All The Brilliants

Meet the Cabochon

Anyone want to guess November's jewelry theme?

It begins with a “C”

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Our ancient ancestors developed this around 3,000 BC...



Anyone want to guess November's jewelry theme?

It begins with a “C”

Eight letters “_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _” .

Our ancient ancestors developed this around 3,000 BC...




The wonders of the ancient world inspire @LorenNicoleJewelry's designs. She employs the same techniques that were used in antiquity, so it is no surprise this 3,000 BC "wonder” called cabochon is present in these necklaces and bracelet.
Beyond the luscious diversity of color POW set off with high karat yellow gold, I am "charmed" by how the mix-and-match textures of carved cabochon forms reflect light next to dome cabochons whose inclusions dynamically dazzle with light.

Katherina Kraus


@KatharinaKraus_Jewellery’swork is an investigation of natural light reflections in gemstones... which is exactly what the cabochon cut enhances! Katharina updates traditional gemstones shapes with her hand-carved forms inspired by the architectural angles of cityscapes.
Her fan earrings with domed cabochon pink tourmaline and hand carved cabochon grey agate softly dance and play with light when worn.
All materials sustainably and ethically sourced and Katharina uses traditional tools to reveal each stone’s original beauty.

Kristin Hanson Cabochon


The cabochon cut is not limited to delicious “gumdrop” shapes, as @KristinHanson’s hand-carved "Hanging Bulb" earrings wonderfully demonstrate! Her honey citrine earrings are hand carved and drip with color because of the way the stone was cut.


One of the more rare cuts of cabochon is the sugarloaf. It is cone-like in shape with a rounded top and edges. In this case, it has four polished sides in which we can stare deep into the amethyst awesomeness!
These jewels are special for other reasons: they are designed by a woman and inspired by a woman! @MargheritaBurgener's handmade amethyst and vivid green tsavorite ring and ear clips are a tribute to the unique style icon, Wallis Simpson. What is not to love about all of this rare beauty?

Katherine Parr Cabochon


@KatherineParrJewelry’s multicolored cabochon jewels are made of ethically and sustainably sourced lapis lazuli, turquoise, tourmaline and agate. While these cabochon cut stones are semi-precious, they are PRECIOUS in another way - they are creating positive change in the world.

This necklace is among her “Unity and Diversity” collection, which is locally sourced and handcrafted by artisans in Afghanistan in collaboration with the NGO @TurquoiseMountain. Turquoise Mountain is regenerating the old city of Kabul and spurring the sustainable development of the Afghan artisan sector.

Dubini Cabochon


The phrase "Modern Classic" could not be more accurate when it comes to describing cabochon and the epic jewelry of @Dubini_Official!

Benedetta interprets our shared ancient histories into new ways of celebrating them through her feminine aesthetic! This not only applies to the coins she uses from Greek, Persian and Roman civilizations (and beyond), but also her use of traditional Roman jewelry making techniques. With her "Empress Cross Earrings" you might have also noticed her dynamic twist on a certain 3,000 BC way of carving stones - her cabochon "bullets" in rhodolite garnet, alongside the domed peridot and citrine cabochons!

As a self-professed history geek, Benedetta's thoughtful pieces always move me.


The cabochon cut is an ancient technique of shaping and polishing stones. It is a perfect compliment to @LucaJouel’s jewels, inspired by ancient and old world patterns - be it Greek, Celtic, Mayan and Native American. Tereena's tourmaline cabochon ring is a beautiful synthesis of this!

Her jewels are also infused with a reverence for the natural world - from an aesthetic design sense and literally! All her materials are legitimately responsibly sourced and have been awarded the @PositiveLuxury #ButterflyMark.

Positive Luxury Butterfly Mark
Original Eve Cabochon


@OriginalEves’s Jungle Opal earrings have me smitten for so many reasons - least not because they feature two ways cabochon can be cut. The rich blue and green tourmalines have been shaped and polished as domes. The ethically sourced Australian opals with the super unique ribbon pattern have a "flat" dome and are cut in a way that achieves the best diffraction of light. Cabochon is why those awesome color bands really POP!

You may also have noticed the elegant cut-out leaf pattern on the back of the earrings, inspired by sunlight coming through leaves in the Brazilian jungle. Eve's design ethos celebrates our connection to the natural world and she makes every effort to preserve our natural landscape by using recycled metal and gemstones from sustainable, ethical sources with traceable origins wherever possible.

Zaffiro Cabochon


Among the many reasons I love @ZaffiroJewelry is how Elizabeth and Jack’s designs are beautifully steeped in techniques developed by ancient artisans!

Granulation, a technique from 2500 BC, which fuses tiny gold shares onto a gold surface is one reason. The other is our favorite 3,000 BC technique of shaping and polishing stones: cabochon!

This one-of-a-kind necklace from Zaffiro’s Classic Collection features a juicy bluish green Peruvian opal.

While cabochon is a cut that enhances the play-of-color that precious opal is known for, you can see the equally lovely effect is has on common opal, though it lacks play-of-color.

Kindly email Melissa with interest in these jewels!