimberly Arpaia by phone at 203-772-4643 or click this link to send a contact email.
Rain

Rain

WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS: 200 SMOLDERING CARATS OF SULTY NATURAL GRAY ROUGH DIAMONDS
Rain
Closeup Natural Fancy Gray Rough DiamondsCloseup of White Diamond Clasp on Rain Necklace - oxidized silver with 18 kt yellow gold accents.Side view of claspUnder side of clasp in 18 kt yellow gold.
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Ultimately savvy and stunning, Rain is the Bentley of executive diamond necklaces. Two stately silvery shimmering strands of beautifully matched and rare natural fancy gray rough diamonds proclaim understated elegance. The 17-1/2" length is perfect for serious business and most everything else too, enhancing a variety of necklines and fashions. Wear the gorgeous big white diamond clasp in front for full on bling and glamor.

About Fancy Color Diamonds and Rough Diamonds: Diamonds are composed of almost pure carbon atoms. This makes colorless diamonds among the purest of nature's creations. Diamonds are found in all colors. A natural colored diamond is produced by the presence of other elements to the carbon structure ("impurities") such as nitrogen, graphite, and boron, and/or distortions in the crystalline structure. Colored diamonds are exceedingly rare - only 1 in 10,000 mined diamonds is a colored diamond.

The diamond industry distinguishes between diamonds in the normal color range (colorless, near colorless, through light yellow, light brown and light gray) and fancies. Fancies include yellows, browns and grays deep enough in color to be considered attractive as well as other distinct color tints such as greens, blues, pinks, reds, oranges, purples and blacks. Fancy color diamonds are rare, valuable and expensive. The most valued fancy diamonds are the pure tints and colors with intense vivid hues since they are exceedingly rare. Most fancy diamonds are not pure strong colors, but a blend of muted colors.

Rough diamonds are diamonds as mined in their crystaline form uncut and unpolished. The diamonds in Rain are Natural Untreated Fancy Gray Rough Diamonds.

For more general information on diamonds and color, please click on the left link "The Beauty Behind Fancy Black Diamonds."

For information on our strung gemstone jewelry, please click on the left link "About our Pearl & Gemstone Strung Jewelry."

For information pertaining to the cleaning of oxidized silver and foil-back rose cut diamonds, please click on the left link "Protection, Care and Cleaning of Fine Jewelry."


Materials and Specifications of this particular Natural Fancy Gray Rough Diamond Necklace:

- 17-1/2" length women's double strand necklace.
- 196 well matched Natural Untreated Fancy Gray Rough Diamonds; 98 diamonds on each strand. 200 carats total rough diamond weight. Center-drilled irregular-shaped diamonds graduated in size from approximately 8 mm in center to 4.75 mm toward clasp. Predominant varied gray hues with very pretty white and silver tones.
- Handmade double-strand Oval Clasp reminiscent of India style fabricated in oxidized silver with 18kt polished gold filigree backing, accents and safety plunger. In center of clasp is a bezel set ovalish rosecut white diamond with flat sliced top approximately 8.6mm long and 5.25mm wide. Center diamond is foil backed with pure white silver. The large center diamond is surrounded by a triple row of pave set single cut tiny round white diamonds SI-I clarity. The oval clasp is 21.8mm height and 17mm at center width (not including end rings and exposed portion of plunger). It is recommended that the clasp not get wet since the stone is lined with a pure silver foil backing. For more information regarding the care of foil backed gemstones please click on the left link "Protection, Care and Cleaning of Fine Jewelry."
- 19 strand .012" diameter Stringing Wire - clear stainless steel with HiFlex nylon coating.
- Vermeil French Wire 0.8mm
- 4 quantity 14 kt gold Wire Guardians
- 4 quantity handmade 18 kt gold 2mm long crimp tubes (.041" diameter).
- 4 quantity 14 kt gold 3mm crimp covers.

Rain Designed and Created by Kimberly Arpaia


To purchase "Rain,"please contact Kimberly Arpaia by phone at 203-772-4643 or click this link to send a contact email.

