Ruby 'Flying Saucer' chandelier Earrings
Kent Raible is well known for his 'Flying Saucer' Earrings. This latest pair includes 5mm round Diamond cut round Rubies weighing 1.21cts total. Below the top, we see a spinning vortex culminating in the 'Saucers', each set with 36 Diamond cut round Rubies, with a total Ruby weight of 1.81 carats. Kent granulated the pattern on the saucers, then removed the gold in between, creating this open, floating feeling. The bottom portion of the earring spins and moves freely. The omega style earring backs insure a comfortable and secure wear. The total 18 carat gold weight is 16.2 grams. The earrings are 2" long, and 3/4" at the widest point of the saucers. These are hand fabricated, one of a kind earrings.
Width: 0.75 in. (19.05 mm)
Length: 2 in. (50.8 mm)
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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.