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Apatite Oval Cabochon 20mm

Oval Apatite Cabochon

The apatite gemstone cabochon shown here is 20mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom piece for you.

Shattuckite and Sterling Silver Ring

Shattuckite and Sterling Silver Ring

My lovely client Emma was kindly given some Silver Forge dollars to spend for her birthday.

Shattuckite and Sterling Silver Ring

She chose this one-of-a-kind piece of shattuckite from my gemstone collection to be made into a bespoke ring.

Shattuckite and Sterling Silver Ring

I loved working with Emma, she is so fun and has a good eye for the unusual!

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.

Apatite and Sterling Silver Wave Earrings

Apatite Wave Earrings

One of my dearest besties and I are both water signs (yep, another Cancerian bestie!) and I wanted to make her something special for her birthday.

Apatite and Sterling Silver Wave Earrings

Apatite is so gorgeous, such a vibrant blue with some lovely crackly inclusions, and waves – well, what can I say!

Apatite and Sterling Silver Wave Earrings

Although they can’t be worn this way, I like that they are secretly reflections of each other. Love you Soph!

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!

K2 Blue Jasper Oval Cabochon

K2 Blue Jasper Cabochon

The striking blue jasper gemstone cabochon shown here is 34mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

This totally natural mineral is a newer find with Albite and Azurite. Occasionally, natural emerald formations may be found on any given stone. This stone came from K-2 Mountain, Pakistan.

Sterling Silver and Amazonite, Chrysoprase, Topaz, and Turquoise Infinity Pendant

My lovely friend Margaret is an artist, and I met her when she commissioned me to create this coherent wave pendant for her to wear to her art exhibition, Bliss.

 

Sterling Silver and Amazonite, Chrysoprase, Topaz, and Turquoise Infinity Pendant

 

The symbol is for infinity, of course, and also represents the number eight, which is a very lucky number in Asia and kept cropping up throughout Margaret’s painting journey!

 

Sterling Silver and Amazonite, Chrysoprase, Topaz, and Turquoise Infinity Pendant

 

We selected the turquoise, chrysoprase and amazonite as they were such delicious water colours, and I added the sparkling white topaz which reminds me of the sparkling water too.

 

Flirting with the Light (painting by Margaret Ingles)

Flirting with the Light (painting by Margaret Ingles)

 

Thanks, Margaret, your visions are lovely, and you’re a joy to work with!

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

One of my dear besties prefers a thinner smaller ring to my usual style, so as I was wondering what to make her for her birthday, I suddenly thought of this lovely opal that I bought a while ago. I loved it, but hadn’t found the right design for it.

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

Suddenly it was clear! I created a fine setting for it, and mailed it off to my bestie.

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

I hope she continues to love it and enjoy wearing it! Happy birthday dearest Soph!

Aquamarine and Sterling Silver Amophia Pendant

Aquamarine and Sterling Silver Amorphia Pendant

Theresa was the lucky winner of one of my second anniversary giveaway prizes, a custom made piece from my Amorphia collection.

Aquamarine and Sterling Silver Amophia Pendant

 

She loved the shape of one of my existing pieces, so I mirrored that for her!

 

Green Quartz and Malachite Amorphia Pendant

 

Theresa chose two lovely milky aquamarines from my gemstone collection, to match a ring that her husband had given her.

 

Aquamarine and Sterling Silver Amophia Pendant

 

I hope that Theresa likes wearing her piece as much as I liked making it! 🙂

** OOPS! My bad. If you’re surfing in from the August newsletter, and looking for the ‘Metal’ Feng Shui pendant, you can find that here. **

Sterling Silver and Opal Pendant

Sterling Silver and Opal Pendant

 

 

Jeff contacted me to see if I could create a pendant using an opal that he got in the opal fields.

Sterling Silver and Opal Pendant

 

The pendant was to be a birthday gift for his wife.

Sterling Silver and Opal Pendant

 

I was glad to be able to help, and I think the end result is great! Thanks, Jeff!

Gemstone of the Month – Blue Chalcedony

Blue chalcedony is a form of silica, comprised of quartz and moganite. It was in use as early as the bronze age, for important items and jewellery. It comes primarily from Africa and Turkey.

Blue chalcedony is believed to be an excellent crystal for public speakers and those who speak for a living, such as lawyers, actors and singers.

Blue Chalcedony Crystals

Blue Chalcedony Crystals (photo credit PristineMinerals)

It is thought to generate peace, encourage stillness and calm in the home, and be good for daily journeys to work, or stressful trips involving children.

I created this ring using some blue chalcedony drops. You can see more about it here.

Peruvian Blue Chalcedony Castle Ring

I have these lovely blue chalcedony cabochons in my gemstone collection, available to be custom made into a pendant or ring for you!

 

Electric Blue Drusy Agate Pendant

Electric Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

A lovely customer contacted me from Florida recently. She was about to purchase a pendant from The Silver Forge shop, and wanted to make sure she was getting the right one. I was happy to help!

Electric Blue Drusy Agate Pendant

Agate was apparently one of the stones in the breastplate of decision constructed at the God of Israel’s instruction for the priest to wear (Exodus 28:15 – the Holy Bible).  It is felt that the agate in the breastplate was likely a sky blue variety.

Electric Blue Drusy Agate Pendant

 

My customer said of an agate pendant she already has “I wear the pendant to remind me of being grounded in my faith in my Lord and as a symbol of Him as my rock. It is my symbol of a shield guarding my heart.”

Electric Blue Drusy Agate Pendant

I offered some options which I felt might be right for her, and she decided to go with this lovely electric blue stone, which I custom made into this pendant. I was glad to be able to give my support in her quest for spiritual strength and peace!

