Are you looking for jewelry inspired directly by nature? You don't have to look any further than Galatea at Diamonds 'n Dunes Jewelers on the Outer Banks in Kitty Hawk. With innovative designs such as the Diamond in a Pearl, the DavinChi Cut, Illusia Collection, and his newest collection the Momento Pearl, Galatea encourages nature and technology to influence its designers. By taking already gorgeous elements such as pearls, diamonds, and gold and exploring new possibilities and combinations, Galatea has fostered an environment of creativity and growth. Their designs honor the natural world all around us and help to create the unique jewelry that Galatea has become world-famous for.
Chi Galatea Huynh, intriguing designer for Galatea, began his jewelry career at a young age when he started apprenticing to his father – a master jeweler in their home country. Huynh took this honor quite seriously, performing tasks like cleaning, sweeping, and creating many rings only to be told to melt them down and try again because they weren't round enough. Gradually, Chi became a respected and talented designer in his own rite and created Galatea as a way to develop his adoration of nature and jewelry.
DIAMOND IN A PEARL: The most well known Galatea design is the Diamond in a Pearl. It is not just a unique creation by creative designer Chi Galatea Huynh – the Diamond in a Pearl also makes the perfect metaphor for love. A pearl is made when foreign object like a grain of sand is swallowed by an oyster. The oyster creates a coat of nacre – the substance pearls are made of – around the object to alleviate the discomfort felt by having a foreign object inside it. During this healing process of layered nacre, a gorgeous pearl is created.
Similarly, in love there are often tough times. It takes determination and nurturing to get through those troubling times. When you face these rough times together, the bonds of love are strengthened and something beautiful and unique is reinforced. The diamond represents the grain of sand and the pearl evokes a delicate sense of courage and healing.
With such a strong correlation to love, the diamond in a pearl and the jewelry in this collection make a wonderful gift for a special woman in your life. If you tell her why you bought it for her, we're sure you'll score many points as well for being so sensitive and sentimental.
DAVINCHI CUT: Leonardo Da Vinci once wrote, “Be a mirror, absorb everything around you and still remain the same.” This was the inspiration behind the DavinChi™ Cut, Galatea’s patented gemstone that is designed to absorb colors, light or images into the gem from its surroundings. This magical illusion makes the gem change colors when viewed from different angles and different points of view. There is a wonderful depth of field within the gem that gives it a sense of liveliness. When it is worn, it seems to constantly change its color and texture.
The DavinChi™ Cut is truly like no other gemstone in the world. Galatea: Jewelry by Artist founder Chi Huynh created its revolutionary design in tandem with optical engineers at California Polytechnic State University. Its design was awarded both U.S. and international patent in 2007.
Another patented and amazing product from Galatea. Illusia features a slightly concave, highly polished setting that is filled with -- what could it be? -- the luminous reflection of an unseen lab-created opal set out of sight and just beneath the center diamond. The diamond shimmers from the top, the opal is unseen beneath--and yet its reflection fills the setting with soft, brilliant diffused color! Each piece from the Illusia Collection comes complete with an amazing and similarly patented Illusia Box that shows the jewelry shimmering like a mirage from a window at the top. Simply amazing. Simply Galatea
MOMENTO PEARL: Traditional lockets can hold a loved one's picture. But a Momento Pearl™ can hold their voice. Though it looks like a traditional piece of pearl jewelry, every pendant, earring or ring from the Momento Pearl Collection is embedded with an NFC (near field communication) chip that remains unseen to the naked eye. Using our Galatea app, a voice message can be recorded and played back whenever the pearl touches the enabled NFC mobile phone and other NFC devises. Images, videos and more can also be uploaded and saved for posterity.
Imagine being able to record and play any of the following: The words "I love you," echoing into eternity Your wedding vows Happy birthday greetings Your favorite passages from the Bible Your children laughter
It is an incredible blend of traditional jewelry and technology, brought to you in dramatically beautiful jewelry only from Galatea.
Galatea is incredibly selective about its authorized retailers, so we at Diamonds 'n Dunes Jewelers on the Outer Banks in Kitty Hawk, NC are very pleased to be named an authorized Galatea retailer. We invite you in to look at our Galatea selection today!
Diamonds ’n Dunes
3708 N. Croatan Hwy Milepost 4 3/4, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 (252) 255-0001