kelp solitaire + rose-cut diamond

September 17th, 2014

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I was terribly excited to get to make wedding rings for an old friend of mine from high school + her man. She is a diver and chose a flowy kelp motif with a peachy-hued rose-cut diamond. Fun to carve! Congratulations, Kim & Jeff!

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heart solitaire

August 26th, 2014

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18K yellow gold half-carat heart-shaped diamond ring with two 3mm sapphires on either side, a blue Montana sapphire and a fancy orange-red sapphire. This is the first time I’ve designed a ring with a heart-shaped stone. Previously, I’ll admit I never gave a thought to heart-shaped stones; my brain I guess lumped them together with all things cute and folksy and it didn’t really occur to me to ever use one. But, I have to admit, I really like the cut and this shape for a faceted stone. It was challenging and really fun to design for it.

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scattered oak leaves with diamonds + sapphires

July 2nd, 2014

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This is a re-vamp of an existing wedding solitaire with the addition of a few sapphires + smaller diamonds. I removed the diamond and reset it into a new hand-carved 18K yellow gold white oak leaf motif ring. The accompanying man’s band was a classic polished style with a discrete intaglio-style carving of two oak leaves on the inside of the band.

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finished_ring12

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art deco peacock ring

June 21st, 2014

22K art deco peacock ring w/gray diamond

Seriously epic double peacock ring in 22K gold! 6+ carat gray diamond center, .14ct antique Old European Cut diamond at the top, and four 1.5mm diamonds in the wings.

22K art deco peacock ring

We started with the stone: a gorgeous high-domed rose-cut diamond with a cool steely gray color. We went back and forth on the metal color: rose gold, 18K yellow, etc. The design was to be art deco (oh boy!), and then as the design took shape, it seemed only fitting to go all out with 22K.

22K art deco peacock ring

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kate + alan’s wedding bands

April 11th, 2014

14K carved wedding band + emerald band

The premise behind this storybook ring was four elements (earth, water, fire, air). Plus we hid tiny hearts in each scene. Because love! These are the two wedding bands together: Alan’s carved and cast into 14K white gold, and Kate’s 14K with a tiny emerald.

14K carved 4-elements wedding band

I initially did the ring shiny, which alarmed Alan a little bit as I’m guessing he was unused to wearing shiny things on his hand. So then we decided a matte finish would tone down the brightness and also maybe bring out the detail of the carving more.

14K carved 4-elements wedding band

It’s a hard call. I really like the matte, but I also like the shiny. I like it ALL.

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spring/summer schedule announcement

April 9th, 2014

Tulip brooch - sterling silver

I am going to be out of the studio from mid-June to late July. With my current workload (extremely high! Yikes!), I’m running about 5-6 weeks to deliver on orders. I think that a deadline order date of May 9th will ensure a mid-June delivery without too much insanity on my part. And of course, I’ll be back up and running by the end of July and taking orders as per usual.

Hope everyone is having a great spring so far! My plants are all coming up and it’s so bleeding exciting. My tulips multiplied underground and are awesome this year.

thorny eternity band

March 17th, 2014

hand-carved thorny eternity band - 14K + diamonds

New eternity band!! This one has an abstract thorny motif with six little 1.5mm diamonds all the way around. I think it has something of a midcentury thing going. I didn’t plan it that way, rather just sort of started carving away and the design took shape as I went. I think this would be an excellent accompaniment to my rose motif solitaires and bands..

14K + diamond thorny eternity band with blooming rose solitaire

Yes! Like that.

hand-carved thorny eternity band - 14K + diamonds

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squid ring

February 4th, 2014

18K hand-carved squid ring

Joshua and I have been together for over 20 years. Twelve years ago or so I made him a ring from silver, but it has worn so much that it is easily half the thickness it once was. He has mentioned once or twice (or possibly, ahem, more) that I should carve a squid ring.

18K hand-carved squid ring

18K hand-carved squid ring

It’s about 8mm wide and made from 18K gold.

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ring stack

January 29th, 2014

hand-carved rings in gold + diamonds

Just a pretty picture of a bunch of colorful gold rings + diamonds. 18K yellow gold, 14K rose gold, 14K palladium white gold and diamonds. The large rectangular stone is a translucent rose-cut diamond set in a modified version of my poppy band.

hand-carved rings in gold + diamonds

sarah + scott’s rings

January 28th, 2014

14K white gold rosy eternity band + hammered band

Sometimes people I’ve made rings for send me photos from their wedding. I love seeing these!

Rosy eternity band + hammered band