I’m embarrassed at how long it’s been since my last instalment here! The thing is, there never seem to be enough hours in the day or days in the week. I spend every spare moment creating jewelry – as the saying goes, “makers gonna make”. It really is addictive, and there are always many projects and designs in the making.
This past summer’s festival season was incredible, including two biggies in Toronto – the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in early July, then the Cabbagetown Art & Crafts show in early September. Such fun, great sales and wonderful feedback! I’m going to be in Montreal next weekend at the Westmount Artisans show at Victoria Hall, 4626, Sherbrooke O. Westmount. Hours are 10:30 – 5, both Nov. 12 and 13. If you’re in the neighbourhood, come and say hi!
In the meantime, here are some photos of new pieces:
Here I am again – two days in a row! This, despite the Xmas/holiday rush! It’s definitely a busy month in the jewelry biz, and I’m enjoying making lots of fun additions for my shop, as well as taking my usual custom orders. Takes a bit of juggling, which I quite like. Perfect for those of us with short attention spans! We get to flit from one activity or project to the next and back again. Here are a few things I completed today:
AAA rose-cut aqua chalcedony in sterling
Peruvian blue opal & sterling earrings
Yellow rose-cut diamond in 14K gold
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….
A few days ago, I thought something had gone wrong on the Etsy site because the number of “favorites” my shop and pieces in my shop were getting all of a sudden was going crazy. I finally figured out that a treasury one of my rings had been included in had made it to Etsy’s front page. Thousands of views and nearly 800 favorites later (my typical number of favorites in a day is more like 10-40), the ring in question had sold and the rest was history. Views and favorites continue to be high, which is great, and I wait in anticipation of my next front page! It was so exciting!!! Here’s the famous ring – an aqua blue, rose-cut square chalcedony from wonderful Fabbydabby Stones in Norway. It’s headed to L.A. Bon voyage!
It’s finally gotten cold in Toronto – cold enough that we actually turned on the furnace yesterday. I guess it’s the cold that’s got me thinking about nesting, being cozy and the upcoming party season. I realize people have all sorts of parties to attend and host, but also that their individual party style varies hugely. With that in mind, I’m setting out to stock my Etsy shop with a nice variety of jewelry picks – something to suit most party personalities out there.
Here are a few examples of what I’ve created so far. First is a very simple, minimalist black faceted onyx ring in sterling silver. I love its simplicity, but the faceted onyx is also somewhat retro, recalling the ’20s and art deco.
Next, I did a really pretty pale green faceted sapphire and sterling ring, which is quite dainty, clean and modern. This little freeform sapphire is at once organic because of its freeform, flowing shape, and also a little formal due to the geometric, rose cut facets. The stone is the palest of greens with a touch of blue on one side. I gave the silver a satin finish – really clean and modern.
The third party ring I made is truly a “cocktail” or “statement” ring. It’s fun, big, colorful and is the life of the party – or for someone who likes to make a splash every day. The amazing stone is a botryoidal (bubble shaped) agate with a brilliant iridescent coating, which gives it its peacock coloring. Because of how spectacular this stone is, I gave it a very simple bezel setting and a sturdy but simple double half-round sterling band. So now I want to know: which one are you???
Here’s a gorgeous blue agate druzy I’ve had for some time now. It’s been eyeing me recently, so today was the day! I set it in a fine silver/sterling bezel on a half-round sterling shank and gave the silver a satin finish – a favorite of mine. I love the contrast between the muted finish on the silver and the deep blue, sparkles of the stone. These druzies are so incredible and lots of fun to create pieces with. They definitely make for great cocktail rings, but I think I’d wear them a little more often than that. What do you think?