The vintage feel, the clean lines and the amazing stone drew me to this one-of-a-kind piece by Alexis Kletjian. Below Alexis shares the story behind the design.
"Phenakite is a special, rare gemstone. It has the ability to melt ice, which is really, really cool. What other gemstone can cut and melt ice?! Only a superwoman of a gemstone!
Jean-Noel Soni of Top Notch Faceting cut this stone specifically for me. I saved it for almost two years before I decided what form it should take. As a wonderful collaborator, Jean facets beautiful stones (with his own stamp) in the style of which I like to design. Once in my possession, I wait for the correct time and space to transform them.
One of my favorite designs, an early piece, was a yellow and white diamond superwoman necklace that now adorns the neck of my good friend who has been part of my jewelry journey since day one. In the spirit of that oh-so-good feeling, I was inspired to create another "superwoman" piece. We began this phenakite in the shape of a shield and after I decided upon a classic signet, I rounded out her sharpness and went with the timeless elegance of 22K yellow gold.
I don't usually become attached to my designs. I understand this joy doesn't belong to me, it belongs to the wearer of my creations, my collectors, as part of their story, identity. But, occasionally one design will take a piece of my heart, and this phenakite definitely has me captured.
Jean has referred to this phenakite as "pure light", and I am honored this ring has garnered admiration because I poured my love and energy into making her just so. Super, even."
See more of Alexis' elegant and classic designs here.