So one thing I'll be looking for, both in Tucson and other upcoming shows, is more melee for my halos, petals, and earrings that take smaller gems. I'm also going to look for gem colors that complement the colors I love.
Here are some color layouts I have been playing with that I really like. The first shows some possible layouts for my nine stone ring, using zircon, tanzanite chrysoberyl and tsavorite. The second is a mix of four different color sapphires, a mint, a tsav, and a tourmaline.
|Tsavorite, Zircon, Tanzanite, Chysoberyl|
|Sapphire, Tsavorite, Mint Garnet, Tourmaline|
|Tanzanite and Color Change Garnet|
|Tanzanite and Sapphire|
|Tanzanite, Hauynite and Rhodolite|
|Spinel, Purple Garnet and Tanzanite|
|Unheated Tanzanite, Alexandrite, Purple Sapphire|
|Spinel, Emerald, Amethyst|
|Zircon and Mint Garnet (or was it emerald?)|
|Zircon and Demantoid|
Burmese spinel are also a fun design challenge. Aside from yellow, you can add a chrysoberyl or a minty stone (I think that was a lighter Paraiba).
|Spinel and Paraiba|
|Spinel And Chrysoberyl|