Orange Sapphire Ring by Jennifer Dawes Design
This sculptural ring was handmade by Jennifer Dawes Design in her Santa Rosa studio. It features an 3.8 carat unheated orange sapphire that is a bit chameleon in color, ranging from deep orange to bright grapefruit pinkish-orange, depending on the light. Purchased in Tanzania as a rough gemstone weighing over 2 grams, it was faceted into a custom Portuguese Round cut by Peter Torraca. The warmth of an 18k yellow gold bezel surrounds the center sapphire and .77 ctw rose cut pear shape diamonds with a grey shimmer that perfectly accent the center. The hand-hammering of the finish shows Jennifer’s hand in every detail.
This sapphire center gem comes from the Umba region in Tanzania. This region is known for its multi-hued sapphires, garnets and tourmalines. These rich gem deposits follow the undulations of the Umba River in the Tanga region. Sapphires are found in the most incredible hues of blues, greens, purples, pinks, yellows and orange. Many of these sapphires contain a number of inclusions that give the gems their color as well as character. Though sapphires from around the world are routinely heated, ANZA Gems does not heat sapphires, which would remove many of the internal inclusions and sometimes brighten the color. What you see is literally what you get right out of the red dirt in East Africa.