Yael Designs Pioneers Groundbreaking New Fine Jewelry Technique

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Award-winning fine jewelry house Yael Designs pioneers a groundbreaking technology that allows a gemstone to be set inside another gemstone.

Yael Designs Sentience bangle combines gemstones in a groundbreaking jewelry innovation

Yael Designs Sentience bangle combines gemstones in a groundbreaking jewelry innovation

This new technique is one small step for Yael Designs and a giant leap for the jewelry industry.

Award-winning fine jewelry house Yael Designs pioneers a groundbreaking technology that allows a gemstone to be set inside another gemstone.

Yael Designs premiered the never before seen technique in a one-of-a-kind $119,000 “Sentience” bangle that features a 7-carat deep blue tanzanite set inside a 26-carat aquamarine. This is the first time a gemstone has ever been set inside another gemstone in a way where the two appear entirely seamless and translucent. The Sentience bangle represents a bold innovation in an art form that is centuries old.

As the first piece in a collection that will launch in 2016, the bangle was designed by the
founder of Yael Designs Yehouda Saketkhou and crafted with the help of legendary gem cutter Glenn Lehrer. Together, they used a gem cut that allows a hole to be carved in the middle of a gemstone, a technique known as the TorusRing Cut, which was developed earlier by Lehrer. With Saketkhou’s vision, they took the technique to the next level by combining two gemstones in a way where the way they are held together is invisible.

“When Yehouda approached me with his audacious vision of an invisibly set stone-within-stone piece, I was intrigued by the challenge,” said Lehrer from his studio in California. “It was like jumping from a Prius into a Ferrari. Yehouda’s vision stretched me to think outside the box of what was possible.”

Even though the gemstones are held together by tiny platinum wires, the unique cut creates a mirror effect, making the setting completely invisible. In the Sentience bangle, the cut allows the deep blue color of the pear-shaped tanzanite to shine through the cushion cut aquamarine. The bangle is set in 18kt white gold with diamonds and moonstones.

“To paraphrase Neil Armstrong, this technique is one small step for Yael Designs and a giant leap for the jewelry industry,” said Saketkhou from Yael Designs’ headquarters in San Francisco. “Our city prides itself on innovation and I’m extremely excited to bring something novel to the jewelry industry that is steeped in centuries of tradition.”

Yael Designs will launch a collection of gemstone-within-gemstone jewelry at the annual JCK Luxury Show in Las Vegas in June 2016.

About Yael Designs

Yael Designs is an award-winning design house widely recognized for bold, opulent fine jewelry. Founded by designer Yehouda Saketkhou in 2001, our collections and custom pieces are inspired by art from around the world – from Turkish carpets to pre-Colombian gold statuettes to Gaudi’s playful architecture in Barcelona. Our innovative vision has led our company to win numerous AGTA Spectrum Awards and JCK Jewelers Choice Awards as well as receive wide recognition among top publications and on the red carpet. Yael Designs is headquartered in San Francisco and available in stores throughout the country. More information can be found on http://www.yaeldesigns.com.

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