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Melanite Garnet and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

Melanite Garnet Stud Earrings

My lovely sister had a birthday recently, and I thought she might need a bit of understated bling – so I made her a pair of melanite garnet stud earrings.Melanite Garnet and Sterling Silver Stud EarringsLove my sister!

Melanite Garnet and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

Bloodstone and Jade Sterling Silver Circle Earrings

Two Green Gemstones Earrings

To go with the ring from my previous post, my gorgeous client Natasha had me make her a pair of earrings using green gemstones.

Bloodstone and Jade Sterling Silver Circle Earrings

The stones are jade and bloodstone (also known as heliotrope.) Fantastic!

 

 

Five Green Gemstones Ring

Five Green Gemstones Ring

My lovely client Natasha found a picture of an amazing antique ring, and got me to make her a similar style using a selection of green gemstones.

Five Green Gemstones Ring

The stones are serpentine, prehnite, chrysoprase, peridot and aventurine.

Five Green Gemstones Ring

Five Green Gemstones Ring

It looks amazing worn on the first finger – the stones wrap around and are all visible to be admired! Thanks, as always, to Natasha for her friendship and artistic vision.

Native Silver in Cobaltite Sterling Silver Ring

Native Silver in Cobaltite Ring

My lovely client Rosie chose this beautiful stone from my gemstone collection.

Native Silver in Cobaltite Sterling Silver Ring

It’s native silver in cobaltite. I’d never seen it before I came across this cab, but it is so beautiful!

Native Silver in Cobaltite Sterling Silver Ring

I played around with some ideas, but in the end we decided the simple framed look was the best. It usually is!

 

Lapis Lazuli and Sterling Silver Ring with 18ct Gold Detail

Lapis Lazuli and Sterling Silver Ring with 18ct Gold Detail

My gorgeous client Rosie asked if I could make her a lapis lazuli ring. We discussed her vision, and I came up with a design she liked.

Lapis Lazuli and Sterling Silver Ring with 18ct Gold Detail

I most often just let the stone do the talking, but the addition of some tiny organic pieces of gold which follow the lines of the gold flecks in the lapis just seemed to fit!

Lapis Lazuli and Sterling Silver Ring with 18ct Gold Detail

Photography is not my forte, and these pictures don’t really do the ring justice. I’m sure you get the general idea though!

Dark Grey and Baby Blue Drusy Rings

Dark Grey and Baby Blue Drusy Rings

My lovely and ever stylish client Rosie chose these two titanium coated drusy stones to be made into rings to add to her collection of Silver Forge pieces. Fabulous!

Botryoidal Carnelian Ring

Botryoidal Carnelian Ring

I love all the cabochons I source, and it is a bit of an obsession with me! I’d love to keep them all, but that’s just silly – so one of the many joys of being a silversmith is sharing these gorgeous finds with nice people.

Botryoidal Carnelian Ring

Once in a while, though, I come across a cabochon that I just can’t part with. This botroidal carnelian is one of those.

Botryoidal Carnelian Ring

It’s a great ring to wear with earth tones, which I’ve been more drawn to lately.

Botryoidal Carnelian Ring

If you’d like a custom made gemstone ring of your own, check out my gemstone collection, and let me know which one you’d like to wear!

Three Gemstone Earrings Creation 3

smithing – creation of a pair of gemstone and sterling silver earrings

Lots of people like to know the process behind the creations I produce, and I sometimes forget – just because I know how I do this, doesn’t mean everyone does! These lovely dangly gemstone earrings were a wedding gift from my friend and client Natasha to a dear friend of hers.

Natasha found these sparkly amethyst, Rose de France and aquamarine rose cut cabochons in my gemstone collection.

Three Gemstone Earrings Creation 1

First I shaped the bezels.  A bezel is the part that goes around the stone and holds it in place on the piece. I take a strip of silver, bend it into shape with my half round pliers, and solder the join. Once the bezels have been immersed in pickle (an acid solution) to remove the buildup of borax and the oxidisation, I rinse and dry them and hammer them into shape with a mallet on my ring mandrel.

Three Gemstone Earrings Creation 2

I solder the bezels onto a silver backing plate. After I pickle, file and emery the bezel settings, I check that the stones all fit nicely into their little housings.

