photoshoot images

April 11th, 2018

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orchid ring

April 10th, 2018

Hand-carved orchid ring in rose gold

I finally got to make an orchid ring! I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Here I carved a sprig of phalaenopsis across the top, 14K rose gold.

Hand-carved orchid ring in rose gold

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photo shoot!!

March 21st, 2018

I was invited to participate in a photoshoot! I’ve never done one before, so all the action was super interesting for me. The videos were shot & assembled by Glitch Films.

The behind-the-scenes video is also really cool:

I’m even in it! I feel he captured my natural flailiness quite well.

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morning glory band III

March 7th, 2018

Hand-carved morning glory ring, rose gold

Hand-carved morning glory tapered band, this time a little wider than before at around 12mm width up top. It is cast into 14K rose gold and set with little purplish-pink diamond accents.

Hand-carved morning glory ring, rose gold

I love how this ring turned out.

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tentacled earrings

March 2nd, 2018

Hand-carved tentacle earrings with crazy huge baroque Tahitian pearls

A pair of 18K white gold tentacled drop earrings holding a pair of insane Tahitian baroque pearls. More pics below: Read the rest of this entry »

double twisted snakes solitaire

March 1st, 2018

Hand-carved snake solitaire with sapphire

Hooray for more snake rings! This was a fun one: two snakes in white gold flanking a center Montana cabochon sapphire. The stone was clear with a pale lavender tinge and a flash of orange across it; very unique. Two very small 1mm diamonds are set in the eyes of the snakes. I think I need to start making larger snakes because 1mm is not my flush-setting comfort zone…

Hand-carved snake solitaire with sapphire

I carved in scale texture for one of the snake’s bodies and left the other smooth for contrast.

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lilac ring

February 28th, 2018

Hand-carved lilac ring with purple sapphire and pale green diamonds, 14K rose gold

Lilacs in rose gold! The center stone is a lovely heart-shaped lilac sapphire, and the smaller guys are little light green diamonds.

Hand-carved lilac ring with purple sapphire and pale green diamonds, 14K rose gold

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mermaid ring II

February 27th, 2018

Hand-carved mermaid ring in 14K gold + diamonds

Mermaid ring revisited! This time the ring is a bit more organic and free-form in styling. She’s also in my Etsy shop as a customizable piece: choose your metal + stones & I’ll make you one in your size.

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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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