Archive for 2019

intaglio signet-style ring

Monday, June 17th, 2019
Hand-carved chickadee & apple blossom signet-style ring in 18K gold

Custom designed & hand-carved signet-style ring in 18K. Chickadee & apple blossoms motif, brushed finish & bright carved-out areas. This one is quite different than most rings I make and so was a very interesting one to try. Super happy with the result!

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asclepius + caduceus solitaire

Thursday, May 30th, 2019
Custom hand-carved Rod of Asclepius & Caduceus & Oak & Acorn insignia Solitaire with Montana Sapphire, 14K

This is a ring I made for a Navy doctor stationed abroad. The design is a Rod of Asclepius on one side, a Caduceus on the other side, and on the bottom, an intaglio-carved oak leaf & acorn, the Navy Medical Corps insignia.

Custom hand-carved Rod of Asclepius & Caduceus & Oak & Acorn insignia Solitaire with Montana Sapphire, 14K

This leaf & acorn might be my favorite part of the ring!

Custom hand-carved Rod of Asclepius & Caduceus & Oak & Acorn insignia Solitaire with Montana Sapphire, 14K

Okay.. maybe it’s the stone. It’s an untreated Montana Sapphire that is a lovely teal blue in the outside light, but a cool green in indoor lighting. The cut is a unique angular cushion that I really liked.

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nautilus shell earrings

Friday, May 17th, 2019
18K hand-carved nautilus shell earrings with diamond and coral

These were sent to me by a client as coral drops solidly affixed to a prong diamond & hooks, no articulation. They were nice looking, as these coral pieces were just lovely, but had the unfortunate tendency to push themselves up off of her ears.

So, we redesigned them to articulate & reset the diamonds in little custom-carved nautilus-inspired shells.

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seahorse clasp

Thursday, April 25th, 2019
18K custom hand-carved Seahorse Clasp

This little cuteness is a hook-style clasp carved like a seahorse. 18K.

(And those baroque Tahitian pearls, by the way, are up for grabs 🙂 A recent acquisition from the Tucson Gem show.

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amethyst pendant

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
Custom designed & carved Amethyst pendant: 14K apple blossoms & songbird

This was a stone sent to me by the client: she wanted it removed from the current setting (a very simple and clunky prong situation) and have it remade into a new little something-something. It’s hard to judge scale from the photo, but the stone is about 1 inch in diameter—HUGE!

Custom designed & carved Amethyst pendant: 14K apple blossoms & songbird

The new something: a custom designed Apple Blossoms & Songbird pendant in 14K gold. It turned out so nicely!!

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emerald cabochon solitaire

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
18K custom hand-carved Rococo Emerald & diamond Solitaire

This emerald was like a lovely drop of green jelly candy sitting on my bench. It was glowing and I felt like I could just eat it! But I didn’t, because I’m an adult.

18K custom hand-carved Rococo Emerald & diamond Solitaire

I always say this, but man, it’s so hard to get BOTH a good photo of the metal and of the stone. One looks good or the other looks good, but never both. In this case, the emerald showed up a lot darker than it was in real life. But the gold part sure photographed nicely.

18K yellow gold, emerald cab of about 3 carats, and two bright little diamonds. Rococo styling based off of my Pearl solitaire.

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rococo shell + waves solitaire

Friday, March 22nd, 2019
Hand-carved custom seashell & waves solitaire, 14K gold and diamond

This ring turned out so nicely! It is done with a Rococo style in mind: seashell & swirling gold waves and a nice D-G/VS diamond in the center. Very mermaidy!

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ginkgo wedding bands

Monday, March 18th, 2019
18K hand-carved ginkgo wedding bands

One of my very favorite sets of rings: ginkgo wedding band paired with a wide intaglio-style carved ginkgo band. 18K.

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it was sunny for two days in Portland

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Does that mean that it’s now spring? The plum trees around here think so.

Some springy images from last year’s photoshoot. More info & pretty pics after the click:

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bumblebee charm pendant

Monday, March 11th, 2019
Hand-carved Bumblebee pendant for Appalachian Trail NOBO through-hiker

This was a commission from a husband to his wife who was about to complete the full northbound Appalachian Trail hike. That’s 2190.9 miles, ya’ll! I was super impressed. I’d love to do an epic hike like this someday.

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