Archive for the ‘pearls’ Category

hand-carved gold clasp + baroque tahitians

Monday, February 24th, 2020
Baroque Tahitian pearls with hand-carved custom hook clasp, 14K gold

Hand-carved hook clasp for some colorful baroque Tahitian pearls.

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giant tentacled baroque pearl solitaire

Thursday, February 20th, 2020
One-of-a-kind hand-carved Tentacled Baroque Pearl Solitaire, 18K

This amazing blue-ivory giant baroque Tahitian pearl deserved something pretty spectacular. I sat on it for about a year before finally designing & carving this twisting tentacled craziness for it.

One-of-a-kind hand-carved Tentacled Baroque Pearl Solitaire, 18K

I believe it worked out quite well! 18K and Tahitian pearl. This was a one-of-a-kind piece, now residing happily in the UK!

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intense green pearl solitaire

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
Hand-carved Tahitian green pearl ring in platinum

Gorgeous intense perfect green Tahitian pearl! Set in my favorite pearl mounting in platinum.

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seahorse + cortez mabe ring

Monday, February 4th, 2019
18K Custom hand-carved seahorses ring with mabe Cortez Pearl & ruby

This ring was such a joy to carve! This ring began as a design doodle that I never got around to really bringing to reality. Then I had thee perfect opportunity when a client brought me this gorgeous mabe pearl from the Sea of Cortez, and a juicy ruby to boot. And, she said, she would like to design something with seahorses! It was a perfect set-up for this ring and I think it turned out magnificently.

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swirled, crepe-y carved pearl drop pendant

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

This pendant was inspired in part by Fujikasa Satoko’s sculpture. She makes these blindingly gorgeous flowing sculptures reminiscent of billowing silk, crepe-y poppy leaves, Loie Fuller’s dress dance..

The pearl is super smooth Tahitian with a cool greenish-pistachio color and lots of rainbow-y overtones. More images after the click:

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silver-blue akoyas

Saturday, January 26th, 2019
Silver-blue baroque akoya strand, 32", 22K hand-carved snake clasp

I pretty much flipped out when I first spotted these gorgeous baroque silvery-blue akoyas at the gem show. I’ve only ever seen akoyas that were perfectly round, very prim, very Mikimoto-style. These are not those.

Silver-blue baroque akoya strand, 32", 22K hand-carved snake clasp


I have a particular fondness for blue-tinged pearls in particular too. I knotted these on silk into a 32″ strand with 22K carved snake S-clasp. I like the contrast of these icy akoyas with the super warm 22K.

This one is available for sale, by the way 🙂 More pics after the click:

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new sea-tendril pearl solitaire

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
Tahitian Pearl Solitaire - 14K hand-carved sea tendril design

I re-created my Sea Tendril Pearl Solitaire design after my old mold broke down. I’ve had this design on hiatus from my shop for quite a long time, but I’m excited to bring it back and begin making these rings again. This one is set with a really lovely Tahitian black pearl that has great green and magenta overtones, and a light button-y shape.

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18K white rococo pearl solitaire

Friday, January 11th, 2019

18K white rococo pearl solitaire - south sea pearl + diamonds

Rococo Leaves Pearl Mounting in 18K white gold with a honkin awesome South Sea beauty! Two little diamonds are set in the shoulders as well

I love love love this pearl mounting and might need to make one for ME to wear. That means I have to make the decisions I force my clients to make: WHICH pearl?! A peacocky black Tahitian? I do have a fondness for those pistachio silvery green ones too.. What about going craaazy and using something pink? A giant peachy pink metallic awesomeness set in 18K yellow. YUM! But then that 18K white gold is so lovely with its antique ivory color.. I wonder how a gold pearl, set in white gold, with two tiny yellow diamonds in the shoulder would look? This is probably why I don’t wear a lot of jewelry—too many options make for too tough of a decision.

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giant pink pearls + snake clasp

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Giant Pink Pearl Choker w/hand-carved snake clasp

Hello, Delicious!

Giant Pink Pearl Choker w/hand-carved snake clasp

Amazing giant Chinese freshwater pearls in myriad shades of ivory and pink. Knotted on silk with a gold carved snake S-hook.

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pearl party!

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Tahitian and South Sea pearl drop pendants, 18K

I made a new batch of pieces for the shop in downtown Portland: these lovelies are 18K yellow gold with Tahitian pearls (the giant gunmetal drop & the pistachio drop), and 14K white gold with a lovely white South Sea baroque pearl. I want to keep each new thing that I make. It’s so hard letting go!

18K floral pearl drop pendant w-Tahitian pistachio pearl

Here is another shot of the pistachio drop. I wanted to keep it.

18K snake S-hook strand of pearls

Multi-color peachy and pink freshwater pearls! These awesome jobbers are knotted on silk and attached to a carved snake S-hook because that’s just how I roll around here. AAAHHH! Can I keep them already?!

18K snake S-hook strand of pearls

** PSA: These guys are going really fast. If you are looking for a custom pearl piece, please send me an email. I’ll be stocking up on new pearls/raw materials in early February and before I go would be a VERY good time to get your custom order requests in. **

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