CHROMA EAR CLIPS: A PAIR OF CERAMIC AND SPINEL EAR CLIPS BY SIEGELSON, NEW YORK

A pair of ear clips, each centering a pear-shaped spinel framed in coral-colored ceramic, the spinel accented by diamonds set in triangles of gold; mounted in rose gold

  • 2 pear-shaped spinels, weighing a total of 22.50 carats
  • 12 diamonds
  • Measurements: 1 1/2 x 7/8 inches

Additional cataloguing

Certification

Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF) Test Report no. 48808, dated June 11, 2007, stating that the spinels have no indications of any treatment.

Significance

Created from two exceptionally colored pink spinels, these earrings highlight the electric hues found within the stones. Framed by vibrant orange ceramic and dotted with diamond details, the clips climb effortlessly up the ear. The natural chroma of these spectacular spinels complement the ceramic hue to create a harmonious design.

For most of history, spinels were identified as rubies because of their saturated red coloration. It was not until 1783 that the French mineralogist Jean Baptiste Louis Romé de Lisle discovered that they were a different stone. The confusion between these two gemstones is understandable, since they are similar in chemical composition and the stones are usually discovered together. Throughout history, the spinel has been a preferred gemstone for royal regalia; examples are included in the British, French, and Russian Crown Jewels. In the book Gems & Crystals from the American Museum of Natural History, Anna D. Sofianides and George E. Harlow say of spinels that, “Stones weighing more than five carats are uncommon.” These two spinels weighing 12.08 and 10.42 carats, respectively are unusual on their own. It is extremely rare to find a pair of perfectly matched, gem quality spinels in such elegant shapes.

The combination of rare and beautiful stones with the subtle and carefully considered design by Siegelson results in a masterful jewel that is beautiful, fluid, wearable, and will be coveted by top collectors.