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River Dredge

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Root rings are our signature design pieces. With an organic ebb and flow to them, and a shape that fits a hand's natural contours, these rings look like something that came from the ground.

This is why we often use raw stones in this series- natural, uncut gemstones that came from the ground in their own form and have been set into the body of the design where they fit best. This stone is an 10 x 7mm river sapphire dredged from the Missouri River in Montana, USA. The color is amazing- smokey grey-blue at one end, fading to a softer brownish blue towards the other end, with a bit of iron oxide trapped in the lighter end of the stone.

That pebbly look you see is simply from years of riverbed wear. This stone is completely natural- no heating, faceting, drilling, or irradiating. There are cleavage planes throughout the stone, natural fractures within the crystal, but not detrimental to the strength of the piece.

To one side of the stone are four tiny round sapphires (faceted) tucked into the body of the design. These measure 1.5mm and are a deep navy blue.

This ring is one of a kind, it fits a size 6 to 6.5 comfortably because of the inside round contour. Sizing up or down by a size or two will be included in the price. Cast in reclaimed sterling silver.

SJC

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Raw gemstones- rough bits of mineral and color and fire pulled from the Earth and set directly into the metals they once shared ground with. Raw power, raw design... raw, unbridled nature- captured in art.

These are stones that have had no cutting, drilling, shaping or polishing whatsoever. They have internal inclusions naked to the world, crystal structures perfectly visible in some, while cleavage lines and shatter marks show up in others. This line is our second most popular, and quite often surprising people by how much they begin to love it.

This design line is in stark contrast to the CAD/CAM jewelry so often found in design schools and shopping malls. Nearly every piece is one of a kind, and custom work is a double blind adventure, as we cannot predict how the lines and curves of metal will follow the natural shards and angles of a stone.

Raw stones cannot be guaranteed, as they are often jagged and will wear over time. This, however, is one of the benefits of the line- a gemstones that will age while you do, slowly revealing the fire inside.

As often as we can, we buy the stones direct from the source- small mine owners in Kenya and Nigeria, Brazil and Oregon. We visit trade shows only once a year usually, so supplies are limited at best. Once a parcel of river sapphires sells out, that is often it until next winter, when we can meet up with the dealers again. This also makes it difficult to specially procure a size, color, or gem that may not be in our collection.
Julie Terwilliger
Jason Nichols
Emily Nichols

River Dredge

Overview

  • Materials: sapphire, silver, missouri river sapphire, raw sapphire, montana sapphire, sterling silver
  • Feedback: 318 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Michigan, United States
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