We were two days from civilization, hiking north through the narrow and rocky Kern Canyon, arrow-straight and carved from the powerful, churning river that roared beside us. We couldn’t see above the walls of the canyon, but if we could, we’d see the skyline jagged and torn by the rough-hewn Sierra peaks cradling the remains of the winter’s snow in their cirques. We set our packs down beside the river to rest, and before us, sitting on the bank, was a tree in the shape of an English oak but leafless and steel. There was grain, roots and branches, but if it was alive, it would remain so forever, protected from the human hand. A heart of wood, but bark of steel.
The thinness of the wood inlay creates a sleek, streamlined look. It’s subtle in comparison to her engagement ring, allows the diamonds of the latter to appear larger and brighter. It goes with nearly every wood and nearly every style of ring, feels at home in every wedding. It’s comfortable on the beach at sunset, in a springtime field, in the ballroom during cocktail hour. An all-around fine choice for a woman who values simple design, straightforward appeal.
The dark, thin streak of Koa brings the white gold to life. In the intimately-lit speakeasy where the reception is held, this ring draws the eye from across the room. Stacking perfectly with any of our redwoods, whether white gold or platinum setting, this ring outshines its environs. In the ballroom after the ceremony, at the bar, it glows like a heavenly beacon, and in the sun it gathers all the light it can and reflects it outwards, multiplied.
You won’t find the rare pink topaz sitting in your backyard. We found this one deep in a eucalyptus forest, where the sunlight filtered through the needles to illuminate little dandelion tufts drifting on the breeze. Where the ambient sound wasn’t cars or busses or people, but squirrels ferrying nuts down the trunks in the late fall air. And there, sitting on a rock, the glistening pink topaz ring, complete with its eucalyptus wood inlay, and resting beside it, your siren.