The memories came pouring out of Cynthia Renee’s client, whose husband had gifted her with a custom designed Cynthia Renee ring for their seventh anniversary. A young mother who had started her life in Eastern Europe, one of the client’s earliest recollections was of a treasured grandmother’s garden and fruit orchard.
It was a place, as she described it, of fragrant roses, with petals that her grandmother used to make jam. And there was fruit everywhere, which to her tiny eyes looked like the colors of the gemstones she saw in Cynthia’s studio: golden quinces as big as a man’s fist, and raspberries, cherries, a walnut tree, strawberries.
This time, as a grown woman, she found herself alone walking on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a medieval pilgrimage route along the northern coast of Spain. It is nicknamed the Milky Way because of the constellation of stars that the pilgrims believed led them on their way. It was along this picturesque route that Cynthia’s client made the decision to marry her husband.
From these influences, Cynthia created her client’s 18 karat gold ring, with many consultations along the way, all via Skype, email or telephone – Cynthia and her client didn’t even meet in person until after the ring was completed!
The jewel’s crowning glory is a rare, oval-shaped padparadscha sapphire from Madagascar, weighing 3.71 carats, and a pair of pear-shaped diamonds weighing a total of 1.41 carats, accented with two additional round diamonds weighing a total of 0.39 carats. The padparadscha was an inspired and symbolic choice, not only for its extreme rarity and glorious color, but also because the term “padparadscha” is derived from the Singhalese word for the color of a rare and beautiful flower.
Cynthia Renee Full Custom Designed ring for a private collector. The padparadscha sapphire was found by the designer using one of her sources around the world. Please inquire with Cynthia Renee for gemstone sourcing and custom design commissions.