Archive for November, 2013

art nouveau carved solitaire with peachy sapphire

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

14K rose gold carved padparadscha sapphire

Art nouveau/arabesque motif hand-carved solitaire in 14K rose gold with awesome 7mm peachy-colored sapphire (padparadscha). Even though the carving style is not as three-dimensional as some of my designs, it was just as hard (harder?) to carve in that I needed to keep the between-design areas nice and smooth, with no bumps or divots. I think the effect is really cool!

14K rose gold carved padparadscha sapphire

And the uber-rosy warmth of the whole piece is amazing! I’ve had many more orders this year than ever for rose and peachy colored gold. More pics after the jump: (more…)

holiday vacation info

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Jenny & the Cat Club ornaments

As usual, I’ll be taking a couple of weeks off from mid-December (or thereabouts) to early January. I’ll be shipping up until then for packages to arrive by christmas, but I’ll be needing all orders in by this week! (I.e., by Nov. 15th.) Otherwise, I’ll be back up and running in early January 2014!

[Jenny & the Cat Club ornaments in paper mache. We make new ornaments for the tree every year (as we had never done a tree before having a kid) and these were last year’s batch. ps: if you have a five-ish year old child, I highly recommend the ‘Jenny & the Cat Club’ books; sweet stories, great illustrations.]

the peony ring

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

18K Carved Peony Ring

I had been contemplating carving a peony ring for a long time. But I had all these reservations, like how to make it NOT look like a rose, how to make it awesome without making it just honking huge and heavy, how to deal with all those freaking pokey petals. Finally a client asked for a peony ring and kicked me into gear.

18K Carved Peony Ring

The idea was a solitaire-style cocktail ring, but with an elaborately carved three-dimensional peony bloom as the focal point rather than a diamond or other stone.

18K Carved Peony Ring

18K Carved Peony Ring

18K peony ring & platinum diamond solitaire

I like the way it looks paired with another solitaire!!

Many, many more photos after the click! (more…)