the peony ring

18K Carved Peony Ring

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.

18K Carved Peony Ring

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.

18K Carved Peony Ring

18K Carved Peony Ring

18K peony ring & platinum diamond solitaire

I like the way it looks paired with another solitaire!!

Many, many more photos after the click!

This ring was super hard to photograph because it was so three-dimensional and very different from all angles. I took about a million photos and then couldn’t choose which to post.

18K Carved Peony Ring

Over the past couple of years, I’ve planted a few peonies around my house; peonies do wonderfully in Portland. Most of the blooms have a handful of wide jaggedy petals surrounding a poofy cluster of feathery inside petals. I went with this style for the ring. One one side of the bloom is a peony bud starting to open and on the other side is a three-pronged peony leaf.

18K Carved Peony Ring

18K Carved Peony Ring

One of my peonies is a deep purplish red color and it smells (I swear!) like chocolate mint!

18K Carved Peony Ring

18K Carved Peony Ring

18K Carved Peony Ring

18K Carved Peony Ring

18K Carved Peony Ring

The underside!

Peony ring sketch

The original design sketch.

wax carving peony ring

And a couple of wax images. I feel like the contours photograph a little better in the wax rather than the shiny metal.

wax carving peony ring

6 Responses to “the peony ring”

  1. Cecelia says:

    Marvelous! I want all of your rings.

  2. Peg Bowden says:

    This is one amazing ring. I haven’t checked out your blog and creations in awhile. Your vision of botanicals and rings just keeps getting more refined and exquisite. —yo Mama

  3. Susie says:

    I’m the proud owner of this ring and I absolutely, positively love it. What’s wonderful is that the ring doesn’t scream “Look at ME!”…but it is noticed by everyone when worn. (Even my brother noticed it right away and commented how beautiful it is.) Cheyenne’s artistry is unsurpassed.

  4. Jackie Vasquez says:

    Absolutely stunning in detail and richness. Looks so luxurious.

  5. Maureen says:

    I have the pond lily ring with diamonds and I pine over all Cheyenne’s carved rings. The peony ring is totally stunning; another totally unique and utterly gorgeous piece. What is the pricing?

  6. Jessica says:

    This ring is beautiful. I recently got engaged and am looking for the perfect wedding ring. This may be it. What is the pricing on this ring? Thank you!

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