Three Gemstone Earrings Creation 4

Then it’s time to add some links to join the bezels together. I create the links, line them up and solder them on.

Three Gemstone Earrings Creation 5

I add the ear wires. As always, I am amazed that something that looks so unappealing will soon become something beautiful!

Three Gemstone Earrings Creation 6

After some more cleaning up, I mount the earrings in sealing wax to hold them still while I set the stones with my engraving ball and chasing hammer.

Three Gemstone Earrings Creation 7

After yet more emerying and finishing, the earrings are ready to go off to their new home!

Amethyst, Rose de France and Aquamarine Sterling Silver Earrings

In case you want more, I have written before herehere here and here about my processes. Happy reading!

Peach Moonstone and Sterling Silver Flower Brooch

Peach Moonstone Flower Brooch

This brooch I created for a client is in the shape of his wife’s business logo.

Peach Moonstone and Sterling Silver Flower Brooch

The peach moonstone reflects the colour of the logo, and provides a nice focal point to the design.

Peach Moonstone and Sterling Silver Flower Brooch

What an apt and thoughtful gift!

Lemon Quartz and Sterling Silver Wedding Rings

Lemon Quartz Wedding Rings

Natasha and her partner Philipp were in need of some new wedding rings. These lemon quartz cabochons from my gemstone collection had a good feel to them, and Natasha had a number of designs that she gave me for reference.

Lemon Quartz and Sterling Silver Wedding Rings

We worked together to come up with the perfect rings.

Lemon Quartz and Sterling Silver Wedding Rings

It’s always a joy to create for someone who is like-minded, I feel very fortunate to meet such lovely people!

Black Drusy Squared Sterling Silver Ring

Black Oblong Drusy Ring

Some very kind friends gave my client a Silver Forge gift voucher for her birthday.

Black Drusy Squared Sterling Silver Ring

This oblong shaped drusy cabochon makes a gorgeous piece!

Black Drusy Squared Sterling Silver Ring

Round Labradorite and Sterling Silver Ring

Round Labradorite Ring

My lovely client, Natasha, chose this cabochon from my gemstone collection, and commissioned me to create this labradorite ring for her mum.

Round Labradorite and Sterling Silver Ring

The gorgeous stone is offset beautifully by the silver. I’m very happy with the end result!Round Labradorite and Sterling Silver Ring

Thanks, Natasha, it’s always a pleasure to create for you!

Mookaite and Sterling Silver Men's Ring

Mookaite Men’s Ring

My lovely client Natasha commissioned me to create this mookaite ring for her partner.

Mookaite and Sterling Silver Men's Ring

She chose the cabochon from my gemstone collection. Doesn’t the mookaite look great with a reticulated silver shank!

Mookaite and Sterling Silver Men's Ring

It’s always a pleasure to create with like-minded people. I’m so lucky!

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

One of the lovely mums from school had inherited this gorgeous piece of smoky quartz, and asked if I would be able to make it into a pendant for her to give to her mum. The stone even came to me in a cute little vintage box!

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

I created the setting so that the stone would be protected, but the maximum amount of light would come through – I always aim to make the stone the star of the show!

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

Thanks, Emma, and I’m so glad your mum loves her new pendant!

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

Green Freeform Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Green Freeform Drusy Ring

One of my lovely regulars, Karen, reserved this stone from my collection, and when she was ready, asked me to create her a ring.

Green Freeform Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

We worked on the design together, and I love Karen’s request for a wire border of silver around the stone.

Green Freeform Drusy Ring

Love the sparkly crystals in that drusy!

Opal and Sterling Silver Gumleaf Pendant

Opal and Sterling Silver Gum Leaf Pendant

A friend from circus training needed a gift for a girl about to have her bat mitzvah in the US. He wanted something that was age appropriate, timeless, and Australian without being tacky.

Opal and Sterling Silver Gumleaf Pendant

I designed this pendant for him, the gum leaf and the opal both being very Australian!

Opal and Sterling Silver Gumleaf Pendant

I love boulder opal, so many fabulous colours.

Pomegranate Red Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Pomegranate Red Drusy Ring

One of my lovely regular customers, Niki, commissioned me to make this ring as a gift for someone close to her.

