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.
He comes over to your table with a glass of champagne. The tall, amber flute is fizzing with vitality, with meaning. It matches the ballroom’s décor, gilded in rose gold and lit with intention. Inside, the black dots of suits and dresses become a blur—the same people every time, just with different faces. But then there he was, in the corner of the bar, the same jaded look, and you caught his eye. His face was the only one that resolves, his movements were the only ones to discern from the blur, and the bartender handed him two flutes.
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.
Purple has been the color of royalty for millennia. Originally distilled from trace amounts of dye found in oysters, clothes, and jewelry with that color was reserved for the Roman Senate, for kings and queens, for the drivers of the world. Here, we present our crown jewels: Purpleheart wood inlaid into a broad crown of white gold, studded with diamonds. This is a ring for true royalty, regal in its amaranthine streaks, and illustrious in its sheen.