Chalcedony and Opal Cocktail Ring
"This lofty and elegant ring is set with a large, long, oval blue chalcedony, cut from material recently discovered in California. It is very translucent and lively for this type of stone. The design is lofty, with a light feeling, while also being quite large. The long ellipse of the stone evoked a bit of the art nouveau in me, one of my earliest and most formative influences, and this shows in the lines of the ring shank, which rise up to meet the elevated setting. I chose Australian crystal opal for the accents, soft, but with a bit of fire to set off the chalcedony." ~ Kent
One of a kind and hand fabricated entirely by Kent Raible in our Washington state studio.
Chalcedony 24.31 carats
Australian Fire Opal 1.68 carats total
20.2 grams 18k Gold
Height: 1.34 in. (34 mm)
Width: 0.87 in. (22 mm)
Length: 1.46 in. (37 mm)
Ring size 8.25
Sizable down to 6.75, up to 10.25
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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.