I really like the use of an older technique using affordable metals. Here, Astley Clarke takes agate slices and sets them inventively to offer a kind of see through/stained glass look. The liken it to the enamelling technique plique-a-jour, where enamel is fired to be translucent allowing light to pass through, rather than put into a backed setting. Though this is a different means, the look is somewhat similar.
Astley Clarke explains, “This Prismic stacking ring features slices of emerald-cut blue agate gemstones set in 18 carat yellow gold plated sterling silver. We have inverted the concept of plique-a-jour in a truly pioneering way, allowing light to pass through the gemstones and enhance their natural colour.”
While the technique is somewhat wasted given that light is not going to pass through these agates while the ring is worn (because, you know, your finger will get in the way), it’s still a very pretty piece, currently on sale for USD$95 from its original $225 price.