Upcycled Gems – Ethereal meets Earthy

Matagi Sorensen recently finished a wedding ring commission which I photographed. It was so difficult to choose which photos were my favorite for his website.

Normally I am not into diamonds, but as I was looking at the photos I found myself completely mesmerized by this gem. This diamond has an ethereal quality that is almost hypnotic. It doesn’t seem like it could be solid!

The stone was originally from the bride’s grandmother’s engagement ring. A closer look under the microscope revealed a color and clarity from diamonds mined from the 1890s to the 1920s that were regularly used in jewelry from Germany.

The ring has two sapphires and a diamond and was originally in a classic setting. Matagi’s magic turned it into something completely modern and completely original.

Check it out – Something Old, Something New . . . 

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Pretty soon I’ll be leaving Phoenix, so I won’t be taking photo’s of Matagi’s work anymore. What a piece to end on.

3 thoughts on “Upcycled Gems – Ethereal meets Earthy

  1. That ring is a masterpiece! Thanks for posting this. You can see the beauty of the diamond much better than in that other pic you posted on FB. And your photography always displays the work so perfectly. You will always be one of my favorite artists!

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    1. thanks, Geordie!

      It’s a gorgeous ring – and as always – I learned a lot about the differences between silver and gold from the conversations with Matagi.

      I am going to miss photographing Matagi’s work – it’s really a strange feeling to think that I won’t be doing it very soon. This morning I had a dream for a new painting (which I promptly sketched when I woke up) – and when I went through some of the photography for some other jewelry pieces, I realized the inspiration for the painting was from the photos!

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