Blue orbit


Here’s a really fun ring I just finished yesterday. It’s a gorgeous, sky-blue round chalcedony cab, surrounded by a slightly off-kilter wobbly circle of sterling. Textured on top with my hammer. And the whole works is oxidized, including the textured shank. I love pieces that make me smile…




A chalcedony day

Gemstones, Jewelry, Rings

I’ve shifted from fall colored stones to the palest ones today, for some reason. Maybe it’s this incredibly sunny day! Anyway, here are two rings I’ve finished with chalcedony – one a pale pink smooth, square cabochon, the other a square aqua faceted one. Both lovely in different ways. I love rose-cut stones, like the aqua one. Which do you prefer, smooth or faceted?

The other kind of fall day

Gemstones, Jewelry, Jewelry making

Well, still definitely fall here in Toronto. But today was the grey, damp variety. Not the crisp, sunny kind we’d been having that makes you want to take the dogs for a walk and get outside. Today was more like the napping variety. I’m sorry, dogs….

Still looking through my stone stash at which gemstones are calling out to me to be made into a piece of jewelry. I worked yesterday on a setting for a round labradorite cabochon – one of my favorites – and today, when I was fitting it into its snug bezel, I broke the stone. There were no tears, but almost….Ah well, I have other nice ones in the works, and hope to have a chance to finish them tomorrow. Unless I’m too busy napping.

In the meantime, here’s a shot of some incredible mosaic in a building at Herculaneum outside Naples, Italy, that survived the Vesuvius eruption of 79 AD. How is it that this can survive and my labradorite cabochon doesn’t? Hmmmm…Something to ponder.

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.