Monday, March 26, 2012

Rolex and the 2012 DEEP SEA CHALLENGE

In 1960, an experimental Rolex Deep Sea Special watch was strapped to the hull of the Trieste and emerged in perfect functioning order after withstanding the immense pressure that exists 7 miles below the surface

In March 2012, The DEEP SEA CHALLENGER Submarine, manned by director and National Geographic explorer James Cameron, took a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Sea-Dweller prototype diving watch strapped to it's manipulator arm to a depth of nearly 11,000 meters (36,089 ft.) to the ocean floor, renewing the engineering challenge that Rolex took 52 years ago. To achieve water resistance under these conditions, the watch case has a diameter of 51.4 mm (2.02 inches) and a thickness of 28.5 mm (1.12 inches) the domed synthetic sapphire crystal is 14.3 mm (.56 inches)

One of the DEEP SEA SPECIAL Rolex watches Jacques Piccard attached to the Trieste in 1960 to set the world depth record.

Josh Bonifas and subsea explorer Dr. Phil Nuytten at the Fourtane commemorative celebration of the 1960 Deep Dive

Fourtane is extremely proud to once again celebrate a monumental achievement as Rolex continues it's legacy in pioneering the deep sea trench in a ground breaking exploration not seen in over half a century

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Aquamarine is the March Birthstone

For those celebrating a birthday in March, Aquamarine is the traditional birthstone.  Aquamarine is a member of the beryl mineral family and varies in color from blue-green to a pale sky blue. Unlike most other gemstones, Aquamarines are flawless. It is an abundant gem mainly sourced in Brazil.

19 carat Aquamarine, Diamond and enamel ring at Fourtane

75 carat Aquamarine, Sapphire and Red Coral custom brooch commissioned at Fourtane

The ancient Romans believed Aquamarine was sacred to Neptune, God of the sea and that they had fallen from the jewel boxes of sirens. Early sailors wore Aquamarine talismans engraved with the likeness of Neptune to protect them against dangers at sea. 

Art Deco style Aquamarine, Diamond and Sapphire drop earrings at Fourtane

The gift of Aquamarine symbolizes safety and security in long standing relationships and is ideal for an Anniversary gift

 50 carat Antique Aquamarine necklace circa 1880 in it's original box at Fourtane

                                            "A March born will always be 
                                             soothed by Aqua gem of the sea
                                       This mermaid's treasured stone you wear
                                       Will bring happiness, love, affection and care"

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

JCK Jewelers Choice Award

Fourtane is extremely proud to announce the second consecutive win in the JCK
 Jeweler’s Choice Award for in house master jeweler, Juan Da Silva.  The Jeweler’s Choice Award is a prestigious honor that is awarded by professionals within the industry across the country.  The 2011 winner for best necklace design over $10,000 was for  Juan’s unparalleled 76 carat opal necklace. This year we celebrate his second award: best ring design over $10,000 for an incredible platinum, sapphire and diamond bow ring.  This ring was commissioned by a long time Fourtane client who gave Juan complete creative license to hand render the first place winner for 2012 Best Ring Design. 

Fourtane welcomes clients to discover the endless possibilities in custom jewelry.  

Whimsical bows with curling platinum and diamond ribbons seamlessly embrace the center stones in this elegant ring. It's presence is bold and feminine with sumptuous movement. Hand rendered in platinum by Juan Da Silva at Fourtane Estate Jeweler Carmel by the Sea, California
Sapphire: 6.40 ct. t.w. Oval Diamonds: 2.40 ct. t.w. 108 Diamonds 1.33 ct. t.w.