Archive for 2018

antique reproduction collaboration

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Double-snake solitaire, rose cut diamond

This ring is the result of a collaboration with the lovely Shan Adams! The design is a reproduction of an antique Victorian double-snake ring, and the one pictured is the first we made using a client’s gorgeous rose-cut diamond. I carved the shank part of the ring & Shan, who specializes in Georgian-style cut-down collet settings, does the mounting.

Double-snake solitaire, rose cut diamond

We can make these custom with your choice of stone & metal; just send me an email ( and I’ll get you the details.

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cushion geometric solitaire

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

2ct Cushion custom geometric solitaire

Custom geometric solitaire carved for this fat 2+ carat cushion (7.5mm diameter roughly). Palladium 950.

2ct Cushion custom geometric solitaire

Everything went really well when making this ring: I feel like my carving turned out very precisely, the casting went perfectly, finishing went very well (I finally found some new polishing stuff that works WAY better with palladium that the compounds I was using previously—more steps, but less tedium and burned fingers!), I was a little stressed about setting such a large non-round stone, but even that went extremely smoothly. My client was a total sweetheart too!

I’d say I was just damned happy with pretty much everything about this ring! Many more pics after the click: (more…)

scattered ginkgo rings

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018

Ginkgo & Diamond ring, 18K yellow gold

18K yellow gold and diamonds!

Ginkgo & Diamond ring, 18K yellow gold

Ginkgo & Ruby ring, 18K yellow gold

For this one, we went with a gorgeous old silky Burmese Ruby and upped the size of the side diamonds by a smidge. 18K yellow here too.

Ginkgo & Ruby ring, 18K yellow gold

Ginkgo & 1/2ct Diamond ring, 14K white gold

This version is using a full 1/2 carat diamond (a little larger than the original design, which is more like 1/4ct). I adjusted the leaf shapes & sizes a little to make sure the larger stone looked right in the setting. This one is 14K white gold

Hand-carved ginkgo & emerald ring, 18K gold

Here’s one with all emeralds. I’m sorry the side emeralds photographed so dark in my photos; they were nicely matched with the center stone in actuality. 18K yellow gold again.

Hand-carved ginkgo & emerald ring, 18K gold

Vote for Gemfix design contest!

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Hand-carved calla lily ring with Montana sapphire, 14K rose gold

Hi all!! (an awesome gem cutter) is having a design contest for pieces using their stones and I entered my Calla Lily ring, which features an .88ct Montana Sapphire. Please go vote (for me!!)!

Go HERE for the gallery of pieces in the contest. You get one vote only.

Unfortunately, my photo does not do justice to this stone; in order to get a decent pic of the metal without too much reflection, the stone can suffer. However, I did get a kick-ass video of the stone outside in my garden; it’s well worth checking out how vibrantly different the stone looks compared to my studio lightbox..

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photoshoot images

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

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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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photo shoot!!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

I was invited to participate in a photoshoot! I’ve never done one before, so all the action was super interesting for me. The videos were shot & assembled by Glitch Films.

The behind-the-scenes video is also really cool:

I’m even in it! I feel he captured my natural flailiness quite well.

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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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