Eve J. Alfille Gallery and Studio

Ringing in Super Bowl XLIX

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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?”

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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.

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“Jazz Age” Eve J Alfille’s New Jewelry Series

"Jazz Age" New Jewelry Series
“Jazz Age” New Jewelry Series

Welcome to Eve J Alfille Gallery & Studio’s new jewelry series, “Jazz Age”. Take a moment to explore the thoughts, inspirations and creations of the Artist’s Statement.

In French schools, the recent past is not taught: too fresh to be history, it may revive controversy. So my high school classes learned all about Versailles and the Baroque style, but nothing about Art Deco, or jazz. Though ‘The Jazz Age’ usually denotes a period in the late 1920’s, its great innovations in style extended long past the 1929 crash. The elegance of Art Deco, coupled with its practicality and relative simplicity, “suggesting better times”, still speaks to us today.

As a child, what had impressed me was the wild romanticism of Art Nouveau, the Paris Metro entrances, the soaring street lights with their sweeping curves. On the other hand, I had nothing but contempt for my parents’ 1940’s furniture, with their restrained, stylized curves, the symmetry and repetition of the little corner motifs, chevrons carved and inlaid in contrasting wood. A frisson ran down my spine recently when, in a 2012 auction catalog I spied those exact armchairs, an Art Deco exemplar, quoted for an extremely handsome sum! How I wish I

"Jazz Age" Featured Earrings and Necklace
“Jazz Age” Featured Earrings and Necklace

had them now!

We revere the elegance of this style: ever modern, it can be treated sumptuously with rare materials, like the inlaid Jean Dunand screen I almost bought in Switzerland in 1981, when we spent a couple of years in Geneva, and my mother-in-law’s diamond brooch. But it had also formed a background of our growing years in its more humble interpretations, the facades of the movie theaters in our small towns, the old Philco radios with the pleated wood cases, the streamline toasters of our early years.

I love the functionality, the stylishness: Art Deco is above all a way of seeing, it looks at the pure geometry of everyday objects, the sun, fountains, ocean liners, the pyramids, and translates them into flat decorative motifs that are at once restrained and joyous! For me, what inspired my current Jazz Age series is the particular duality of the style: how it makes room for both movement and repose, exuberance and severity, inspiration from current times and times past. What other decorative style can throw together speedy trains and ancient pyramids, maybe both in the same piece?

"Jazz Age" pendant
“Jazz Age” pendant

In this series, I have to remind myself to proceed past restraint: it’s permitted to be joyous, even with nothing but the black, white and gray diamonds and pearls! And no problem letting rubies in, just remember to color within the lines! So we will work from both ends, the pastels of moonstones, Ceylon sapphires and opals, and the glorious reds, oranges and yellows of jades, citrines, topaz and rubies. I design, hearing the jazz of Coltrane and Davis, the coolness and the splendor alternating. White gold and palladium for coolness, blush gold for delicacy, all are playing a role in my new Jazz Age series.