sphinx cat pendant

November 29th, 2022
Custom designed Sphinx Cat pendant with Australian Opal and diamonds, 18K and 14K gold.

Cats actually are quite hard for me to carve, for some reason. I decided to give this Sphinx cat a go because they are so interesting looking and I thought all the wrinkles would be fun. I also was experimenting with the two-tone, 18K yellow gold & 14K white gold, something I don’t do very often. The clasp has an Australian opal and the clasp loop has a pair of little diamonds as well.

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songbirds & forget-me-nots ring

November 27th, 2022
Custom designed Songbirds and Forget-me-not Ring in 18K gold with diamond & citrines

Songbirds & Forget-me-nots! I tried to keep a lighter and lacy feel to a ring that was actually quite large and I think it worked out really nicely. Birds are fun to carve. 18K, diamonds & citrines.

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fantastic tourmaline insect

November 18th, 2022

I made a sketch a while back that I knew I had to create, and then I spent much of last year’s Tucson Gem Show on the hunt for thee perfect stone for it. I think I found it in this fantastic bluish green elongated tourmaline.

Hand-carved Fantastic Jeweled Insect pendant with elongated bluish-green tourmaline and diamond in 18K yellow gold

5.79ct tourmaline, and .12ct diamond. 18K yellow gold.

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wide oak leaves+acorns band

November 16th, 2022
Custom designed & Hand-carved Wide Oak Leaves & Acorns Band in 19K rose gold

This is a custom Oak Leaves & Acorns band I carved with just a little larger of a scale than I normally do. The ring is 9mm wide, and the larger format gave me a lot of room for detail. This was cast into 19K rose gold.

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spider ring!

November 15th, 2022
Custom designed, hand carved Spider Ring in 18K yellow gold, cabohon pear emerald and Australian opal

It’s about time I made a spider ring! And happily, it was the perfect piece to use this wonderful cabochon emerald I got at last year’s gem shows. This guy is 18K yellow gold, and also has a bezel-set Australian opal. Looks like a glowing water droplet.

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cicada #2 pendant

October 7th, 2022
Hand-carved jeweled cicada with tourmaline and diamond, 18K

We had First Cicada, yes, but what about Second Cicada?

This version was inspired by the spread-wing cicada and amazingly, my client had extremely similarly shaped stones. The pink and raspberry colored stones are tourmalines, and the rest are diamonds she also had lying around, as one does. 18K yellow gold.

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tanoak wedding bands

October 6th, 2022
Custom hand-carved wedding bands with Tanoak/Chanterelle/California Poppy motifs, 14K palladium white gold

Pair of wedding bands with a primary Tanoak motif, plus additions of chanterelle mushrooms on the wider band, California poppies on the narrower band. Both in 14K palladium white gold. Many more photos below:

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art nouveau opal ring

September 16th, 2022
Hand-carved art nouveau Opal and 18K gold epic ring

THIS INSANE OPAL RING!!!! This was an intense ring to carve and set and oh so very worth it!! 18K + Australian opals and diamonds. Please click through for more photos of different angles…

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‘E’ initial pendant

September 14th, 2022
Custom hand-carved 'E' initial pendant with roses, 18K gold

Hand-carved initial pendant carved with a blooming rose bramble vine. 18K.

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breaking wave solitaire

September 13th, 2022
Hand-carved Hokusai-inspired Great Wave solitaire with blue-green tourmaline, 14K yellow gold

Hokusai’s Wave-inspired solitaire, set with a wonderful sea-green Tourmaline. I gave the ring a satin/brushed finish for the most part, but with some brighter bits at the wave crest, etc.

Hand-carved Hokusai-inspired Great Wave solitaire with blue-green tourmaline, 14K yellow gold

Colored stones are often cut with deep bulbous pavilions, and while I prefer the tidy look of a bezel setting, sometimes I hate to enclose so much of the stone. However, carving a little opening in the side of the setting creates a little window to view the pavilion, and also lets additional light enter the stone for a brighter overall effect up top.

I continued the carved design around the gallery view and side window: one side has the lower wave/water, and this side I carved some clouds scudding across the sky.

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