Watercolor and Gouache Designer-Cut Blue Sapphire, Gold, and Seed Pearl Earring Rendering by Joana Miranda

Tonight’s rendering was inspired again by one of John Dyer’s designer-cut gemstones – in this case, a 2.26 ct fan-shaped Kenyan sapphire.  To complement the richness of the blue sapphire, I chose to use yellow gold together with the warmth of a slightly peach-colored seed pearl tassel.

In rendering the gemstone, I was reminded again of the need to toss away rules and render what is in my imagination.  I feel like my best renderings tell a story that transcends jewelry.  Maybe fitting is this quote by Betty Smith, an American writer who lived between 1896 and 1972:

“Look at everything as though you were seeing it for either the first or last time…then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”


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