April 11th, 2014
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.
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.
It’s a hard call. I really like the matte, but I also like the shiny. I like it ALL.
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April 9th, 2014
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.
March 17th, 2014
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..
Yes! Like that.
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February 4th, 2014
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.
It’s about 8mm wide and made from 18K gold.
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January 29th, 2014
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.
January 28th, 2014
Sometimes people I’ve made rings for send me photos from their wedding. I love seeing these!
January 27th, 2014
This is a new wider version of my rose bramble band. It’s 12mm wide and 18K yellow gold. A fantastic weighty chunk of rose clusters, leaflets and thorny vines. I’m pretty damned happy with how this one turned out.
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November 13th, 2013
Art nouveau/arabesque motif hand-carved solitaire in 14K rose gold with awesome 7mm peachy-colored sapphire (padparadscha). Even though the carving style is not as three-dimensional as some of my designs, it was just as hard (harder?) to carve in that I needed to keep the between-design areas nice and smooth, with no bumps or divots. I think the effect is really cool!
And the uber-rosy warmth of the whole piece is amazing! I’ve had many more orders this year than ever for rose and peachy colored gold. More pics after the jump: Read the rest of this entry »
November 12th, 2013
As usual, I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off from mid-December (or thereabouts) to early January. I’ll be shipping up until then for packages to arrive by christmas, but I’ll be needing all orders in by this week! (I.e., by Nov. 15th.) Otherwise, I’ll be back up and running in early January 2014!
[Jenny & the Cat Club ornaments in paper mache. We make new ornaments for the tree every year (as we had never done a tree before having a kid) and these were last year's batch. ps: if you have a five-ish year old child, I highly recommend the 'Jenny & the Cat Club' books; sweet stories, great illustrations.]
November 6th, 2013
I had been contemplating carving a peony ring for a long time. But I had all these reservations, like how to make it NOT look like a rose, how to make it awesome without making it just honking huge and heavy, how to deal with all those freaking pokey petals. Finally a client asked for a peony ring and kicked me into gear.
The idea was a solitaire-style cocktail ring, but with an elaborately carved three-dimensional peony bloom as the focal point rather than a diamond or other stone.
I like the way it looks paired with another solitaire!!
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