Iris Diamond Slice
If you have not yet met a diamond slice, then you are in for something extraordinary.
Diamond slices were the first diamonds to turn me from a diamond industry hater, to a true diamond lover... they duck out of the whole "Four C's" conversation, and defy any snobbery of color and clarity, in fact they relish in being the very opposite of the quintessential "flawless" stone.
Diamonds are an extraordinary stone. They are the strongest of the bunch and have an unfathomable history of heat, pressure, a billion years and volcanic eruption. These slices show a glimpse of their extreme story...
Slices start as large, highly included and/ or opaque rough diamonds, that are sliced using a laser into slices 1-3mm thick, the surfaces polished and sometimes mildly faceted near the edges, with the edges left rough as the natural stone was found. They are dainty shards of mottled and intriguing, glass like slices, containing their own little galaxies of a story, each one being completely unique to the next, and they sparkle like the diamonds that they are!
I hand pick each slice individually, seeking out slices of light and reflection, with something striking about them. I will sift through hundreds of stones to find my few and won't work with anything I am not in love with. I then immerse them in wax and create either facets or texture around them, designed move with the natural shape of the stone and then set it to cast, another process of heat and pressure where anything can happen, the result being these glittering shards of history framed in delicate gold frames.
This piece has an extraordinary black carbon heart, that looks like a dream catcher or the iris of an eye... It fractures out with spider web delicacy, and is framed in 18kt Rose Gold, with my signature dainty 14kt diamond cut chain that is both dainty and strong (14kt makes for a stronger chain - I sleep in mine) and sparkles with all its faceted and reflective edges. I spent two years sourcing the right chains and am in love with these. They have three jump rings for the clasp, allowing the chain to be worn at three different lengths, 14, 15 and 16 inches.
No two stones are ever the same. If you would like to see several stones and available pieces please email me at Jayne@ternyc.com or DM me @TERNYC and I would be delighted to show you!