Archive for the ‘New work’ Category

orchid ring

Tuesday, 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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morning glory band III

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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: (more…)

double twisted snakes solitaire

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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! (more…)

snake cocktail ring with different stones

Tuesday, 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

Thursday, 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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octopus pearl pendant

Monday, 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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