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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!

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!

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

Sterling Silver Gothic Cross

Sterling Silver Gothic Cross

This gothic cross was commissioned for a friend of a friend, as a replacement for an existing costume piece.

Sterling Silver Gothic Cross

The oxidisation gives it a worn feel, and enhances the detail. I like the look!

Sterling Silver Gothic Cross

 

Tuareg Style Sterling Silver Ring

Tuareg Style Sterling Silver Ring

A client’s husband had lost his fulani wedding ring from Mali, so I created this custom made ring for him in the same tuareg style.

Tuareg Style Sterling Silver Ring

I was so pleased to hear that they both think it’s perfect! I love making my clients happy (and receiving such lovely feedback is a bonus, too!)

Tuareg Style Sterling Silver Ring

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!

Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Statement Necklace

Black Onyx Statement Necklace

Rosie, one of my lovely clients, commissioned me to create this necklace for her. It is completely handcrafted from sterling silver and black onyx, and the cabochons were cut specially for this commission by the lovely and talented Annaig from Annaig’s Gemstudio.

Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Statement Necklace

I’m often wowed by the ideas and requests I receive, and this was one of those times.

Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Statement Necklace

It’s a real statement piece, and I envisage it being worn by generations. It’s a privilege to do this kind of work for such wonderful people. Thank you, Rosie!

Moonstone and Sterling Silver Claw Set Pendant

Moonstone Claw Set Pendant

Tina came to me with this most gorgeous chunk of moonstone that her husband had brought her back from Chile, to find out if it was possible to turn it into a pendant. We decided the best option was to set it very simply so that the beautiful stone was the focus, and I designed this claw setting for it.

Moonstone and Sterling Silver Claw Set Pendant

The stone is gorgeously asymmetrical, both in shape and thickness!

Moonstone and Sterling Silver Claw Set Pendant

It could almost be worn either way I think.

Moonstone and Sterling Silver Claw Set Pendant

I love the way the moostone glows and glimmers – very magical!

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!

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?

 

Sterling Silver Cross Pendant

Small Sterling Silver Cross

Sterling Silver Cross Pendant

I previously created this cross for a lovely customer to give her partner.

Sterling Silver Cross Pendant

As my client’s partner is a personal trainer, the dimensions my client requested turned out to be a little large for everyday wear – so she asked if I could construct a second cross, leaving the first one for special occasions.

Sterling Silver Cross Pendant

I enjoyed revisiting this process – thanks, Bella!

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!

Cocoa Brown Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Cocoa Brown Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Cocoa Brown Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

A lovely bloke, who previously commissioned these stacking rings for his partner, asked if I could create her a ring using one of the gemstones he saw in my collection and loved.

Cocoa Brown Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

I was happy to oblige of course!

Cocoa Brown Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

The ring was a Christmas gift, and it was a big hit. Yay!! Thanks, Greg!

Black Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Black Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

One of my gorgeous clients, for whom I have created a number of fabulous rings, asked if I could create a special ring for a dear friend of hers.

Black Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

I was able to source a suitable drusy cabochon, and create this ring!

Black Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Thanks again, Charmaine – you’re a lovely!

Ruby Zoisite and Sterling Silver Ring

Ruby Zoisite and Sterling Silver Ring

Ruby Zoisite and Sterling Silver Ring

The lovely Kirsty commissioned me to create this ring for her sister’s birthday.

Ruby Zoisite and Sterling Silver Ring

She chose the stone from my gemstone collection – a gorgeous ruby zoisite. Kirsty’s sister loves it!

Ruby Zoisite and Sterling Silver Ring

Kirsty even matched up this pair of Silver Forge earrings to go with the ring.

Acai Purple Czech Glass Sterling Silver Modern Contemporary Dangle Earrings

As well as being a fab sister, Kirsty is also the creator behind the very sweet 2 Favourite Girls jewellery. Check out her gorgeous creations below, and in her online shop!

Green Mojave Turquoise and Sterling Silver Ring

Mojave Green Turquoise and Sterling Silver Ring

Green Mojave Turquoise and Sterling Silver Ring

Rosie, one of my gorgeous repeat customers, asked me to find her a stone similar to this ring that I made for myself. I couldn’t find one exactly the same, but I did find this one.

