Winner of the 2010 Bench Jewelers Passion Award Design Contest,
Award of Merit for Ladies Jewelry
The Golden State was designed as an anniversary gift to a woman who the commissioner loves almost as much as he loves his native state of California. It was entirely hand-crafted over a period of three hundred and fifty hours and represents a culmination of all the jewelry knowledge Master Jeweler Jesh has acquired in the last seventeen years.
The design is inspired by the California poppy and manzanita trees that are native to California, gracing the coast of Mendocino, dappling the meadows of Yosemite National Park, and shading the deserts of San Diego. The poppy motif echoes an Egyptian styling of papyrus while the intricate winding of the manzanita branches hint at a Victorian lace. All these influences combine to produce a piece of jewelry art that is truly unique and fresh.
The Golden State is a combination and rose and yellow gold set with nine hand-cut Fire Agates, each jewel shining in its own combination of brown, red, yellow, orange, and green iridescence. Some look holographic, others look like desert-scapes and others like a California sunset. The piece is accented with the sparkle of thirty-four diamonds which fall in a repeating graceful arc that connects visually between links.
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