Pomegranate Red Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

I always love making rings, I think it’s partly because they’re one of my favourite pieces to wear, too!

Pomegranate Red Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Thanks, Niki, I hope Angela liked her gift!

Petrol Pink Titanium Coated Drusy Ring

Petrol Pink Titanium Coated Drusy Ring

I met my lovely client Kate when she visited me with a friend of hers who was having a piece made. She fell in love with this petrol pink titanium coated drusy agate cabochon and asked if I could make her a ring with it.

Petrol Pink Titanium Coated Drusy Ring

I was so happy to do that! The drusy has been treated (see my blog posts about treatments here), and I think it’s gorgeous.

Petrol Pink Titanium Coated Drusy Ring

Kate is the owner of the hair & makeup salon Peach Industries on the Tasman Peninsula, and does totally amazing things with hair.

Peach Industries Hair Salon

I’m loving the similarities here! Maybe you’d like your own ring made with a similar stone? Let me know!

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

My lovely friend Kylie asked me if I would be able to take an opal pendant that her Nan had given her, and use the opal to make a ring.

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

I was very happy to try. The pendant was sweet, but just not Kylie’s thing.

Kylie's Opal Pendant

I was able to get the stone out, and set it in a simple silver bezel.

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

Super happy result! Bless you, Nan!

Mookaite and Sterling Silver Ring

Mookaite Ring

Adam was after a piece to give his partner for a special day. Mookaite has some significance to them, so Adam chose this cabochon that I had in my collection.

Mookaite and Sterling Silver Ring

I love this cab – look at that little fish that occurred as part of the natural pattern of the rock!

Mookaite and Sterling Silver Ring

As always, I like to keep the ring setting simple so that the gorgeous stone can be the centrepiece. Fabulous!

Variscite and Sterling Silver Ring

Variscite Ring

My gorgeous friend Marg and her lovely daughter Kim came to visit, and chose this piece of variscite for me to create a ring in time for Kim’s birthday.Variscite and Sterling Silver Ring

That soft green is complimented beautifully by silver! Such a magical material!

Variscite and Sterling Silver Ring

I was so pleased to make this ring, and I hope it is a favourite for years to come!

 

 

 

Peridot and Sterling Silver Ring

Peridot Ring

Jen, a lovely friend of mine, commissioned me to make her a ring to replace her engagement ring, which she accidentally threw out with the potato peelings 50 years ago!

Peridot and Sterling Silver Ring

This ring is set with a lovely, high domed peridot, and is designed to fit with her wedding ring.

Peridot and Sterling Silver Ring

It was a joy to create, and Jen was an absolute delight to work with. I love what I do!

Charoite and Sterling Silver Ring Construction

smithing – creation of a freeform gemstone and sterling silver ring

I always love to see behind the scenes of manufacturing – maybe it all stems from that cool crayon factory clip that used to be on Sesame Street? One of my gorgeous clients, Natasha, asked me to use this charoite in a ring for her mum, and her mum was interested to see the work in progress.  I have written before herehere and here about my processes, and I thought you might like to see some more!

Charoite Cabochon

It started with this luscious piece of charoite which Natasha spotted in my gemstone collection.Charoite and Sterling Silver Ring Construction Using a strip of silver and my trusty half round pliers, I made a bezel for the stone.

Charoite and Sterling Silver Ring Construction

I fitted the stone to a piece of sheet silver.

Charoite and Sterling Silver Ring Construction

After sawing out the shape of the backing plate, I prepared to solder.

Charoite and Sterling Silver Ring Construction

After soldering, the silver becomes oxidised and it seems far-fetched that this will ever turn into something beautiful!

Charoite and Sterling Silver Ring Construction

Some careful measurement, and more bending with my half round pliers, and a ring shank is made.

Charoite and Sterling Silver Ring Construction

A quick check that the stone fits properly, then I’m ready to solder the shank to the top.

Charoite and Sterling Silver Ring Construction

The shank is lined up on the top, and soldered firmly in place.

Charoite and Sterling Silver Ring Construction

Time for lots of filing and emerying to get the silver ready for the stone to be set.

Charoite and Sterling Silver Ring

After plenty of time with my engraving ball and chasing hammer, the finished product!