***Important Note: Images shown of Rain are NOT to scale. Digital images of jewelry are often produced in macro format to show detail, craftsmanship and quality. As a result, this necklace looks bigger in the enlarged images than its actual size.
Champagne Drapery

Champagne Drapery

Ethereal Elegance: Soft Gold Diamond Shimmers
Champagne Drapery
Full view graduated champagne diamond necklaceCloseup of artisan-crafted 22 kt gold swirl patternbayonet clasp and fluted accent beadsCloseup champagne diamondsCloseupChampagne Drapery in sprial shape to show its soft, flexible supple drape.
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One of a kind necklace by Kimberly Arpaia.  Fall in love with this Exquisite Midnight Sparkler! Impeccable design, glamorous style, and sophisticated elegance. Luxurious graduated drape of 245 fancy champagne diamonds with stunning touches of 22 karat matte gold. Hand fashioned facets and polish produce a flowing stream of twinkling, shimmering golden sparkle.

The handmade 22 kt gold Bayonet Clasp is a favorite in Arpaia's Empress line with its long slender shape, striking swirl motif, sumptuous 22 kt gold, and flawless function. You can see and feel the fine workmanship. The bayonet style clasp opens and closes with secure precision just by a gentle push in and opposite quarter turn at each end.

About Fancy Color Diamonds:

Diamonds are composed of almost pure carbon atoms. This makes colorless diamonds among the purest of nature's creations. Diamonds are found in all colors. A natural colored diamond is produced by the presence of other elements to the carbon structure ("impurities") such as nitrogen, graphite, and boron, and/or distortions in the crystalline structure. Colored diamonds are exceedingly rare - only 1 in 10,000 mined diamonds is a colored diamond.

The diamond industry distinguishes between diamonds in the normal color range (colorless, near colorless, through light yellow, light brown and light gray) and fancies. Fancies include yellows, browns and grays deep enough in color to be considered attractive as well as other distinct color tints such as greens, blues, pinks, reds, oranges, purples and blacks. Fancy color diamonds are rare and valuable. The most valued fancy diamonds are the pure tints and colors with intense vivid hues since they are exceedingly rare. Most fancy diamonds are not pure strong colors, but a blend of muted colors. The popularly termed "champagne diamond" possesses the elegant, pretty, soft golden colors reminiscent of fine French champagne. These rare gems are called "fancy champagne diamonds."

For more general information on diamonds and color, see "The Beauty Behind Fancy Black Diamonds."

Materials and Specifications of this particular Champagne Diamond Necklace:

- 18-7/8" length single strand necklace
- 245 Hand Faceted and Hand Polished Natural Untreated Fancy Champagne Diamonds - 17.50 carats total diamond weight - Nicely matched strand of Fancy Champagne Diamonds are slightly graduated in size, center-drilled irregular rondelle-shaped beads.
- 22 kt Yellow Gold Handmade Bayonet Clasp with swirl pattern design 20mm long 5mm diameter.
- 12 quantity handmade 22kt Yellow Matte Gold Fluted Beads.
- 2 quantity Handmade 22kt Yellow Gold 1x2.5mm Daisy Spacer Beads.
- 2 quantity 2.4mm 20 gauge 14kt White Gold Jump Rings.
- .012" diameter Stringing Wire - 24kt gold plated stainless steel cable wire with nylon coating.
- Vermeil French Wire 0.8mm.
- 2 quantity 18kt gold handmade 2mm long crimp tubes (.041" diameter).
- 2 quantity 14kt Yellow Gold 3mm crimp covers

Champagne Drapery Designed and Created by Kimberly Arpaia of Arpaia Fine Jewelry

***Important Note: Images shown of the Champagne Drapery Necklace are NOT to scale. Digital images of jewelry are often produced in macro format to show detail, craftsmanship and quality. As a result, this necklace looks bigger in the enlarged images than its actual size.

