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:

 

 

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!