Sunday, January 27, 2008

pinks and blues

So...... here's a pretty simple design using Kunzites. Diamonds encircling the relatively large, excellent samples of the pastel hued stones. And the pear shape drops being detachable so you can just wear the smaller pink studs on top if you wanted to. pretty versatile. From the grocery to a gown...
In the same picture is a necklace made of aquamarine rough; with an off-center pendant of hammered gold and diamonds. I didn't exactly create these two pieces together but they seem to go along fabulously. (I'm really not into matching pieces.)

So what exactly is "aquamarine rough"? The word "rough" is a general term used in the gem business as an uncut/unpolished specimen. Basically how you'd find the gems in the mines or in natural form. Cleaned of course. Precious stones are often found in these "rocky" looking forms and then faceted and polished into the gleaming gems that most are familiar with. However, there's just this certain ineffable appeal to rough gems.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

on display

Aum Jewels was originally conceived to bring alternative designs to more people. We do, in fact, purchase jewelry as personal adornment above all. To be beautiful. To be unique. People now have increasingly refined tastes that they overlook the fact that this very human trait to express ones self through jewelry and accessories has probably been around since man was still walking on all fours. BUT i digress.

I am only one of the designers featured in Aum. I also showcase friends who are as passionate as i am in designing equally unique and beautiful pieces. and these designers are:

Patrick Valero - a Graduate Jeweler Gemologist whose items can also be found in Amanpulo. bold silver, jade and tourmaline pieces. very oriental

Kristine Dee - a Pratt alumni, who makes all her pieces with her own hands. she has come out with several one-man-shows already, showcasing her art jewelry. very feminine style

Jul B. Dizon - who needs no introduction; is an institution locally for painstakingly designed and crafted nature pieces.

as you can see, the store has no doors. and has no corners (at least the walls). the brightest areas are the display cases. and all the jewels are treated as pieces of art. which they should be. allowed to stand out on its own. of course jewels looks different when its actually worn so, yes, all pieces can be tried on.

a favorite item is this rose/white gold earrings with diamonds, pink sapphires and rubies set all around.

and lastly a picture of my display.

looks better up close and in person ;)


What exactly is "Aum" and why did i choose the word "Aum" for my jewelry?

initially i wanted a simple, one syllable word. Unique and easy to remember. and related to both jewelry and the complete woman.

"Aum" is derived from the latin/scientific word for gold, which is "aurum". "Au" in the table of elements.

"Aum" is also the one word mantra, chanted to destroy negative elements of the mind, body and soul. therefore achieving balance. and this relates to the woman, who despite the many different roles she plays in her life, still maintains to be successful.

there's a certain warmth you feel when you pronounce the word "aum". very organic and natural. and i have noticed my designs, at least for the moment, have been evolving this way. (evolving BUT not being trapped in the design paradigm, thank god)

Below is a leaf inspired bangle with a soft organic finish. i used diamonds as sort of a "stem". i really like this piece and was one of the first items i have sold at Aum in TriNoma. The same series leaf earrings (which have also been sold) can be seen in the background.

a stark contrast to what i started out designing. masculine, architectural pieces. as seen below.

but be it organic, modern, architectural, warm, cool, etc... i still find that i always like things clean. and i guess i still have a certain look, as I'm told.

but anyway, let this first post be a preview of the new pieces, old pieces, and maybe random posts on gemological and jewelry matters. if you want anything in particular discussed, send me a message and let's see what we can do.