To purchase "Champagne Drapery," please contact Arpaia Lang by phone at 203-691-5851 or click this link to send a contact email.
Lovely

Lovely

Luminous Lustrous Luscious
Lovely
Akoya Pearl Necklace shown on display bust.  The dark shadows in center of pearls are merely reflections of the camera.The Gold Filigree Diamond Clasp looks beautiful worn in front as shown on display bust.Closeup:  Exceptional AAA Grade 6.5-7mm Round Japanese Akoya Saltwater Pearls - natural white color with rose overtones.  The high magnification nicely shows the smooth surface clarity of these pearls.Closeup:  18 kt Gold Filigree 9mm Ball Clasp with White Diamonds.Extreme Closeup of Clasp.
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 "LOVELY" is THE ONE pearl necklace to own. Everything about it is beautiful and perfect: the 18-1/2" length with soft supple drape; the gorgeous 18 kt gold filigree diamond clasp which looks so stunning worn in front; and the fine collection grade pearls! - extremely well matched, just the right size at 6.5-7mm round, breathtaking natural white color with magnificent rose overtones, and extremely high luster. Expertly silk strung with sleek double knots between each pearl.

Materials and Specifications of this particular Lovely Necklace:

- 18-1/2" length single strand necklace.
- 60 Exceptional AAA+ Grade very well matched 6.5-7mm Round Japanese Saltwater Akoya Cultured Pearls. Natural White Color with Predominant Rose Overtones.
- 9mm 18kt Yellow Gold Filigree Ball Clasp with 12.6 Points Round Brilliant Cut White Diamonds. Plunger style safety clasp.
- Gold-tone french wire.
- Stringing Silk - double knotted between each pearl.

"Lovely" designed by Kimberly Arpaia of Arpaia Lang

***Important Note: Images shown of Lovely are NOT to scale. Digital images of jewelry are often produced in macro format to show detail, craftsmanship and quality. As a result, this necklace looks bigger in the enlarged images than its actual size.

Lovely is sold.  If you wish to purchase a similar pearl necklace, or if you would like a custom pearl necklace made to your special order, please contact Kimberly Arpaia by phone at 203-772-4643, or click this length to send an email inquiry.  
Rainbow Moonstone Silver Necklace

Rainbow Moonstone Silver Necklace

Entrancing!
Rainbow Moonstone Silver Necklace
Rainbow moonstones against colorful background.
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Rainbow Moonstones are magical, another favorite in our line of Exquisite Midnight Sparklers!

This dainty Rainbow Moonstone Silver Necklace promises to become one of the most versatile pieces in your jewelry wardrobe. The rainbow moonstone is a chameleon gem: breezy fun panache with casual attire; quaint romantic charm with a sexy black dress or flowing frock; and understated adornment perfect with a power suit. The picture of the gemstone against a colorful painting shows how smashing these gems look with color! Often, jewelry can be too much when worn with busy colorful fabrics. The jewelry must be right and the Rainbow Moonstone is the perfect gemstone - not only does it not take anything away from splendid prints and colors, but it enhances style like only a graceful gem can do.

We personally selected these genuine natural rainbow moonstones for their delicate beauty, subtle shimmer of iridescent color, and fine quality. This sweet necklace feels like a gentle caress - the very lightweight flexible design has a soft feminine drape. And the pairing of rainbow moonstones with pure fine white silver is hypnotic.

About Moonstones and Rainbow Moonstones:

A moonstone is a type of feldspar. It is a transparent stone, typically seen in the colorless, milky white and blue colors, though there are also brown, peach, yellow and other colors of moonstone. The milky white to blue variety is distinguished by a white or blue light within the stone's body. When the moonstone is cut as a cabochon, this billowy light glides across the stone as it is moved. The optical effect is known as adularescence. The moonstone was a sacred stone in India, believed to be moonlight in magical solid form. Even today, moonstone is believed to possess strong protective and healing powers. It is also thought to be good luck for lovers by arousing tender passions. Moonstone is rare and becoming rarer which is why it is an expensive stone and often imitated.

