This was my entry into the German Award for Gemstones and Jewellery this year (2009), held annually in Idar-Oberstein.
The emphasis in this award is always on the gemstone, so it's a challenge developing a new interpretation of gemstone use.
In this piece I've formalised the concept of windowing the rough before faceting the stone. Normally on a large stone a cutter will quickly hand-polish a face onto the stone, to enable the inside clarity or inclusions to be seen, so as to know how best to proceed with the cutting.
On this river-tumbled topaz I have floated down the actual table-facet, framed by the adjoining star facets, to provide a more stylised window through which to look. The rest of the stone I've left natural, including surface defects, and set it in 18k white and yellow, with shot-set diamonds.
It took years for the right pebble to come along.
It is a delight to peer into the clear interior within the frosted skin...