8 bit jewellery anyone?

Style and fashion are cyclical and our love for the retro aesthetic has remained strong throughout. 

Whether spending you EMA (college allowance) down the nearest vintage store or digging out the Sega Megadrive to scream at level 3 of Lion King, the passion hasn't wained. 

Another passion of our quaint species is, of course, all that is shiny. Like industrious crows, we actively covet all that glitters. The most sought after shiny's often come under the moniker of Diamonds and Gemstones. 

Now imagine combining the two.

Introducing the incredible opposed bar cuts of Jordan Wilkins, a gem cutter and artist from America. 

His website reads: 

"My journey started as a 7-year-old holding a loose gemstone for the first time that was a gift from my father, it was an old and very worn African amethyst that had fallen out of one of his rings, I was enamoured by this little shining rock. Like any kid my age, I started a rock collection—eventually, it grew into a fascination for the art of creating jewellery, it was the hobby that started it all. Years later in high school, I had continued my hobby of collecting rocks and gemstones but I wanted something more. I eventually found it my senior year in a lost wax jewellery class, allowing me to create works of wearable art.

"I HAD ALWAYS DREAMED OF LEARNING TO FACET, BUT I HAD NO IDEA OF WHAT I NEEDED OR WHERE TO BEGIN.”

After graduation I attended the California Institute of Jewellery Training, located in Carmichael, specialising in Jewellery Repair and Fine Jewellery. During my last class I met Don Meuchel, I discovered he was a hobby faceter, someone who cut gemstones just for the joy of doing it, and after developing our friendship I was compelled to learn more about this fascinating art. I had always dreamed of learning to facet, but I had no idea of what I needed or where to begin. He offered me my first lesson if I was able to obtain the necessary tools to get started, and within a short time, I was under his instruction and on my way to becoming a custom faceter.

 

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"IT HAS BEEN A PATH OF DISCOVERY AND A REWARDING JOURNEY THAT IS ONLY JUST BEGINNING."

It has now been almost 10 years since and I have perfected my skills and become a much more accomplished cutter and photographer. I have been lucky enough to develop connections and make hundreds of friends around the world, granting me the privilege of cutting rare and valuable pieces for customers in far off destinations, to others in my own hometown. It has been a path of discovery and a rewarding journey that is only just beginning. Adventure awaits as I look forward to travelling to exotic mining destinations and experiencing diverse cultures around the world, all thanks to the support of my friends, family, and a Father that helped make one little boy's dream come true."

So now we know the man in question let's have a look at some of his amazing creations:

 

You can discover more of his works here: https://www.jordan-designs.com/

These got me thinking, what sort of applications could this kind of gem have. 

If you are listening Jordan? What do you think to a few retro numbers? Could go over well with the hip hop community? 

 

I'll get you started...

 

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Imagine this shape encasing a whole host of opposed cut green gems. The ultimate retro gaming chain?!

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How about a few Pac Man ghosts utilising the opposed cut? Some stunning Sapphires & Rubies could work well?

Whatever the application, I think we can agree that this is a stunningly interesting style of cut that will catch the eye of our fellow coveters of shiny things.

Discover a whole bunch of shiny stuff in our upcoming auction catalogues: 

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