calla lily ring

February 19th, 2018

Hand-carved calla lily ring with Montana sapphire, 14K rose gold

Calla Lily ring in 14K rose gold with a really cool blue-green Montana Sapphire. Annoyingly, my photo light box made this stone look really boring. Here is a video of it outside in the shade where it looks awesome and lively. The stone did, however, change color dramatically depending upon the lighting: sometimes more greenish/aqua, and other times more smoky blue. More pics after the click! Read the rest of this entry »

tucson gem show 2018

February 8th, 2018

Another year’s gem show is in the bag. I managed to break out of my usual AGTA/GJX “rut” and see some new venues. I spent close to three solid days on my feet from open to close, running on manic fumes the entire time, dismissing lunch (that’s for amateurs!), and sustaining myself with furtive bites of Lara bars. By the end of each day I would be a glazy-eyed dehydrated spazz. YAY! Man, I love this show.

The above lovelies are from a Holidome vendor. That is a vast and confusing venue with 5-ish ginormous football field-sized tents filled to overstuffed with largely gem beads and costume jewelry, though there were some good loose stone vendors for sure. I’ll make a post of what I DID actually buy soon. (Spoiler: I got one of those emeralds!)

Natural color Japanese Akoya pearl strands. I typically ignore Akoyas because I find the classic white “Mikimoto” style pearls a bit of a yawn, but these silvery blue-ish baroque guys were totally my speed. Please someone, give me a reason to call this guy up and order one of these strands!

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snake cocktail ring with different stones

January 30th, 2018

Hand-carved snake cocktail ring with a smoky black opal and OEC diamond, 14K gold

It has been really fun to see how this ring transforms with each new and totally different stone I make it with. I’ve been lucky enough to get to try it with the original boulder opal of course, this glossy and awesome smoky semi-black Lightning Ridge opal, an insanely gorgeous carnelian that looked like jelly candy, and a gorgeous white opal with a flash of turquoise running through it. I love the different vibes each stone lends this ring. I’m ready to make more!

Hand-carved snake cocktail ring with Carnelian and OEC diamond, 14K gold

This is the nicest carnelian I’ve ever seen; it is all natural color and actually the original stone was larger and I had it cut down to fit this setting. The diamonds in this and the smoky black opal above are both antique Old European Cut diamonds.

Hand-carved snake cocktail ring with opal and paraiba tourmaline, 14K gold

Pairing a bright green-blue paraiba tourmaline with this opal was a brilliant idea. It looked so good against the yellow gold and really brought the blue and green flashes out of the opal.

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tanzanite and poppy solitaire

January 25th, 2018

Hand-carved Tanzanite solitaire with poppy motif, 18K

Giant oval Tanzanite set in an 18K white gold bezel solitaire carved with poppies! I gave this solitaire a nice prominent height, and carved poppies all the way around the bezel. I’m always up for carving my favorite flower, and this ring turned out so nicely.

Hand-carved Tanzanite solitaire with poppy motif, 18K

Hand-carved Tanzanite solitaire with poppy motif, 18K

Tanzanite is a cool stone: it shows slightly different body colors depending upon the type of light you view it in; sometimes more purplish violet, sometimes more blue. When it comes out of the ground, it shows three distinct body colors depending upon the axis from which you view it: blue, purple, and a reddish brown. The rough crystals are then heated to remove the reddish/brown color and you are left with a blue/purple stone that is what you typically see in jewelry.

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ATTN: Custom Design Clients!

January 8th, 2018

Custom-carved jewelry


I’m headed *very* soon to the Tucson Gem Show, where I will have the opportunity to purchase special and unusual stones for custom pieces. I have a number of you on my to-shop-for list, but I feel like I am forgetting someone! Please check in with me if you have not corresponded with me very recently regarding shopping @ the gem show for your piece.

If you are a new client and are interested in having a piece made using something unusual (unique rose-cut diamonds, colored stones, pearl, etc.), now is a really good time to get things cooking. I do have a lot of contacts for many of the stones I use, but nothing beats me being able to see everything at once in person and pick individual stones out of thousands.

Contact me at my email address: and we’ll talk!

octopus pearl pendant

December 4th, 2017

Custom carved 18K Octopus Tahitian Pearl Pendant

This pearl is about the side of the top of my thumb—it is giant! And Tahitian, and with a really nice peacock-y iridescence. I carved this little octopus guy for it and it just turned out so cool! 18K yellow gold.

Custom carved 18K Octopus Tahitian Pearl Pendant

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roses and ginkgos and bees!

November 20th, 2017

Custom carved rose-ginkgo-honeybee pendant in 14K gold

This was a custom pendant + earring set carved with roses, ginkgo leaves, and little bees here and there. 14K white gold. I am so sorry my photos were funky on this one; I think this is why it took me so long to post. These guys turned out so nicely; I wish I had a better shot of the honeybees. I thought I did a pretty good job on them, if I may be so bold 🙂

Hand-carved rose ginkgo bee pendant + earrings, 14K

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pair of ridged bands

November 19th, 2017

Hand-carved ridged bands, platinum

Just a simple and lovely set of brushed-finish ridged wedding bands in platinum. 3mm and 8mm I believe they were. More photos after the click: Read the rest of this entry »

hattaras point wedding bands

November 16th, 2017

Hattaras Point wedding bands, custom carveed

These wedding rings were really interesting and fun rings to carve. The groom was from Hatteras Island, NC and wanted his ring to have the types of waves seen off Hatteras Point carved around his band. There seems to be something of a convergence zone with two currents coming together and so the waves often come up into little splashing peaks. A photographer named Daniel Pullen has a series of photos of these waves in his “Cape Point” section.

For the bride’s ring, we did a more of a swirling stream with leaves floating along. Both rings are 14K gold.

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scattered ginkgo & diamonds

November 15th, 2017

Custom carved ginkgo leaves and pear diamond ring

This was a ring using the center diamond from my client’s maternal grandmother, and the side stones came from her paternal grandmother. I’ve never made this ring using anything but a round center stone, but the pear shape seemed like it would work all right so we went for it.

And I love how it turned out. The shape really is perfect in this ring. I really love to put together a ring with antique or sentimental family stones; it’s fun to muse about where the stones might have come from, all they might have seen, and having them together in a new piece is a nice reminder of the women from whom they came.

Custom carved ginkgo leaves and pear diamond ring

And of course ginkgo leaves are one of the best design motifs ever—interesting biological history + aesthetically pleasing = a perfect combination.

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