Ricco Original Design 18K gold frames enhance these 17mm Mabe pearls beautifully. Evocative of moon symbolism, the circle within a circle is a perfect complement to the feminine rounded shapes of the pearls.
Available to buy online here 18K Gold Earrings with Mabe Pearls on Square Market
Just created: new original design to showcase 6.5 mm freshwater pearls. Pearls nested in concave hemispherical cups produce a halo of gold around them. Side view shows that the studs come off the earlobe with some height, lending substance to the form and protecting the pearl.
A beautiful and very effective design if I don’t say so myself. Design copyrighted: Ricco 2014.
Buy them from my online store.
What is white gold and what is palladium white gold?
In its pure form, gold is yellow. So how do you make it change to white? You mix pure gold with another metal, a white metal.
A mix of metals is an alloy. To make a white gold alloy, makers can use either palladium, a noble metal, or nickel, a base metal. Since palladium costs $900 an ounce while nickel costs 9 dollars a pound, most white gold jewelry uses nickel.
Using nickel in the alloy can have consequences: it produces an allergic reaction in some people; the alloy is brittle may develop cracks; the prongs around stone settings can break off, especially for those who spend a lot of time in chlorinated pools (the chlorine leaches nickel out of the metal.) So, if you own white gold jewelry with prong set stones, it’s a good idea to visually check the prongs occasionally. For more details, see this article.
This is why Ricco white gold jewelry uses palladium alloys. It reflects an underlying philosophy that you can do things cheaply or you can do them right, and my choice is always to do the best I can with quality materials and processes. Details the buyer may be unaware of are important to me since I want my jewelry to endure in time.
18K Palladium White Gold Band with Damascus Steel Inset">18K Palladium White Gold Band with Damascus Steel Inset
A ring for the manly man, very discreet, but with lots of low-key presence. The ring has 18K Palladium White Gold (only the edges visible when worn) with an outer band of artisan-made Damascus steel showing swirls and layers of iron and stainless steel. How cool is that?
Price is right. Check it out at my online store HERE
Emeralds of this quality are rare and expensive, but look how beautiful they are against gold!
The setting is an original Ricco design in 14K gold, size 4 1/2. The emerald is 6.4 mm in diameter and weighs a little over one carat.
The metal is substantial and thick, quality marked 14K and signed Ricco.
Available to purchase online HERE
It’s not often that you see matching sets these days, so I thought I would make a few. Here is my newest offering, with freshwater pearls set in sterling silver.
Mounts are made of sterling silver with dish shapes that cup the round pearls nicely. The earrings have the dish oxidized black which provides strong contrast to the white pearls. The dish for the pendant is highly polished which reflects the pearl and effectively magnifies its shape and color like a lens. The pearl in the pendant is perfectly round, with high luster, albeit a tad smaller than the pearls in the earrings.
Length of the necklace is 17 inches. Onyx beads interspersed with pearls are on cord finished with sterling chain, making for a natural and supple drape, unlike beads on wire.
Stackable rings are easy to wear, but often you find them thin and flimsy. These are substantial, 2 mm wide by 1.5 thick, so they’ll last a lifetime and beyond.
The hammered flats give a bit of flash when the light hits them and shows that a person made these rings, not a machine.
One important advantage of stack rings is their flexibility–each one is separate–so you can have a wide ring that is comfortable to wear.
In this picture, you have 18K yellow at the top, 18K palladium white gold in the middle, and 18K rose gold at the bottom. Mix and match how you stack them to change the look; they are very versatile and fun.
See the set pictured on my online store or order a set in your size by contacting me.
A wedding ring may be the most special, meaningful jewelry purchase you ever make. It should not look or feel like thousands of others you’ll find in a catalog or a department store. The hammered finish on this ring tells you that it was made by a human being, not a machine.
It’s a good, honest ring, made to last a lifetime, just as you wish for your marriage. And the price is right too.
See it at my online store along with many other wedding band designs.
In her new book, “Executive Presence,” Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founder of the Center for Talent Innovation, identifies three key ingredients for success in the corporate world: how you act, how you speak, and how you look.
Arguably the easiest of these to control is how you look. Clothing and hairstyle are important elements, but jewelry is certainly key as well.
These Tahitian black pearls in their gold cages are an example. They are both beautiful and elegant; the design is simple but effective. At home in a business environment, they are also appropriate for social occasions.
Available for purchase at my online store 14K Gold Earrings South Sea Pearl ER-007 on Square Market