Archive for the ‘snakes’ Category

epic snake cocktail ring

Monday, March 13th, 2017

14K snake cocktail ring + boulder opal & OEC diamond

More snake rings: BIGGER snake rings. This ring I carved around a sweet boulder opal I just couldn’t pass up because I thought it was like looking down upon a little tropical inlet, like maybe in the Baja perhaps, specifically around here… I got a nice little Old European cut antique diamond to accent the piece and finished it up a couple of weeks ago! LOVE how it turned out. I was hard pressed to let it go, and honestly, if it weren’t one of my favorite clients who bought it, I may have had to keep it myself.

This is, however, a new studio piece and I can customize (different stones, change up the diamond, 14K, 18K white or yellow gold, etc.) and adjust for size. It’s now listed in my Etsy shop!

14K snake cocktail ring + Boulder opal & OEC diamond

See how amazing this ring is? It makes even my ratty old studio sweatshirt look chic! (I kid.)

The other ring in this photo is my Coiled Snake Solitaire—also available in the Etsy shop.

More angles & photos after the click: (more…)

ouroboros & pacific NW wedding bands

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Hand-carved ouroboros + Pacific NW wedding bands, platinum

A hand-carved ouroboros wedding band for him, and for her, a Pacific Northwest forest band with trilliums, ferns, and one teeny little snake peeking out. Platinum 950.

Hand-carved ouroboros + Pacific NW wedding bands, platinum

She was generally less interested in having a giant snake around her finger, but they wanted a hint of continuity between the two bands, so the little snake amongst the foliage was the answer. Of course, I am always happy to carve a snake on a ring, whenever needed.

More detail shots after the click: (more…)

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. **

A LOT more photos of everything after the click: (more…)

coiled snake drop pendant + tahitian pearl

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Coiled snake pendant + Tahitian pearl 18K

More pearl drops! This time a ginormous perfect drop-shaped Tahitian black pearl with a hint of green and bronze to it. It’s held by a tiny coiled snake in 18K gold with an 18K gold chain. This pearl, the Art Nouveau snake below, and a few other pieces have actually been placed in a shop in Downtown Portland! First time for me to have my things in a shop. I’m a little nervous to see how they do, so here’s hoping it works out.

Coiled snake pendant + Tahitian pearl 18K

All sides of the snake are carved in full detail. More pics after the jump: (more…)

art nouveau snake pendant + pearl

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

art nouveau snake pendant + Cortez pearl 18K

I just finished this one and I love it! I went full-on art nouveau inspired on this one and added a rainbow pearl drop from the Sea of Cortez. This one is 18K gold, and I’ll be listing it in my shop soon. (But send me an email if you don’t yet see it and would like pricing info.)

art nouveau snake pendant + Cortez pearl 18K

The amazing thing about these pearls is the variety of color in each pearl. Generally with Tahitians, you see one dominant overtone color, like green, or magenta. With pearls from the Sea of Cortez (a completely different species of saltwater oyster—different genus, in fact), you tend to see a variety of rainbowy colors: pink, green, lavender, blue all on the same pearl. Colors change depending upon the light, the background color they are next to, etc. They tend to also have a lighter bodycolor as well. I absolutely love them.

art nouveau snake pendant + Tahitian pearl 14K

I also made a version in 14K gold with a Tahitian black pearl drop. Yum!

I’ll be offering this pendant in 14K or 18K white or yellow gold, with your choice of pearl drop. The above two are ready-to-wear as is.

art nouveau snake pendant + Tahitian pearl 14K

Me wearing the 14K/Tahitian pearl version, to give you a sense of scale. Many more pics after the click: (more…)

baroque pearl drop + snake

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

OOAK baroque Tahitian pearl w/carved 18K snake pendant

This giant baroque pearl from Tahiti was just so damned cool there was no way it wasn’t coming home with me. Because if its unique shape and overall spectacular coolness, I had to create something custom for it and only it, as it wouldn’t fit in any of my more “normal” sorts of pearl cup mountings, nor would a simple bail do it any sort of justice. Not surprisingly, I decided to go with a snake, as a means of feeding my several years’ long snake obsession, and because they are cool, but also because snakes are very forgiving motifs—you can drape and position them whichever way you please. Perfect for this blobular pearly awesomeness.

OOAK baroque Tahitian pearl w/carved 18K snake pendant

This baroque Tahitian drop measures an insane 17.5mm x 12.7mm. I really love this pearl; it has a gorgeous lustre and an incredible silvery oatmeal color. I have a particular affinity towards the lighter toned pearls—silvers and golden colors—over the more classic black Tahitians, and this one just kills me. The snake & chain are 18K gold.

This guy is for sale, by the way. Send me an email or check my Etsy shop for details. Thanks!!

Many more images after the click, ya’ll…

(more…)

snake and wheat grass

Monday, May 16th, 2016

14K rose gold carved snake & wheat ring

Of course there would be more snake rings. This one is a garter snake curled up in wheat grass, in 14K rose gold. I love it.

And more angles of the ring after the click: (more…)

coiled snake pearl drop pendant

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Coiled Snake + South Sea Pearl Pendant - 18K yellow gold

Snakes on a pearl! And I’m not done with the snakes yet… This little guy is shown here in 18K yellow gold with an awesome humongous silvery South Sea semi-baroque pearl drop. The coiled snake pendant pearl cup will be offered in the Etsy shop, and I have a bunch of cool baroques and semi-baroques to choose from.

Coiled Snake + South Sea Pearl Pendant - 18K yellow gold

More pics after the link: (more…)

entwined snake rings

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Entwined snake rings with star sapphires - 14K

I think I could carve snake rings until I was blue in the face. Here are a pair of snake wedding bands in 14K with tiny oval black star sapphires set into their mouths. I’ve never tried to set a stone on the side of a ring before, and it wasn’t all that different from normal setting, but figuring out a way to securely hold the ring solidly sideways where I could have good access for working the setting was complicated. I managed, but I have a sneaking suspicion it could have been accomplished with a bit less awkward…

Entwined snake rings with star sapphires - 14K

The original plan was to carve scales onto both snakes, but I got halfway there, and the contrast in texture just looked so nice. We decided to leave it be and I’m glad we did!

More pics after the click: (more…)

snake band #2

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

18K snake ring with diamond

Snake ring #2: Coiled snake wedding band with 2mm diamond in 18K brushed gold. I burnished the ridge of the snake’s body mirror bright, which stands out nicely against the matte finish. I did a bit of research into the structure of snake heads for this one. Did you know that each scale on a snake’s head has a name and is more or less consistent throughout all the species? Science, man.

18K snake band with diamond solitaire

It pairs nicely with a solitaire, of course, as many things are improved by the addition of a large diamond. The little dip in the snake band snugs in well with the low-profile solitaire.

More pics of course! (more…)