The story of this piece all began with the stone hunt! This is the best part of creating a new piece by finding that dream stone that makes your heart pitter patter. My mind had been set on an elongated old cut diamond that had the right amount of character and color. I wanted a stone that displayed a little bit of warmth changing from white to buttery cream under different lighting conditions.
The stone of my dreams came along in early 2013, but I was too late to purchase before it was scooped up. This was literally the stone that got away. Discouraged, I took a break and decided to keep myself busy with other gemstone projects. There was no point in stressing over what should be a fun and exciting process. I believe this is true for anything in life.
The beginning of spring 2014, the unbelievable happened. The stone of my dreams that had gotten away came back into my life. I had the opportunity to purchase and of course jumped on it right away. Call me crazy, but I strongly believed it was fate of two old souls being reunited again. Not being able to see the original stone in person and only in photos and videos, I was taking a gamble with love at first sight. When I received the stone, I feel in love all over again. The stone was everything I could have imagined and more. It was the perfect size, shape, wonkiness, color and more. I could not wait to start planning her forever home!
I took a few days to get to know and play with her in my stone holder. What type of forever home would she want? Did I want to set her east-west as the original owner had or north-south? Would she look best in a bezel or prong setting? The possibilities were endless from a simple solitaire, classic three, organic halo and more. The chunky facets, slight wonkiness and light play were unbelievable. Being a devoted halo girl, I decided to go with a floral halo. I added romantic hand engraving and delicate millgrain that would really show case the center stone. With that said, the Lilybell was born.
Are you currently on a stone hunt of your own? Tell us about it! Do you have the perfect stone, but can't quite figure out the perfect home for it? Send us a note on our contact form, and let JYB Jewels help find the perfect setting that suits you!
XO.XO. Stay Sassy & Sparkly.