The Rainbow Moonstone is a different type of feldspar than the moonstone and is actually a variety of labradorite. The play of light and color emanating from polished labradorite is truly fetching since the light is reflected back and forth internally within the stone producing lustrous metallic tints called labradorescence or schiller. The schiller of labradorite is often blue and green but can be found in the complete spectrum of colors including orange, yellow and violet. The Madagascar Moonstone, a type of labradorite, is an almost transparent stone with strong blue schiller. The Rainbow Moonstone exhibits the full spectrum of colors, though often the most predominant color is a blue iridescence with very subtle overall schiller. The subtle shimmers of color in the rainbow moonstone are difficult to catch in a still photograph, but are enhanced by movement, which is why the Rainbow Moonstone is particularly pretty worn as jewelry.

Materials and Specifications for this particular Rainbow Moonstone Silver Necklace:

- 20-1/2" length (including length of clasp) single strand necklace.
- 135 Natural Rainbow Moonstones (center drilled rondelle-shaped beads) approximately 4 - 5 mm diameter at widest point. The schiller in these stones produce mostly very subtle glimmers of blue, lavender and violet.
- Handcrafted 99.9% pure fine white silver 14mm round Toggle Clasp with wave pattern.
- Handcrafted 99.9% pure fine white silver tiny slim accent beads (spaced between each moonstone).
- sterling silver stringing wire (.014" diameter)
- sterling silver and argentium silver findings.
- Necklace designed and created by Kimberly Arpaia of Arpaia Fine Jewelry

***Important Note: Images shown of the Rainbow Moonstone Silver Necklace are NOT to scale. Digital images of jewelry are often produced in macro format to show detail, craftsmanship and quality. As a result, the Rainbow Moonstone Necklace may look bigger in the images than its actual size.

Necklace shown sold. Please contact Kimberly Arpaia for custom moonstone necklace or for other gemstone jewelry - various gems, shapes and carats weights available. Kimberly would love the opportunity to design a custom necklace for you based on your desires regarding choice of precious metals, gemstones, components, style and length. Call 203-772-4643 or click this link to send an email inquiry.
Labradorite Silver Flower Earrings

Labradorite Silver Flower Earrings

Striking!!!
Labradorite Silver Flower Earrings
Labradorite Silver Flower Earrings in hanging position.
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ArpaiaFineJewelry@mac.comScintillating! Labradorite, a most Fascinating and Exquisite Midnight Sparkler bursts with sun-catching color. These Labradorite Silver Flower Earrings provide that needed pop of color or most refreshing everyday look. The beautifully matched Labrodorite gemstones are superbly cut in marquise-shaped low cabochons with extremely high polish to bring out the best colors. The underlying opaque tones are dark to silver gray, blue and golden brown; the brilliant color flashes are predominantly metallic blue with smatterings of metallic yellow, gold, red and violet. This pair has really nice overall sheen and the fine white silver flower accents and faceted beads enhance the subtle gray tones and flashing rich blues. Very sexy.

About Labradorite:

Labradorite was first discovered at the peninsula of Labrador in Canada. The most common variety of Labradorite is a dark opaque feldspar that produces lustrous metallic flashes of color when viewed at certain angles, an optical effect called schiller or labradorescence. The colorful metallic shimmer is caused from light being reflected through the gemstone's lattice distortions. The most typical color exhibited in Labradorite is bright blue. Other colors are green, yellow, red, orange and violet. Spectrolite is a variety of labradorite from Finland that displays the spectral colors most effectively in brilliant peacock hues, butterfly wing colors, or a cat's-eye effect. To bring out a specimen's true colors, Labradorite requires great cutting and polishing skills, and the best colors can be seen in low cabochon cuts.