Green Mojave Turquoise and Sterling Silver Ring

Setting stones with corners presents a challenge, and I’m really pleased with the way this one turned out.

Green Mojave Turquoise and Sterling Silver Ring

I enjoyed making it – thanks again Rosie! 🙂

Orange Titanium Coated Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Orange Titanium Drusy and Sterling Silver Ring

Orange Titanium Coated Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

One of my gorgeous repeat customers, Rosie, asked me to find her a stone similar to this ring that I made for myself. I couldn’t, but I did find this one which she was very pleased to have made into a ring!

Orange Titanium Coated Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

It’s gorgeous, very high and lusciously sparkly.

Orange Titanium Coated Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

It was such a pleasure to make – thanks again Rosie! 🙂

Sterling Silver 'Love' Ring

‘Love’ Sterling Silver Ring

My customer has loved this sixties band forever – and he asked if I would be able to replicate their logo on a ring.

Heyden - love logo

We were both pleased with the way it turned out!

Sterling Silver 'Love' Ring

Heyden even sent me a link to listen to their music while I worked. Groovy, baby!

Sterling Silver 'Love' Ring

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!

smithing – creation of a teardrop shaped gemstone and sterling silver ring

I love seeing other people’s processes, and I thought it was time to give you all another look into what goes on in my workshop. I have blogged before about how I create one of my signature big chunky rings, and I thought it was time to examine that process again. Here’s how I do it!

Silversmithing - creating a bezel set ring

Firstly, an appropriate width strip of sterling silver sheet .6mm thick is selected.

Silversmithing - creating a bezel set ring

This is curved by hand using a pair of half round pliers to fit the gemstone.

Silversmithing - creating a bezel set ring

Next, the strip is cut to approximately the right length on my bench peg using my jeweller’s saw, leaving a small extension for soldering against.

In this video, you see me prepare and apply the borax, position the solder (not usually quite so fumbly, I had a bit of stage fright!) and solder the bezel together.

Silversmithing - creating a bezel set ring

Once the metal is cool, it goes into the pickle to be cleaned. An explanation of pickle can be found in my previous blog post.

Silversmithing - creating a bezel set ring

I trim the excess bezel metal away from the solder join.

Silversmithing - creating a bezel set ring

I check to make sure the bezel is a good fit.

Silversmithing - creating a bezel set ring

I emery the bottom of the bezel so that it is completely flat and will make a good join with the base plate.

Silversmithing - creating a bezel set ring

I select a piece of 1mm thick sterling silver sheet to fit the bezel.

I solder the bezel to the backing plate. Here you see me applying the paillons of solder with borax, and soldering the join. Then it’s back to the pickle.

Silversmithing - creating a bezel set ring

After rinsing and drying, a bit of a check to see how it’s looking!

Now, I saw the excess metal from around the bezel setting.

Silversmithing - creating a bezel set ring

After filing the edges of the bezel setting, I start creating the ring shank.

Silversmithing - creating a bezel set ring

Using the appropriate width of 1.2mm thick sterling silver plate, I bend the shank to the right shape and size.

Silversmithing - creating a bezel set ring

I trim the shank to the right length.

Silversmithing - creating a bezel set ring

I hammer the shank with a mallet to get it perfectly round (this shot is for explanation only, I actually have the mandrel hard up against the bench to absorb the force when I’m really hammering the ring!).

Emerying the inside of the shank with my flex drive makes life easier.

Silversmithing - creating a bezel set ring

After more filing and emerying, I stamp the inside of the shank with my maker’s mark and 925, which marks the metal as being sterling silver (the 92.5% is the fine silver content).

I solder the shank to the bezel setting assembly.

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Then it’s time for plenty more filing, and coarse to fine emerying to bring the ring close to it’s finished state.  (Zen or tedium, you decide!)

Silversmithing - creating a bezel set ring

Next, I head over to my trusty engraving ball to set the stone.

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Plenty of gentle hammering with my setting hammer later…

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And my work, bar some tidying up, is done!

Persimmon Orange Drusy and Sterling Silver Cocktail Ring

There it is, a beautiful drusy agate ring. I do so love what I do!