|An opal from from the Christensen mine in Andamooka, Australia, cut by Paul Christensen is framed in 18k gold and diamonds. It retails for about $140,000.|
Dramatic colors, distinct shapes, and artistic expression are among the characteristics of Barbara Westwood’s jewelry. Large gemstones of varying shapes, colors and designs create central themes often highlighted by high-karat gold, diamonds and other precious gems. These pieces are designed to stand alone or complement her other creations.
|Black onyx hearts carved Steve Walters and topped with a precious gem (such as citrine, blue topaz, pink tourmaline and rhodolite garnet) The glittery material on some of the hearts are Drusy. Each item retails from $3,000 to $4,000.|
I caught up with Westwood and her husband and business partner, Sky Hall, at the Gem & Jewelry Exchange show in Tucson in February during a couple of pauses from the throngs of people viewing her signature designs. It was a long way from Gdańsk, Poland, where I first met the couple two years ago. Westwood was being honored by the Amberif International Fair of Amber, Jewellery and Gemstones for her work. For the trade fair, she created a line of amber jewelry, adding yet another material to her vast palette.
|This single piece of ametrine is cut and carved like a cameo by Tom Munsteiner and framed with 18k and diamonds. This is a one of a kind and one piece. It retails for $23,500.|