Charoite and Sterling Silver Ring

 

Serpentine and Sterling Silver Ring

Serpentine and Sterling Silver Ring

Bandar admired this serpentine ring in my shop, and wondered if I could resize it for him.

Serpentine and Sterling Silver Ring

I wasn’t able to, but luckily I had another cabochon the same in my gemstone collection, so I created him the same ring but in his size.

Serpentine and Sterling Silver Rings

The ring is now happily in Saudi Arabia with its new owner!

 

Garnet, Lapis Lazuli and Sterling Silver Bangle

Garnet, Lapis Lazuli and Sterling Silver Bangle

Matthew was looking for a gift for his wife, and he got in touch to see if I could create a bangle similar to this one, but with some gemstones included.

Garnet, Lapis Lazuli and Sterling Silver Bangle

He got their small daughter to choose the gemstones from my collection. She picked garnet and lapis lazuli.

Garnet, Lapis Lazuli and Sterling Silver Bangle

I hope this thoughtful present was well received!

Charoite and Sterling Silver Ring

Charoite and Sterling Silver Ring

Natasha contacted me after she saw my work on FaceBook, to ask if I could make her partner a ring.

Charoite and Sterling Silver Ring

After some lovely email chat, I sourced a stone for her partner, and Natasha asked if I could also turn the piece of charoite I had in my gemstone collection into a ring for her mum.

Charoite and Sterling Silver Ring

I’m so pleased with the way this turned out; I think it’s gorgeous, and Natasha and her mum do too. I’m working on Natasha’s next ring now. I love my job!

Morenci Chrysocolla Pendant

You might recall this fabulous olive green titanium coated drusy ring I created – I made this divine pendant for the same lovely client.

Morenci Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Pendant

I was able to make this pendant in the same style as an existing pendant that she loved.

Morenci Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Pendant

This chrysocolla comes from Morenci, Arizona, in the USA. Isn’t it gorgeous!

smithing – creation of a gemstone and sterling silver pendant

It’s always a joy to see other people’s creative techniques. I have written before here and here about the process of silversmithing, and I thought you might like another little insight into this world.

Emerald Green Drusy Agate Oval Cabochon

First, the drusy gemstone (from my never-ending collection!) and a rough design sketch. I’ve already created the bezel (the metal that wraps around the stone) in this picture, bending a straight strip of metal (like the one pictured) around the stone.

smithing - creation of a gemstone and sterling silver pendant

The next step is preparing the backing plate. He’s some sawing and filing in action.

After filing, comes emerying.

smithing - creation of a gemstone and sterling silver pendant

smithing - creation of a gemstone and sterling silver pendant

And laying out the component parts to see how it will look. The balls of silver are made by heating some little pieces of silver until they melt – the molten silver naturally gathers up into a sphere. It’s fun stuff!

smithing - creation of a gemstone and sterling silver pendant

I emery the back of the bezel flat, so that the join between the two pieces of metal will be exact and the solder will flow correctly.

smithing - creation of a gemstone and sterling silver pendant

Then it’s time for a bit of heat.

I love how from this dirty blackened thing comes an object of beauty!

smithing - creation of a gemstone and sterling silver pendant

Into a solution of sulphuric acid to remove all the oxidization etc.

smithing - creation of a gemstone and sterling silver pendant

While the piece is pickling, I create the bail (the part from which the pendant will hang), and a little plate stamped with my maker’s mark and ‘925’ to show the piece is made from sterling silver.

smithing - creation of a gemstone and sterling silver pendant

Those are soldered onto the piece, then it’s back in the pickle and after that, a rinse off.

smithing - creation of a gemstone and sterling silver pendant

smithing - creation of a gemstone and sterling silver pendant

After a good clean-up, with lots of emerying down to a fine grade, I mount the piece on a wax dop so that i can set the stone.

smithing - creation of a gemstone and sterling silver pendant

My engraving ball comes in super-handy here!

smithing - creation of a gemstone and sterling silver pendant

Some time with my chasing hammer, and the stone is set.

smithing - creation of a gemstone and sterling silver pendant

And finally, the finished piece!

Bright Green Drusy Agate and Granulation Sterling Silver Pendant

If you like this pendant, you can see more of it here in my shop.