Materials and Specifications of this particular pair Labradorite Silver Flower Earrings:

-1-7/8" overall length (measured from top of earring wire to bottom of teardrop gemstone).
- Approximately 14 carats total weight matched pair smooth highly polished genuine natural Labradorite gemstone briolettes - low cabochon cut with marquise-shaping. Metallic blue hues predominant.
- Pair handcrafted fine silver (99.9% pure fine white silver) flower earring wires.
- Pair handcrafted fine silver (99.9% pure fine white silver) faceted beads.
- 24 gauge sterling silver wire.
- Earrings designed and created by Kimberly Arpaia of Arpaia Lang

Note: Pictures shot in macro format to show detail, craftsmanship and quality; accordingly earrings looks bigger in enlarged photographs than actual size.

These Labradorite & Fine Silver Flower Dangle Earrings are sold.  For custom gemstone earrings, please contact Kimberly Arpaia by phone at 203-772-4643 or click this link to send email request.
Clear Quartz Dangle Silver Earrings

Clear Quartz Dangle Silver Earrings

Perfect with Everything
Clear Quartz Dangle Silver Earrings
Clear Quartz Dangle Silver Earrings shown in hanging position.
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Out of sight! Long dangle Clear Quartz gemstones look like frozen drops of pure spring water captured in multitudes of feminine facets. These totally clear transparent babies boast more than 25 carats and are complimented by a simple contemporary fine white silver design. The overall effect is barely-there bling yet dazzling fashion at the same time. Put these Exquisite Midnight Sparklers in your jewelry wardrobe and you'll be wearing them all the time.

About Quartz:

Named after the slavic word "hard," Quartz is an abundant mineral that covers a variety of gems in a variety of colors. Quartz varieties share the same silicon dioxide chemical composition and possess similar physical properties.

The transparent to translucent varieties of Quartz include Amethyst, Ametrine, Citrine, Milky Quartz, Praseolite, Rock Crystal, Rose Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, and Smokey Quartz.

The translucent to opaque varieties of Quartz include Agate, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Chalcedony, Chatoyant Quartz, Carnelian, Cat's-Eye, Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Fire Agate, Hawk's-Eye, Jasper, Onyx, Petrified Wood, Sard, Sardonyx and Tiger's-Eye.

Admired since antiquity and named after the Greek word "ice," the ancient Greeks and Romans believed that ROCK CRYSTAL was eternally frozen ice from the Gods. Today, Rock Crystal is still associated with divination and healing (remember crystal balls). Colorless Rock Crystal is transparent to translucent. Since Rock Crystal lacks fire and brilliance, eye clean colorless transparent stones are characterized as "water clear." Today, crystal normally refers to glass. As a result, the clear clean transparent Quartz specimens are sometimes referred to in the trade as "clear quartz" to denote it is a quartz mineral and not glass.

Materials and Specifications of this particular pair Clear Quartz Dangle Silver Earrings:

- Beautifully Matched Pair of Genuine Clear Quartz Faceted Teardrop-shape Briolettes (approximately 25.10 carats total gemstone weight; transparent eye-clean gemstone quality)
- Handcrafted 99.9% Pure Fine White Silver Pair of Earring Wires, Circular Beads, and Faceted Accent Beads
- 28 Gauge Sterling Silver Wire
- 2-5/8" Overall Length (measured from top of earring wires to bottom of gemstones)
- Earrings designed and created by Kimberly Arpaia of Arpaia Fine Jewelry

***Important Note: Images shown of the Clear Quartz Dangle Silver Earrings are NOT to scale. Digital images of jewelry are often produced in macro format to show detail, craftsmanship and quality. As a result, these earrings look bigger in the enlarged images than actual size.

These Clear Quartz Silver Dangle Earrings are sold. If you would like to custom order a similar pair, please contact Kimberly Arpaia by phone 203-772-4643 or click this link to send email.
Whiskey Quartz Vermeil Earrings

Whiskey Quartz Vermeil Earrings

Warm, Rich, Intoxicating!
Whiskey Quartz Vermeil Earrings
Whiskey Quartz Vermeil Earrings in hanging position.Whiskey Quartz Vermeil Earrings - Picture taken in sunlit room to show depth of color and clarity of gemstones in sunlight (as well as the designer's fingerprints; don't worry, they're cleaned off now).
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Simmering hues. Streamlined fusion of bright 24 karat gold vermeil and elegant soft golden-brown gemstones. Not only Luscious Daytime Sparklers but Deliciously, Deliriously Sexy Exquisite Midnight Sparklers too.

