June 11th, 2016
One of my first rings I carved ever (oh so long ago) was a mermaid ring with two mermaids up each side, very art nouveau (in fact, I think I used a photo of an old art nouveau lamp as inspiration for one of my girls). It turned out kind of great, even though the anatomy was a little, well, off, let’s just say, and the stone I chose, while sentimental, wasn’t exactly a show-stopper. I still have that ring. Why I didn’t carve figures for so long, I don’t know why, because while very challenging, tiny figures in gold are just so damned cool!
This new one is in 18K with a little 5 point blue diamond; she’s around 8mm wide. Now I’ve got three more rings in the works with tiny figures on them and I cannot wait. There’s no stopping now!
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May 16th, 2016
Of course there would be more snake rings. This one is a garter snake curled up in wheat grass, in 14K rose gold. I love it.
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March 12th, 2016
These are a pair of bands I carved for some friends. They call each other “Spatzle” (“sparrow” in German, possibly in dialect), so I carved a pair of sparrows sitting on a branch. And because the dogwoods were fully in bloom when I made these, and blooming dogwoods are about the best, I added a single flower across from the birds. 14K white gold.
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February 10th, 2016
Back in 2012, I made a set of mistletoe-themed wedding rings for a couple in The Netherlands. A few months ago, they asked me to make a mistletoe collar-style necklace to match. It is in 14K white gold.
I had never made anything quite like this before, either such a large carved and cast piece, or indeed very many necklaces at all. I had no idea how to calculate accurately how much gold I would need, nor was I sure even how much time it would actually take to carve; it was all more than a little experimental. But, as you can see, things went extremely well, and the finished piece turned out quite awesome.
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February 8th, 2016
Establishing Tucson shot: it was a warm dry day in the desert metropolis. The policeman directing traffic between the AGTA and GJX shows laughed at me when he realized I was taking a photo of a cactus. I think saguaro cacti are just so damned cool though. The ones in the city are in downright pristine shape too, very photogenic; I guess the critters aren’t as likely to choose the bustling city to build their homes, so the urban saguaro has few holes or gnawed-off portions. Probably gets watered more regularly too.
This is not the first large vat of multi-colored sapphires I ran across at the show. In previous years the vendors were kind of sketched by me taking photos of their merchandise, but now they are quite game. I guess they know it’ll just end up on some instagram or blog somewhere. Speaking of which, I had no fewer than 10 people ask me what my instagram account address was. Guess I need to get on that.
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January 21st, 2016
This was a delicate little branch wedding band made to snug up against my Scattered Ginkgo & Diamonds Ring. Because the recipient was not intending to solder the two rings together (thus keeping them perfectly lined up always), I made sure that the band would work when it was not lined up in its spot. It has a breezier, lacier look when unaligned, and looks to be a part of the original ring when fit together.
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January 15th, 2016
Snakes on a pearl! And I’m not done with the snakes yet… This little guy is shown here in 18K yellow gold with an awesome humongous silvery South Sea semi-baroque pearl drop. The coiled snake pendant pearl cup will be offered in the Etsy shop, and I have a bunch of cool baroques and semi-baroques to choose from.
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January 13th, 2016
This is definitely one of the more unique pieces I’ve made recently, combining unusual design motifs (two alligators holding a center stone in their mouths + lettering) with multiple stones. The client specifically was after a rough-hewn medieval look.
As it turns out, I’m not super good at rough-hewn (too much of a perfectionist) in that I can’t bring myself to leave hammer marks in from stone setting, or make my carvings look primitive, or whatever it is I felt might make a piece look very old. What I could do was fake it a little by arranging more prominent carve marks here and there, and the choice of 18K royal yellow gold was perfect, especially with a little patina here and there to make details more prominent. I absolutely love how this ring finished out. My alligators turned out rad!
The diamond and the two belly rubies were old family stones with sentimental value, and we added a new third ruby to sit above the diamond.
The back of the ring had the Latin “FIDEM” inscribed in.
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January 6th, 2016
Delicate eternity band in 18K rose gold (which has such a lovely peachy hue to it). I have it set with a handful of little colored diamonds ranging from champagne to golden yellow, yellowish orange, reddish brown. The entire band is warm and wonderful.
The band is a classic 18K white gold band, which has a slightly warmer hue than the 14K white alloy. (A couple more photos after the link… Read the rest of this entry »
January 5th, 2016
I don’t do earrings very often and I don’t know why not. Possibly because I rarely wear them myself these days, which is amusing since I have something like seven closed-up ear piercings from back in the day. At any rate, I was excited at the chance to create a pair of ear studs using a pair of gorgeous rose-cut black diamonds encircled by a handful of carved leaves. The metal is 18K yellow gold, which I think is the perfect choice to combine with a glittery jet-black diamond. Pretty pretty!!