One of my customers sent me a note recently letting me know she saw my ring on an online Chinese marketplace, so I did an image search, and sure enough, there it was! On several sites! (Many of which I’d never even heard of.) In fact, eBay alone had over 20 different listings for my ring.
Of course, I did what any outraged artist would do when she discovers that not only did someone blatantly rip off her design and go big with it, but they were also using all my own photos of my custom ring to sell it: I ordered one.
Hi all!! Gemfix.com (an awesome gem cutter) is having a design contest for pieces using their stones and I entered my Calla Lily ring, which features an .88ct Montana Sapphire. Please go vote (for me!!)!
Go HERE for the gallery of pieces in the contest. You get one vote only.
Unfortunately, my photo does not do justice to this stone; in order to get a decent pic of the metal without too much reflection, the stone can suffer. However, I did get a kick-ass video of the stone outside in my garden; it’s well worth checking out how vibrantly different the stone looks compared to my studio lightbox..
Yet another Tucson gem show in the bag. I got a bunch of things. Some I needed for current projects, some I needed only to make my monkey brain happy.
The above is some giant beautiful emerald rough. It wasn’t for sale, but rather just for show (it would then be cut into the finished stones that were for sale).
There was also a lot of this! This is a large proto-cow. (Aurochs maybe?) I thought he had a nice expression on his face. He may have been a she though, and she might actually have been really pissed when she died. But her fossilized skull looks quite chipper. Funny how that works.
Hi all! Just a quick note that I can still ship ready-to-wear pieces by Tuesday, Dec. 20th and have them arrive in time for Christmas. Pics above are pieces I have on hand and can ship immediately. Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for pricing, OR visit my Etsy page, as many of them are listed here with lots of photos.
I have a handful of studio sample pieces I’ve decided to sell (the rings above, mostly), which will be 20% off. I’ll list them separately below after the click. All are ready-to-wear and can be shipped immediately. Continue reading →
Some years ago, I found myself holed up in an estuary in El Salvador for several months. While I was there, I met a woman who had a collection of textiles from Central America. She had a Guatemalan huipil that was embroidered with birds and I thought it was about the coolest thing I had ever seen. I’ve been pining after this textile for years. My mom spends a lot of time in Mexico and was on her way to Oaxaca to visit some friends. While she was there, she found an importer of used textiles, and digging through them, she found my bird huipil!
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.
Hello all! As per usual, I plan to finish up all orders for a safe by-Christmas shipment around the 15th December. In order for me to have enough time to complete your rings, I’ll need to have any incoming orders finalized in the next week. I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off around Christmas to the new year, and then I’ll be back up and running.
I nearly forgot to get this posted, as it feels like Christmas is AGES away still, but yesterday afternoon I was in the local Fred Meyer grocery store, and not only did they have twinkling Christmas tree displays with spangly ornaments for sale, they had a whole section devoted to impulse buy stocking stuffers. It was a little horrifying. I noticed egg nog went on the shelves easily two weeks ago too. Didn’t that stuff never come out until mere days before Thanksgiving? I can tell I’m going to be an excellent old person, ranting about how things used to be in ye olde times.
Ooh la la! I really need to shake my photography paradigm up a bit; I love the way the photographer staged the photo with the heart-shaped leaf.
So yeah! I got an email from a couple I made some rings for and their friend put together a wedding spread for the magazine Weddings Unveiled and she put my rings in it! I’m in the current (Winter 2013) issue, pages 90-93. I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t bother to credit the brilliant genius who made the rings (cough cough) but I suppose it’s made up for by the fact that that the rings are at least in a tasteful, nay, downright awesome spread.
You can see the full set of photos from the shoot here. Pretty gorgeous; I rather love the raw edges of the wedding dress.