When summer’s scorching days descend upon us, think gems as cool as ice...or in this case, as chilled as two of the best thirst-quenchers around: A slice of icy-cold watermelon and a tall, frosty glass of Arnold Palmer’s famous Half & Half, the satiating lemonade-and-iced-tea combo. Little slakes a thirst as these two do.
We’ve selected a panoply of thirst-quenching jewels—no, not for the drinking, but merely for drinking in visually—which will calm and tame a torrid brow. Transform the heat with cool tourmalines that look just like watermelon; verdant emeralds that glisten as if touched by a drop of morning dew; and carnelians that capture the rosy blush of a slice of that fruity ambrosia.
We have also gathered toasty champagne gems, lemony citrines, whiskey-toned quartz, buttery sapphires, and cognac-colored pearls. Turn down the heat and shine like a cool customer.
A red-carpet-worthy, hand-wrought necklace, the “Bouffie Pierre,” from jeweler Marina B, features cabochon rubies and diamonds, set in 18-kt. yellow gold. Price upon request. By appointment only at Marina B Salon, 212-644-1155; marinab.com
Two beauties from master jewelers Reinstein Ross: [left] “Braid” ring in 20-kt. peach gold with a carved, dusty pink sapphire, $7,600; [right] “Peacock” ring in 20-kt. peach gold with a handsomely carved watermelon sapphire, $8,600. 29 East 73rd Street (Fifth/Madison Avenues); 212-772-1901; 122 Prince Street (Greene/Wooster Streets); 212-226-4513; reinsteinross.com
Mouthwatering ruby-red studs set in platinum from Blue Nile. $1,600. bluenile.com
© 2013 Roberta Fineberg photography
From designer Aaron Basha, a vibrant pair of earrings, showcasing opulent bouquets of blossoms; the pretty petals are formed from luscious pink and green tourmalines, all set in 18-kt. white gold. Price upon request. 685 Madison Avenue (61st/62nd Streets); 212-935-1960; aaronbasha.com
A smashing 81-carat pink tourmaline is the centerpiece of this show-stopping ring from de Grisogono. Accented with 61 white diamonds, 381 emeralds, and four navette-cut rubies, it is set in 18-kt. white gold. Price upon request. 824 Madison Avenue (68th/69th Streets); 212-439-4220; degrisogono.com
From designer Yael Sonia, a glowing, beryl cabochon pendant, set in 18-kt. yellow gold, with accent diamonds. $2,900. By appointment only. 270 Lafayette (Prince/Houston Streets), Suite 810; 212-482-6488; yaelsonia.com.br
An architectural matrix of gleaming diamonds, in fancy colors—cognac, whiskey, burnt sienna, and lemony yellows, along with sparkling whites—accents this show-stopping bracelet from Cora International. Seven carats of colored diamonds are surrounded by 13 carats of round white diamonds, all set in 18-kt. white gold. $115,000. By appointment only. 590 Fifth Avenue (47th/48th Streets), 17th Floor; 877-922-6274; corainternational.com
Inspired by the colorful Indian city of Jaipur, Marco Bicego's twin rings gleam
with earthy tones: [left] “Jaipur Sunset” is hand engraved in 18-kt. yellow gold, set with a smokey quartz, surrounded by pavé diamonds. $2,840. [right] “Jaipur Sapphire” is also hand-engraved in 18-kt. yellow gold, set with a fetching sapphire, surrounded by pavé diamonds. $3,110. Marco Bicego at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue (49th/50th Streets); 877-551-7257; 212-753-4000; saksfifthavenue.com; marcobicego.com
Natural cognac-colored diamonds (21.09 carats) accent the most magnificent of pearl necklaces, awash in golden, coffee-, and brunette-toned South Sea pearls, all so rare. From designer Yvel’s “Golden Brown” collection, the pearls in the necklace range from 11 mm. to 14 mm. $65,327. 866-983-5583; yvel.com