Omega and Chrome Tourmaline Drop Necklace with a Woven Chain
This inverted Omega cradles an outstanding and exceedingly rare 7.37ct Chrome Tourmaline. Yes, Chrome Tourmalines are out there, but one of this size, clarity and color, are not easy to come by.
Like many of Kent's Masterworks, this piece is a culmination of literally years of contemplation and musing. Having the central gem sitting on his bench, the piece slowly takes shape. He sketches, his palate of accent stones comes into play, and imaginings of the future owner float through his mind.
Finally he decides on the true natural blue of Zircon as the accent stones, with just a hint of diamond sparkle at the tips, giving way to the 'Wings', as Kent has named the caps which integrate the chain into the body of Omega.
The elegant tapering hand woven chain, a trademark of Kent's work, brings a suppleness and perfect balance to the fullness of the central piece.
The clasp is never an afterthought in Kent's work, it is in itself a magnificent jewel. The two halves slide together and snap closed for a very secure fit and have a safety catch for added security.
Chrome Tourmaline 7.37ct
Blue Zircon 1.60ct
83.2gr. 18k Gold.
Made 100% by the mind, heart and hands of master craftsman, master jeweler Kent Raible. Made in the USA.
Kent Raible and his jewelry....
Unlike much “designer” jewelry made today, all jewelry work is done under Kent's direct supervision, with the majority of pieces made entirely by his hand. Beginning with the artist's vision and his sketch, every aspect of the work is done in his studio: alloying the metals, pouring ingots from molten gold, then rolling and drawing the sheet and wire stock used in fabrication, making of granules and small parts used to produce each of Kent's fabulously intricate pieces.
All work is handmade in the USA.
".... Kent's pieces are the quintessence of sumptuous jewelry. Using gold, precious and semi precious stones, he brings to mind a fantasy world of sultans, sheiks and palatial surroundings. Kent's work is glorious in that it has a fantastical quality. It alludes to a time of opulence, when intensive labor was an end in itself. There's a sumptuous, sparkling, magnificence to his work."
- Kenneth Trapp, Former Curator, Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery; National Museum of American Craft
"My life’s path is that of the goldsmith, a path of over 50 years now! To say I love my job would be an understatement! Because, in a world where few things endure, I am one of those who have chosen to celebrate that which defies the passage of time and the whims of fashion.
My life's works draw deeply from the most ancient wells - the archetypes, symbols, and themes that have persisted for millennia. But in my hands, they take on and follow the lines of that singular, internal vision of the practiced artist - one who speaks his own language that somehow bridges the past, present, and future.
My clients tend to call me a true Renaissance man. One could say, in fact, that the pieces I create are perfect time-traveling machines! Firmly rooted in ages-old tradition, each a conscious contributor to its own time, always with a keen and anticipatory eye on what might be next." ~ Kent
Kent Raible's Masterworks Collection:
Presented here are current and available one-of-a-kind works by master craftsman and award-winning goldsmith Kent Raible. Each piece has been designed and executed by Kent and his team, and represents the ultimate in the jeweler's art, using traditional and sometimes ancient goldsmithing techniques.