Materials and Specifications of this particular pair Whiskey Quartz Vermeil Earrings:

- Beautifully Matched Pair of Genuine Quartz Marquise-shape Faceted Briolette Gemstones in whiskey color (approximately 15.75 carats total gemstone weight; transparent eye-clean gemstone quality)
- Handcrafted Vermeil (24 kt gold plated pure fine silver) Pair of Earring Wires with Sculpted Beads, Faceted Accent Beads, and Fine Cable Chain
- Vermeil Wire from Bali (24 kt gold plated sterling silver)
- 2-7/8" Overall Length (measured from top of earring wires to bottom of gemstones)
- Earrings designed and created by Kimberly Arpaia of Arpaia Fine Jewelry

***Important Note: Images shown of the Whiskey Quartz Vermeil Earrings are NOT to scale. Digital images of jewelry are often produced in macro format to show detail, craftsmanship and quality. As a result, these earrings look bigger in the enlarged images than actual size.

Earrings shown sold. Please contact designer for custom gemstone earrings - various gems, shapes and carats weights available.  Kimberly would love the opportunity to design custom earrings for you based on your desires regarding choice of precious metals, gemstones, components, style and length. Call 203-772-4643 or click this link to send email request.
Noir Teardrops by Kimberly Arpaia

Noir Teardrops by Kimberly Arpaia

Over 37 carats of brilliant sleek black spinel gemstones
Noir Teardrops by Kimberly Arpaia
Closeup of faceted black spinel briolette.
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ABOUT SPINEL: Natural Spinel is one of the most beautiful gemstones that is just now getting the distinction it deserves.

The Spinel gemstone is found in all colors, most notably the red and pink varieties, but also yellow, orange, green, blue, violet brown and even black. While most spinel colors are transparent varieties, the spinel variety known as ceylonite or pleonaste contains iron resulting in an opaque dark green or black stone. Black spinel is rarely seen in jewelry while red spinel is most often seen in jewelry. Red spinel typically has a pinker hue than ruby, but for centuries red spinel was mistaken for ruby because they both have similar density, hardness, luster and derive their red color from chromium. Spinel was classified as a separate mineral only about 150 years ago. As a result, some famous rubies are really spinel. Though rubies are more prized and more expensive than spinel, gemstone quality spinel is more rare, with the finest specimens coming from Burma. Large spinel stones over 10 carats and star spinels are also very rare. Due to the rarity of gemstone quality natural spinel, the marketplace is flooded with synthetic spinel.

The best spinels are chosen for their lively color and they show well in a variety of shapes from smooth cabochons to brilliants, cushions and step cuts. Spinel is one of the few gemstones not enhanced or treated. While its color may be less intense than rubies or sapphires to which it is commonly compared, its brilliance can be greater. Spinel is often found while searching for ruby or sapphire. Today spinel offers a good value for its beauty, and custom jewelry designers and collectors appreciate and are well aware of spinel. Natural spinel is often chosen over ruby. Not only does it cost a lot less, but it is comparatively hard and durable and usually has better brilliance and clarity than natural ruby. However, the superior merits of spinel are becoming more widely recognized, and therefore, its value is strengthening and prices for rare gemstone quality spinel are increasing. At some point, spinel pricing may readily increase to catch up with its intrinsic worth, beauty and rarity.

Given current advantageous pricing, consider red spinel in lieu of ruby and black spinel in lieu of black diamonds.

Earrings shown sold. Please contact designer for custom black spinel earrings - we have various shapes and carats weights available. We would love the opportunity to design custom earrings for you based on your desires regarding choice of precious metals, gemstones, components, style and length. Call Arpaia Lang at 203-691-5851 or click this link to send email request to Arpaia Lang.
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