snake cocktail ring with different stones

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.

More pics after the click!

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

Opals are really dynamic stones and it’s so hard to get a photo that captures all the action going on in there.

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

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

This opal was really difficult to photograph; every which way you turned it brought out flashes of different colors, but my camera managed to miss all the really good angles somehow…

14K snake cocktail ring + boulder opal & OEC diamond

And the original with a boulder opal I bought a few years back but hadn’t figured out quite what to do with it until I made this ring. The diamond again is an antique Old European Cut.

14K snake cocktail ring + Boulder opal & OEC diamond

Styled with the usual studio hoodie. This hoodie actually is on its last legs. The cuff is now held on with safety pins and it’s just a pathetic piece of material overall. However, the pockets happen to be a perfect size to fit my phone without it dropping out when I bend over. Thus, it persists as preferred studio wear.

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