New gem-setting tips in action

Gemstones, Jewelry, Jewelry making, Rings, Tools

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:

 

 

Adventures in gem setting

Jewelry, Jewelry making, Rings

I started a course in gem setting this weekend. It’s intense and my head was spinning by the end of the first 6 1/2 hour class. Lots of note-taking, listening, watching the instructor set an oval faceted stone in a bezel setting and learning. I’m SO excited about it and can’t wait until the next class, when we get started on setting various stones in various types of settings. The instructor’s a very funny, very experienced diamond setter, and he has a LOT to teach us in seven short weeks. Will keep you posted….

Meanwhile, as I’ve just finished up some other work, I can get back to the fun stuff in my studio! Here are a couple of rings I’ve just made. A green freeform ocean jasper in sterling:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and a lustrous pyrite cab, also set in sterling:

 

Fall is in the air

Gemstones, Rings

As the air starts to get nippy, as it did today in Toronto, my thoughts turn to fall colors, making soup, and what kind of jewelry I want to make to suit the chilly times ahead. So I dug through my collection of stones and retrieved this gorgeous oval morrisonite cabochon I bought this summer but was waiting to use. Here you have the ring I made from it – a simple sterling bezel setting on a double half-round band. I gave the works a satin finish. I’m just loving the muted blues, greens, caramel and grey in this stone. Makes me want to go search for my winter woolies.