Opal and Green Garnet Dangle Earrings
A fresh and lively little earring from the Kent Raible limited edition 'Studio Collection', these sweet earrings have it all going on! Kent Raible is a master with color (read below what the curator of the Smithsonian had to say about it), he has a way of pairing multi hues that brings out the best in each gem! Here he has paired the multi colors of top quality Australian Crystal Fire Opal with the brilliant sparkle of Green Grossular Garnet.
Did you know that Green Grossular Garnet has a refractive index near that of Diamond? That level of sparkle, and gorgeous color, brings out the flashes of color in the Opal creating a stunning combination! Here Raible has kept his iconic gold work to a minimum, using his granulation to frame the gems and set a timeless quality to these lovely dangle earrings!
The large backs keep these earrings comfortable and secure.
Australian Crystal Fire Opal 1.05ct total weight
Greenn Grossular Garnets .94 ct total weight
8.3 grams 18 karat Gold
Width: 0.45 in. (11.22 mm)
Depth: 0.22 in. (5.35 mm)
Length: 1.03 in. (26.10 mm)
See a video of this piece here:
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 44 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
The Kent Raible's ‘Studio Collection’:
Are works inspired by some of Kent's favorite one-of-a-kind pieces. They are created to be just as beautiful as his bespoke work, but by repeating the design, become more affordable.
An original piece is fabricated by the artist, and is then molded and cast in 18karat gold. The castings are then finished and granulated by hand. The assembly, stone setting, chain weaving, clasp mechanisms, and finish work are done by the artist himself, and his personally trained goldsmiths. Each limited edition piece, although beginning from the same mold is slightly different; varied stones, granule patterns and other touches make each piece unique.