lorna davison designs




I love yellow gems, but then I love all colors of gems.  As long as they have magic.  At 2.17 and measuring 7.9mm x 7.1mm this vibrant, highly saturated stone is eye catching.  From Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka, this ring makes a real statement from a distance.  List 7400.00


An 8mm x 11mm oval, this shape accentuates the orange pink color that can not be explained.  In 18K yellow and white gold, double squared off shank sizes on the mandrel to a 7.25.  With eight diamonds set below the stone in a crown like structure, this ring speaks elegance

as well as modern style.  Signed 18K with the Philip Zahm hallmark as well as the 

weight of the stone 3.68.  This is a very nicely made ring at 11 grams. You know you are wearing it. Smooth.

Spessartite Garnet is Ideochromatic, meaning that it is colored by a fundamental element in it's composition.

In this case it is Manganese which produces an orange color.  Take away the manganese and you no longer have 

Spessartite.  Thus spessartite basically has only one color.  ORANGE.  Finding just the right orange saturation with brilliance

is not an easy thing.  This stone speaks GEM.        6700.00 LIST


​Rubelite Red Tourmaline

A briolette trillion cut to perfection, this 2.82ct gem measures 10mm corner to corner.  A split squared off shank, luxurious 18K 

yellow, the pave diamonds are visible in all directions. With thirty two VS1 clarity, G color diamonds, total weight .34ct, this elegant ring is a statement piece, yet very

comfortable to wear.  Size 7.25 on the mandrel, a size 8 could probably wear it too.

11 grams of 18K yellow gold, hallmarked with the Philip Zahm symbol as well as 18K and the weight of the stone.

Tourmaline comes a unique array of colors.

According to ancient Egyptian legend the spectrum of colors that you find in tourmaline is due to the long journey from

the earth's heart to the surface up to the sun. Tourmaline traveled on a rainbow and collected all it's colors.  Know for thousands of years, the Dutch began importing it from Sri Lanka in the 17th century.  They called the stone "turmali" which means more colors.

More often then not, the tourmaline has many shades of color within. This makes tourmaline a unique individual, no two are alike.  So if you prize beauty and originality

a tourmaline should be in your collection

Tourmaline is the birthstone for October.

It is also highly magnetic as well as pyroelectric.  Handmade as well as handsome this ring will sure to be treasured

for generations to come.  Great jewelry

transcends time.  A bargain at 4725.00 List

call or email me to be thrilled. 

Phillip Zahm believes that every gem has a story, and that it is his job to bring the story to life with an inspired jewelry design.  Inside each gem is a hidden blueprint that dictates intelligent design. Philip is honored to search and find the perfect design for each stone.

For thirty years, Philip Zahm has traveled the globe, speaking the language, following local customs, and building relationships. His goal is to find beautiful, high quality gems.

He then designs stunning and original jewelry that enhances the beauty and color of each stone  Blending the power of nature with expert craftsmanship, each piece of Philip Zahm jewelry tells its own exciting story.  His passion and mission have remained 

steadfast through time.


This ring by designer Philip Zahm

centers on Pink Tourmaline with a very intense dark pink color.  The stone weighs 3.29 ct.  It is oval measuring 11.5mm x 9mm.  It has

.19ct total weight of gem quality

diamonds set micro pave in a split shank.  The squared off shank makes the weight right.  It is 6.75 on the mandrel, but will fit a slightly larger size due to the shape of the ring.  Hidden diamonds are set in

boxes on the side.  Smooth and Comfortable too. 11 grams of 18K

gold.  List price before gold went up

4800.00, Call or email me to discuss

details and special consideration.


Mysterious, infamous, magnificent, cursed, exciting,

the most famous diamond ever.  

As legend goes it was plucked from the eye of an idol

in India in the 17th Century by a thief that was later murdered for it.

Held by Tavernier until sold to the King of France, Louis the XV for an enormous amount of gold. Passed to King Louis XVI and Marie Antoniette, we all know that outcome.   To King George IV, who lost it to pay off tremendous debt.  To Henry Phillip Hope, it's namesake

who had no heirs.  Passed to his eldest nephew

Henry Thomas Hope who sold it pay off gambling debts.

Then to Evalyn Walsh McClean by way of Cartier who had

now fashioned it into the incredible necklace it is today.

She never took it off and the curse continued, with the death of her eldest son, in a car accident, her daughter committed suicide at 25, and her dear husband declared insane.  Sold in 1949 to Harry Winston, again to pay off debt, it was donated to the Smithsonian Institute where it is now displayed.  I personally photographed it and it appeared as a flash of light, from every angle I shot. I do believe it has magical power.

presenting  crysoberyl

By lifetime gem guru Philip Zahm.

Philip has the gift of seeing rare color.  Some rumours have it that Richard sometimes purchased from Philip. I met Philip for the first time this February in Tucson.  In previous

years I attended AGTA to see the lovely associates at Richard Krementz Gemstones and the marvelous treasures in their cases 

on the 800 row.  Always going further as I grew to understand the intricacies of the world of color and superb workmanship and design.

​2014 was a different year.  I entered the AGTA on a quest to find my favorite things.. This year, I discovered Philip Zahm.  The solid

heavy 18K, with gem weight numbered in the shank for easy identification.  Appraisers love this

as colored stones each have their own formula for estimating weight.

The variables more complex than that of the white rock.  I must admit they are good for daily wear.

Back to the subject at hand, the

crisp yellow green Crysoberyl, 3.07ct

exact, oval cut coming to us from

Sri Lanka or Ceylon in older days.

The stone smiles from with and I found it very difficult to capture the color and life in this rare gem.

Half bezel set with the white ones bead set in solid 18K white gold

this ring pleases in every way.

With .27ct in diamonds, they are quality stones, matched for color, 

cut and quality. 

Individual at 4700.00 list.

Call me for more information about this gem variety that shares it's crystal structure with Alexandrite.