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mabe pearl solitaire

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Carved leaf motif; 18K and mabe pearl solitaire

I’m so happy with how this ring turned out. This one was made using 18K white gold and showcases a 9mm mabe pearl.

Carved leaf motif; 18K and mabe pearl solitaire

As usual, I took a LOT of photos… (more…)

peacock ring all dressed up

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Peacock ring with half carat diamond, sapphires and emeralds

This ring is something of a collaboration between Kenn Kushner (a jeweler out of Syracuse, NY) and me. I tailored my peacock ring with a half carat bezel on top, made the ring in 18K white gold, then sent it to Kenn to adorn with with the sparkly stuff for his client. He set the 1/2 carat diamond in the top, then channel-set some bright little sapphires and emeralds in the feather barbs.

Needless to say, I’m totally impressed. It looks spectacular!

sneak peek

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

18K snake ring underside

Just a quick sneak peek a new piece I’m working on for me for the shop. (This is the bottom of the ring.) I am still waiting to buy the stone for it; I am thinking a ruby would be suitable. The red color with the 18K gold seems to work really well.

giant kelp ring

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Hand-carved giant kelp ring; 14K white gold

I carved this for an awesome friend of mine who is a marine biologist. She and her husband have spent a lot of time in and around the ocean (we actually met them while traveling on sailboats in Mexico) and the giant kelp forest was pretty much perfect to adapt to a ring motif. [14K white gold]

Giant kelp forest photo by Tobias Bernhard

Giant kelp forest photo by Dave Fleetham

Many more photos after the break… (more…)

leaf-motif solitaire

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

18K leaf-motif solitaire

This is a modified version of my Tahitian pearl ring made to accommodate a 6.5mm blast of glittery deliciousness! I don’t often get to work with larger stones—1/2 carat to 3/4 carat sizes are by far the most popular in my experience—so this was especially exciting to make. (18K yellow gold)

Many more images to follow…
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ginkgo solitaire

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Carved ginkgo leaf and diamond solitaire, 18K white gold

Finally: a new piece to show off! Carved tapered solitaire with scattered ginkgo leaves in 18K white gold. The stone is a 6mm family diamond sent to me by the client.

The ring is a slight departure from my usual fare in that it has a very clean, symmetrical outline, but with a very organic pattern of ginkgo leaves arranged across the top. I’m very happy with how it turned out.

I took a ton of photos of the ring; click through to see them all!

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holiday orders

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Cast silver hollow seedpod w/hammered chain

Hello everyone! Just a quick reminder that I’ll be working up until a couple of weeks before Christmas and I’ll be shipping orders until about mid-December. Please get your orders in by the first week of November if you would like them be be shipped and received by Christmas day.

Now, let’s return to fall and pumpkins and leaves turning colors. Sheesh.

tucson gem show 2011

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Cultured Sea of Cortez pearl

[Blue cultured Sea of Cortez pearl. It’s pretty amazing, not only because it is gorgeous, but because it is from the first ever cultured pearl farm in the Sea of Cortez. Previously, it had been understood that culturing the “Rainbow-lipped” oysters in the Sea was impossible. But three guys figured out how and now they have a small farm in Guaymas.]

Well, the gem show was overwhelming and hectic as usual. Two days to buy everything I think I might need for the next year is pretty nearly impossible—but I do give it my damnedest. At least I feel like I made some decent contacts.

Mostly, I bought pearls (some things do not change). The Cortez pearl above was the fanciest/rarest I’ve ever purchased. I will definitely have to visit the farm one of these days; it’s only a five-hour drive or so from my parent’s house. I’ll write more in depth about the various stones I got in a later post. For now, I’ll just post a little eye candy.

Tahitian pearls

Mmm: lovely round and semi-baroque Tahitian pearls. Gorgeous peacocky and magenta colors.

South Sea pearls

South Sea pearls from Myanmar, except for the upper right round pearl, which is a Chinese freshwater.

Chinese freshwater keshi and round pearl

I actually bought these at the last year’s show, but never got a nice photo before. Chinese freshwater rose/peach round pearl and keshi of various colors.

NV Turquoise -- all natural and unstabilized

Turquoise! I can never resist buying this stuff. These are all from Nevada I believe (maybe a couple pieces from New Mexico—will have to check) and are discovered, mined, cut, and polished by two of the nicest people. All their turquoise is non-stabilized and un-enhanced, and it is lovely stuff.

Rose-cut translucent diamonds

Rose-cut diamonds! The largest is 1.6 carats, the smallest is maybe 1/2 ct. Coolness!

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And I did not watch the Grammy’s on TV but I did peruse the blogs this morning to see what everyone wore. So far my favorite jewelry piece was the Lorraine Schwartz snake bracelet: gold and platinum with large diamond slice ‘spots’ and pave white and yellow diamonds. It looks like it has ruby eyes too. (You can get a huge blown-up version here.)

Lorraine Schwartz snake bracelet

custom order deadline!!

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Hi all – Just a quick reminder if you are interested in having a custom piece made: Please get your order in by the end of this week (November 5th) if you want me to be able to ship before Christmas. I’ll be going on vacation starting mid-December (back the end of January). Thank you!!

Also, I will have some more ready-to-wear pieces up here on the Etsy site soon… Necklaces, more cocktail rings, etc.

marlene’s necklace finished!

Friday, October 1st, 2010

18K, diamond, and opal pendant

Just a couple of shapshots of the finished necklace (18K pendant with opals and diamonds). Boy am I happy to have this finished and on its way to its owner.

18K, diamond, and opal pendant

(Not exactly an evening gown, I know.. I was in the studio! Covered in polishing grit!)