Olive Green Titanium Coated Drusy and Sterling Silver Ring

Olive Green Titanium Coated Drusy Ring

A comment was left on a picture of a custom ring I posted on Facebook that I had created. The commenter said she had seen someone wearing the ring in the place where she works! I was so surprised and pleased.

Olive Green Titanium Coated Drusy and Sterling Silver Ring

That lovely commenter went on to arrange for me to create her a couple of custom pieces, one of which is this gorgeous titanium drusy agate ring.

Olive Green Titanium Coated Drusy and Sterling Silver Ring

The drusy has been treated (see my blog posts about treatments here), and I think it is just stunning. Maybe you’d like your own ring made with a similar stone? Let me know!

Opal, Peridot and Sterling Silver Ring

Opal, Peridot and Sterling Silver Ring

My lovely client, Pauline, wanted a ring created for her daughter’s 40th birthday, with and opal and two peridots which are the birthstones of her daughter’s three children.

Opal, Peridot and Sterling Silver Ring

She asked if I could use an opal cabochon that she had. I was happy to do that!

Opal, Peridot and Sterling Silver Ring

I got in some tiny peridots, and we designed the ring together.

Opal, Peridot and Sterling Silver Ring

Pauline asked if I could make a simple silver bangle to pair with the ring. What a lovely gift!

Agate and Turquoise Sterling Silver Cloud Brooch

Agate and Turquoise Sterling Silver Cloud Brooch

What a wonderful thing it is to have kindred spirits in this world. One of them for me is a very dear bestie who I have been friends with since first grade.

Agate and Turquoise Sterling Silver Cloud Brooch

This year, I felt she needed to soar among the clouds – so when I came across this cleverly constructed agate and turquoise doublet cabochon, it was just the thing!

Agate and Turquoise Sterling Silver Cloud Brooch

I hadn’t made a brooch before, so this is a prototype really – I’m hopeful that it will withstand the test of time!

Supernova Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Supernova Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Supernova Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

My gorgeous friend Marg, who is an artist (you can view her beautiful work here on her website), commissioned me to create this ring for one of her daughters.

Supernova Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Marg’s daughter chose this divine drusy agate cabochon, as it reminded her of a supernova. As soon as Marg told me I could see how very apt this imagery is!

Supernova Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

It is always a joy to work with a fellow artist who appreciates not just my work, but the underlying complexities of being a creative type. Thanks as always, dear Marg!

Lapis Lazuli and Sterling Silver Ring

Lapis Lazuli and Sterling Silver Ring

Lapis Lazuli and Sterling Silver Ring

One of the benefits of being part of organising a school reunion is that along the way, you get back in touch with some lovely people that you haven’t seen since your high school days.

Lapis Lazuli and Sterling Silver Ring

I was thrilled to be commissioned to create this lapis lazuli ring for one of these gorgeous friends (there is a love story attached to this friend and the reunion, but that is a tale for another day!)

Lapis Lazuli and Sterling Silver Ring

Could there be much better than creating a thing of beauty for a person with a beautiful heart?

 

Grey Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Grey Drusy Agate Ring

Grey Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

I love all the cabochons I source, but once in a while I come across a cabochon that I just can’t part with. This grey drusy agate is one of those.

Grey Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

I love this ring, and I’ve been wearing it nearly every day!

Grey Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

If you’d like a custom made gemstone ring of your own, check out my gemstone collection, and let me know which one you love the most!

Faceted Black Onyx Jewellery Set

Faceted Onyx Jewellery Set

Faceted Onyx Jewellery Set

 

One of my clients fell in love with faceted onyx (as have I!), and she asked if I could make her this matching ring and pendant set.

 

Faceted Onyx Jewellery Set

 

I was thrilled to! I love that she matched the set with a pair of coal black Czech glass earrings, too.

 

Faceted Onyx Jewellery Set

 

Love the whole set. Thanks, Ash!

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

 

Orange is one of my favourite colours, and this carnelian cabochon is just so luscious!

 

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

 

I was happy to make it into a ring for one of my lovely customers to give as an 18th birthday present to her daughter.

 

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

 

I do have lots of smaller gemstones in many gorgeous colours, so if you’d like something similar, do let me know!