This piece is the culmination of two talented minds in collaboration: Thomas Dailing and prize-winning gemstone cutter Richard Homer. The 12mm Nigerian red tourmaline, which features a brilliant pavilion, was concave-cut and faceted by Homer. This pendant is made of 18K yellow gold and 18K palladium white gold. Dailing drilled a hole through the tourmaline, into which he tube-set a small diamond. The white-gold tube is laser-welded to a white-gold wire cone. The cone and the parabolic open bezel work together to create intensely beautiful reflections of mathematical precision. The golden ratio comes to my mind when I gaze at this masterpiece. What a treat it would have been to see this in person!
Geoffrey Giles was introduced to jewelry making as a teenager. Already an artist, he knew right away that he had an eye for this art form and subsequently apprenticed under two master goldsmiths. He earned his BFA from the Department of Craft at Virginia Commonwealth University. Geoffrey worked for a few years as a bench jeweler and then began to focus on jewelry design. He is well known for his surface techniques and innovative geometric formations.
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