March 28, 2016
Ariva's Silk Collection is known for its exploration of hand carved texture in sterling silver, but it is also defined by its use of striking, natural gems. While many of the gems found in Silk are familiar to those with an interest in fine jewelry, such as amethyst, topaz, peridot or citrine, this spring we will introduce a host of designs with lesser known-- but no less beguiling-- stones.
One such gemstone is bowenite, a semi-precious stone from the Serpentine family. Ranging in color from a light yellow green to a deep, dark green, the stone is mined in several places around the globe, including China, South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan and the U.S.
Historically, the stone was important to the Māori people of New Zealand, who used the gem for jewelry, as well as to craft weapons and tools.
In the Silk Collection, bowenite is combined with other opaque stones in muted tones, like moonstone and grey moonstone, to create understated yet elegant designs.