Chalcedony, Sapphire and Diamond Pendant
The most recent addition to the Kent Raible limited edition Studio Collection, Kent's Arc pendant has beautiful flowing lines. From the tapering lines of granulation to the elegantly shaped bale, the proportions this pendant are perfect in every detail.
Kent cut the Chalcedony himself and designed this pendant just for his collection of beautiful gems! Note that the Chalcedony is not just a flat shape, it is actually very nuanced in it's form and curve. The stone has been cut into to set the sapphire right into the Calcedony. The gold work is open at the top of the stone allowing light to also penetrate from above!
The flowing lines and fine granulation frame the gems perfectly! The bale on this pendant is a work of art all on its own. With the double curves and boarders leading right down to the sparkle of diamond to finish it off. Bravo!
The photos taken in a light box show the detail of the pendant nicely, but the color and nuance of the Chalcedony is obliterated with bight light coming from all directions making the stone look lifeless. Therefore I have added images taken with an iPhone on different surfaces with differing light sources to give you the best idea of the stone's color and character.
The bale opens to clip on your favorite chain, beads, pearls, etc.
***Please note - The pendant worn by the model is the same pendant body set with different gems. These images are included here to show the size and shape on the body.
Chalcedony Arc Cabochon 18.55 cts
Blue Sapphire Princess cut .48cts
9.2grams 18k Gold
Fits chains or pearls up to 5.3mm
Chain sold separately
Width: 1.3 in. (32.9 mm)
Depth: 0.37 in. (9.3 mm)
Length: 1.38 in. (35 mm)
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
Kent Raible's ‘Studio Collection’:
These works are 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.