Busy pre-holiday times

Earrings, Gemstones, Jewelry, Jewelry making, Rings

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:

chalcedony ring in sterling

AAA rose-cut aqua chalcedony in sterling

Peruvian blue opals

Peruvian blue opal & sterling earrings

Yellow diamond ring in 14K yellow gold

Yellow rose-cut diamond in 14K gold

 

Mixing it up with mixed metals

Earrings, Jewelry, Jewelry making, Rings

Every so often, where my jewelry’s concerned, I feel like doing something completely different. Going off on a tangent. Breaking loose. Yesterday, I did just that, and decided to mix it up a little with mixing of metals. I started with a brass and sterling pendant project that I riveted instead of soldered for a change. I sawed, hammered, drilled, sanded, hammered some more and polished, then hung the finished product on a delicate sterling cable choker – a current favorite of mine.

Then, I decided to pull out some tiny bits of 14k gold I’ve been saving. First, I soldered a gold bezel cup onto a square sterling silver ring I hand-forged and finished. Then I set a luscious 4mm deep violet amethyst into it. Looks very simple and clean, which I like. A little bit regal at the same time!

Finally, I set two 4mm faceted peridots – a wonderful bright mid-green – points facing out in sterling bezels for a pair of out of the ordinary post earrings. I love the slightly off-kilter look of them. It was a day of awkward jewelry-making with a sprained finger – thanks to my bolting dogs….but that’s another story!