'Cathedral Ring' with Aquamarine, Blue Sapphire and Platinum
Kent Raible's 'Cathedral Ring'
In true Raible fashion, the center of this piece seems to 'float' above the ring! The 17.6 carat custom cut Aquamarine, and the four Princess cut Sapphires are set in a Platinum frame, constructed in such a way that there is open space all around this central piece.
This one of a kind wearable sculpture is all hand fabricated in 18 karat gold with Platinum, and fine granulation by the artist himself.
Notice, in the photo, how this piece stands on "feet" comprised of four Trillion cut Blue Sapphires (4x4mm each).
"If you pretend you are tiny, and stand inside this ring, look up and you will see the vaulted ceiling and architecture reminiscent of being inside a cathedral...." Kent
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.
Blue Sapphire 4.07ct total weight
32.1 grams 18 karat Gold
12.0 grams Platinum
Width: 1.75 in. (44.45 mm)
Depth: 1.75 in. (44.45 mm)
Length: 1.75 in. (44.45 mm)
Size 8 (not sizable)
See a video of this piece here:
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 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 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.