It’s with great shame that I must admit it’s been over six months since my last post. But I really do have excuses! I’ve been ultra busy with my move a year ago back to my home village in Quebec and renovating the farmhouse where I now live. I’m happy to say, though, that I have been busy at my jewelry throughout it all and have set up a really lovely studio in an upstairs bedroom for now. Also went to NYC in June to take a fantastic course at the Jewelry Arts Institute in granulation. You know, like the ancient Etruscans were big on. It was incredible and I learnt a lot.
Here, meanwhile, is a sampling of some of my recent pieces, which continue to end up in my Etsy shop (lechiennoirjewelry.etsy.com), as well as at Studio Georgeville, here in the village.
Flashy Ethiopian Welo opal ring
Sterling fan post earrings
White blue opal post earrings
Leaf imprint band
Sonoran sunset ring
OK, this time, I really am back, after many upheavals and life changes. I’m thrilled to have relocated back to the beautiful countryside of the Eastern Townships in Quebec. It took me a while to pack/unpack, get sorted out, and set up my studio, which now lives in my beautiful, peaceful farmhouse, surrounded by very green fields, blooming lilacs and cows.
I’ve been mostly creating and selling lots of sterling rings with interesting stones, with a few types of earrings thrown in. Here’s an assortment of recent pieces…
Ocean jasper ring
Crazy lace agate ring
I must apologize for the long silence! It’s been a bit of a whirlwind here in my studio – and life. Things are nice and busy, which is the way I like them! Have been creating as much as possible, while I have the chance, during what seemed like weeks of rainy weather. Here are a few recent additions:
I’ve just spent the past few days in Georgeville, Quebec, visiting with family, eating, knitting, reading and walking in the woods. It’s the last of the fall leaves and still relatively balmy weather. So nice!!! I came across some nice quartz rocks and thought it would be interesting to show these shimmery stones along with a piece of one I made into a ring with sterling this summer. I love the roughness of the stone along with its subtle shimmer. Here they are:
One of the very coolest things about having an online shop and presence is that people from around the world can wander into your shop as if they were in the same place. It truly makes for a small world….In the past week, for instance, I’ve mailed pieces off to different spots in California, Oregon, Massachusets and Australia. I love finding out where my customers are from!
Here is the faceted garnet ring I finished today, plus a lovely deep pink nugget of spinel I made into a ring as well.
Today, I built this sterling ring around a gorgeous oval faceted peridot – one of my favorite stones. So brilliant and cheerful! I’m pleased to say I was able to use many of the great techniques and tips I picked up at my first class in gem setting last weekend. I was dying to try them and boy, did they ever work well! After fabricating a stepped bezel on top of a half-round sterling shank, I set this lovely peridot hammering directly onto the top of the bezel. I’ve done this before, but always hammered an implement applied against the filed edge of the bezel. This time, I just used a small, lightweight goldsmith’s hammer to lightly hammer the bezel directly. Works really well – so exciting! I have a garnet version on the go, so stay tuned. Here’s today’s final result:
Today, I finished a sterling ring with an absolutely stunning vintage jade gemstone. It’s rectangular, faceted and feels very art deco to me. I set it in a simple bezel on a half-round sterling shank and gave it a somewhat scratchy, roughed-up finish, which I like in contrast to the smooth, milky jade.
I also made a pair of sterling drop earrings with some pretty, faceted aquamarine rondelles – my March birthstone. Can’t seem to escape the Pisces influence these days!
Really enjoying the photography aspect of my jewelry shop. It’s led me to invest in a great macro lens and a newer Canon Rebel – newer than my old original. I really love what the macro lens can do and the two in combo are the best! Have always been a shutterbug, but mostly of people until the past few years. Macro photography is a whole other world! Equally satisfying, I’d say. I’d love to hear what others have to say about this….