Archive for the ‘pearls’ Category

giant tentacled baroque pearl solitaire

Thursday, February 20th, 2020
One-of-a-kind hand-carved Tentacled Baroque Pearl Solitaire, 18K

This amazing blue-ivory giant baroque Tahitian pearl deserved something pretty spectacular. I sat on it for about a year before finally designing & carving this twisting tentacled craziness for it.

One-of-a-kind hand-carved Tentacled Baroque Pearl Solitaire, 18K

I believe it worked out quite well! 18K and Tahitian pearl. This was a one-of-a-kind piece, now residing happily in the UK!

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intense green pearl solitaire

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
Hand-carved Tahitian green pearl ring in platinum

Gorgeous intense perfect green Tahitian pearl! Set in my favorite pearl mounting in platinum.

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seahorse + cortez mabe ring

Monday, February 4th, 2019
18K Custom hand-carved seahorses ring with mabe Cortez Pearl & ruby

This ring was such a joy to carve! This ring began as a design doodle that I never got around to really bringing to reality. Then I had thee perfect opportunity when a client brought me this gorgeous mabe pearl from the Sea of Cortez, and a juicy ruby to boot. And, she said, she would like to design something with seahorses! It was a perfect set-up for this ring and I think it turned out magnificently.

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swirled, crepe-y carved pearl drop pendant

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

This pendant was inspired in part by Fujikasa Satoko’s sculpture. She makes these blindingly gorgeous flowing sculptures reminiscent of billowing silk, crepe-y poppy leaves, Loie Fuller’s dress dance..

The pearl is super smooth Tahitian with a cool greenish-pistachio color and lots of rainbow-y overtones. More images after the click:

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silver-blue akoyas

Saturday, January 26th, 2019
Silver-blue baroque akoya strand, 32", 22K hand-carved snake clasp

I pretty much flipped out when I first spotted these gorgeous baroque silvery-blue akoyas at the gem show. I’ve only ever seen akoyas that were perfectly round, very prim, very Mikimoto-style. These are not those.

Silver-blue baroque akoya strand, 32", 22K hand-carved snake clasp


I have a particular fondness for blue-tinged pearls in particular too. I knotted these on silk into a 32″ strand with 22K carved snake S-clasp. I like the contrast of these icy akoyas with the super warm 22K.

This one is available for sale, by the way 🙂 More pics after the click:

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giant pink pearls + snake clasp

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Giant Pink Pearl Choker w/hand-carved snake clasp

Hello, Delicious!

Giant Pink Pearl Choker w/hand-carved snake clasp

Amazing giant Chinese freshwater pearls in myriad shades of ivory and pink. Knotted on silk with a gold carved snake S-hook.

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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. **

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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

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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!!

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