This example of Italian jewelry design displays the modern preference of using clean lines. Yet there are aspects of the piece which bring echoes of Italy’s historic past. Early lapidary techniques most likely began with the bead or cabochon form. Stones were shaped into a simple rounded form by rubbing them with other stones followed by a “polishing” using an abrasive such as sand. Early technology was, of course, quite limited.
By the 1400s better techniques were developed with the cabochon developing into shaping and polishing a stone with a convex top and flat bottom. In simple terms a cabochon is a way of describing a gem cut which has no facets.
A natural sapphire of a deep midnight yet distinctive blue cut en cabochon has a 5 mm diameter and a weight of .85 carats. The gem is set in a deep collet with once again glimmers of the techniques of old – side arch detail. The sleek mounting is 18k yellow gold and smooth as glass. Past and present blend seamlessly for a fresh and look for today.
Date: Circa 1980.