Eve J. Alfille Gallery and Studio

The Ring That Survived

Fine art jewelry designer Eve Alfille was greeted by a surprise in December of 2017 when an old friend called her gallery with an unusual request…the fate of one of Eve’s rings, created for a couple back in 2008, was at stake.

ring.drawingsThe ring had just been lost, along with their California home, which burned down in the devastating fires that ravaged over 440 square miles of the west coast. The ring in question, a custom-made storytelling ring, had been covered in symbols and images important to the pair (running water to show “constant life,” a sun symbol representing “happiness,” and so on) and had been hand-crafted by Eve from a unique metal: palladium.

A scientist by hobby, the ring’s owner wanted to know if Eve could tell him the chance of its survival in a fire: melted puddles of aluminum left them with little hope, but the discovery of an intact steel ice pick gave them pause.

Eve responded with a message of encouragement:

“…Your ring was created in palladium – a metal with a very high melting point of just over 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Palladium is a platinum group metal, so its melting point is closer to platinum, making it possible it might have survived. You would have to ask the firefighters more about the internal temperature of the fires to know if you should be digging around in the ashes & rubble to try & find it. And, I would ask them, based on their fire expertise, how things burn/would the items of metal that don’t burn dink into the Earth or rest in the rubble, perhaps it would assist you in your recovery efforts.”

After a period of silence, Eve received a telling picture in the mail:

The ring survived! It had oxidized ‘beautifully’ in the fire, but the grateful owners cleaned the exterior of the ring to return it to its former luster…the inside, however, was purposefully left with a telltale patina of oxidization on the inside. In a final note from the California couple, a message of hope was shared:

“Dear Diane & Eve,
Just a quick follow up. Finding the ring on our own has given us such high hopes of pulling through this loss. It is more about memories attached to the items than the physical being…

…What a pleasure to have had you in our journey.”

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Ringing in Super Bowl XLIX


Regardless of whether your team ultimately emerged as the victors or the losers in this year’s Super Bowl, it is still always easy to root for the team of diamonds, gold, and then more diamonds. I’m talking about this year’s eagerly-anticipated Super Bowl ring, which will undoubtedly be emerging in the near future in an array of Patriots-themed colors and designs. But if you simply cannot abide the anticipation of awaiting this ring’s announcement, why not click over to this amazing ‘listicle’ compiled by Buzzfeed, giving you a nice, close-up look at “Every Single Super Bowl Ring Ever?”


As this glittering compendum so brilliantly showscases, some trends in ring design seem to flow in a similar vein: many take pride in flaunting the number of Super Bowls won by the team question through massive, central diamonds. Some rings use marquise-cut diamonds shaped suspiciously like footballs, while some inventive creators have even replicated the shape of the Lombardi trophy out of diamonds and other precious devices. Though metals have varied, the amount of diamonds (seemingly the Super Bowl stone of choice) has only grown. While we eagerly await the unveiling of the newest ring for 2015, now is the perfect time to click away and find out what your favorite ring is for your favorite team…or maybe even that of a rival! Don’t worry, we won’t tell.




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A Sapphire of a Different Color

A very happy birthday to you, September babies! It also promises to be a very happy anniversary for those of you reaching your 5th and 45th years in marriage, as sapphires are the traditional gifting stone of choice for these years, as well as being September’s birthstone.

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“True Balance” by Eve J. Alfillé

Of the corundum family, these incredibly hard little gemstones come in every color under the rainbow…EXCEPT for red. Once a sapphire becomes red, it is then officially classified as another famous stone: a ruby! The difference is in the color saturation: anything too pale pink must be classified as a pink sapphire, though some rubies can be a pinkish-red. The spectrum of ruby even plunges so deep as a dark burgundy, yet anything less red than this must be denied the  title of “ruby.” This, however, leaves an entire spectrum of colors yet to span, and thusly, a great variety for sapphires to utilize!

‘Pink sapphires, you say?” Why, yes! Any non-blue sapphires, like the delicate violet and lemon hues found in this beautiful Eve ring, “True Balance,”  are known as a fancy sapphires. Fancy sapphires are just as sapphire as their “true blue” counterparts, only they introduce a whole new spectrum of colors caused by small amounts of rogue trace elements in the corundum, such as iron, titanium, and chromium.

For striking and precious qualities such as their incredible durability and color, sapphires have also earned a place right in the middle of history. These stones have been seen in pop culture as recently as the 12royal-engagement-ring-kate-middleton-princess-diana karat sapphire gracing the finger of the new Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton. The same ring also previously graced the royal finger of Princess Diana.

To learn more about sapphires, stay tuned! We here at the Eve Alfillé Gallery & Studio intend to celebrate this special stone all throughout the month of September in several enlightening installments.

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A Very Lucky Young Woman

Custom Diamond Engagement Ring by Eve AlfilleA very lucky bride to be is about to receive this stunning, custom-made ‘Arches’ ring designed by Eve J. Alfillé.

Eve has just completed a lovely diamond engagement ring in 18 karat Blond gold (that she invented with a warmer white hue).  We are pleased now to be able to share the pictures of it with you as it is so beautiful.  Eve worked very closely with a nice young man who wished to have an engagement ring created as a surprise.

This ring features a nearly 1 3/4 carat cushion-cut center diamond.  The diamond is set in a halo around the center accented by 40 small diamonds on the four sides of the ring’s split shank. (Weighing over half a carat)   Eve added milgrained edges in the blond gold wherever the diamonds are set, a charming detail. If you look closely, you can see that Eve has added open arches all around the base of the center diamond’s setting, and more carved scrollwork above the arches.

“It was designed for an imaginary 15th century princess. I wanted to capture the feeling of a beautiful girl walking in her enclosed garden at dusk, thinking about her coming wedding, and that is why I formed these arches like in a Medieval cloister.  Its a peaceful place where you can meditate, with fountains and roses blooming.  To imitate the splashing of fountains, the beautiful central diamond is surrounded with a halo of diamonds, and the diamonds are also found below, not only in the graceful arched band, but also at the top of the tier with the arched ‘walk’. I wanted this to be a little monument, something exquisite to carry with you and celebrate the wonderful thing that occurs when two people meet, who were destined to be together.”  – Eve Alfille, Designer

How can the lucky young woman say anything but “YES!!”?

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Jazz Age in France

From the Jazz Age Series by Eve J Alfille
From the Jazz Age Series by Eve J Alfille

A fascinating and optimistic time in history when music, art, architecture and society took on a transformation of unconventional ideas while maintaining a sense of elegance. We’re drawn to the breathtaking time of excitement and hopefulness wanting to explore for ourselves these wonderful delicacies.
Music was electric and captivated our senses. Everyone knew of Gershwin, Cole Porter and Maurice Ravel. But it was French entertainers like Ada “Bricktop” Smith and the great Josephine Baker who performed nightly to Paris audiences.  When Jazz arrived, it was overwhelmingly accepted by the Parisians. It allowed people like Josephine Baker to become a star.
Inspirational developments included Art Deco design and architecture. The Art Deco aesthetic was wonderfully sleek and streamlined with symmetrical and geometric designs. It’s character was seen in everything from furniture, fashion to jewelry.
As a society, the sense of excitement came from freedoms of individuality such as hand holding, free flowing dresses and beautiful jewelry. It gave permission to define who you want to be.

Watch a wonderful video of France in the 1920’s.