Gemstone of the Month – Shattuckite

I was so happy when I first discovered shattuckite!  It is the most amazing gemstone, which comes in all manner of combinations of blue.

Shattuckite is a mix of azurite, chrysocolla, malachite, and sometimes copper (cuperite) in quartz. It was first discovered in 1915 in the copper mines of Bisbee, Arizona, specifically the Shattuck Mine (hence the name).

It is a psuedomorph, meaning that it forms as the result of an atom by atom change to a crystal structure, in this case of Malachite.

Shattuckite is reputed to assist with reconciliation and renewal. Shattuckite is also used to channel information. It is said to calm the mind and create harmony.

Shattuckite is believed to be helpful in healing diabetes, assisting with calcium absorption problems, thyroid issues, mites and other infestations, and tonsillitis. 

Shattuckite and Sterling Silver Pendant

You can have a little piece of this fabulous stone to wear for your very own!

I have some shattuckite in my gemstone collection. If you find a stone that appeals to you and you’d like to have it set in a ring or a pendant, let me know.  

Blue Creatures

I love how Mother Nature occasionally throws something unexpected into her mix – like these gorgeous creatures with a touch of blue!

Blue Footed Booby

Amazon Milk Frog

Glaucus Atlanticus

Blue Lobster

Blue is such a lovely colour. I do have a little range of blue pieces which you can check out using my new ‘shop by colour’ feature here!

Pale Shattuckite Cabochon

Reserved: Pale Shattuckite Oval Cabochon

Please note – this stone is reserved for a lovely client.

The beautiful shattuckite gemstone cabochon shown here is 33mm long. 

Shattuckite was first discovered in 1915 in the copper mines of Bisbee, Arizona. This piece is from Namibia. Read more about Shattuckite here.

Dark Shattuckite Cabochon

Shattuckite Oval Cabochon

The striking shattuckite gemstone cabochon shown here is 32mm long.

Shattuckite was first discovered in 1915 in the copper mines of Bisbee, Arizona.This piece is from Namibia. Read more about Shattuckite here.

I used this cabochon to create this custom piece:

Shattuckite and Sterling Silver Pendant

Peacock Blue Round Drusy Agate Cabochon

Drusy Agate – Peacock Blue Round Cabochon

The luscious peacock blue round drusy agate gemstone cabochon shown here is 29mm diameter. You can read more about what drusy agate is here.

Agate is traditionally believed to help you to discern truth, improve memory and concentration, increase stamina,  prevent insomnia and ensure pleasant dreams, enhance personal courage, protect you against danger, and provide a calming influence.

I used this cabochon to create this custom piece:

Peacock Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Peruvian Blue Chalcedony Castle Ring

Peruvian Blue Chalcedony Sterling Silver Smokestack Ring

For a while now, I’ve had a design for a ring in my head. In part inspired by the power station we drive past a few times a week; and in part inspired by castles and towers, minarets and mosques, factories and smokestacks – I seem to have quite an industrial/architectural theme running through my head lately.

Peruvian Blue Chalcedony Castle Ring

 

The stones are Peruvian Blue Chalcedony Briolettes, which I turned on their ends. Divine colour, don’t you think?

Peruvian Blue Chalcedony Castle Ring

I learned how to flange chenier, which was fun! The briolettes remind me of puffs of smoke.

Peruvian Blue Chalcedony Castle Ring

 

I have some little pear shaped free-form orange carnelians in my gemstone stash, and I think there may be another ring in this style coming along in the future!  What do you think?

Sterling silver and titanium chenier hinge pendant set with blue quartz

The brief for our seventh project for the course I’m doing this year was to create a piece using chenier hinge as a feature rather than a function.  (Chenier is hollow tubing, in case you weren’t sure!)

Titanium, Blue Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

I designed this pendant so that it could be worn both horizontally and vertically.  The six plates rotate around a centre rod. There were a few challenging moments to my usual sadly limited patience during the construction of this piece. Titanium is an interesting but hard metal to work with.. physically hard rather than mentally!  It’s a dull grey colour, and very hard to cut, file and especially drill.  The gorgeous colour is achieved by heating very carefully, so it has to be riveted on rather than soldered.  I added the titanium mainly because I fell in love with the blue quartz bullet stones!!

Titanium, Blue Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant 2

Once in a while, my fellow students and I agree, you make something that has many challenging stages in it, and many learning experiences. By the end of the process you are pretty over it – so you pop the piece away for a while, and when eventually you bring it out once more, it usually is much more pleasing than you remember!  This is one of these pieces! 🙂

Big Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Big Bright Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

I made this ring for Gracie, my son’s girlfriend, to wear to her Year 12 Formal.  She is such a sweetheart, she deserves a whole handful of beautiful rings!  This one will have to suffice for now.

Large Bright Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

She chose the stone, and I set it very simply (as always!) and gave it a high polish.

Large Bright Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Thanks for the honour, dear Gracie, and have a fantastic night!! 🙂 xx

Sterling Silver and Aquamarine Earrings

Carmen commissioned me to make a pair of earrings for her good friend’s birthday.

Aquamarine and Sterling Silver Earrings

Aquamarine is the ancient birthstone for October, and these milky aquamarines are gorgeous specimens in my opinion!

Aquamarine and Sterling Silver Earrings 

I hope the birthday girl is pleased with them!

Navy Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Big Navy Blue Drusy Agate Sterling Silver Ring

I made this drusy agate ring for Leesa. I took it down to her yesterday evening, and she was really thrilled! Navy Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Everyone who saw this stone before I set it coveted it, so definitely a good choice, Leesa!

Navy Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

It’s so lovely when the person for whom you’ve created a piece loves the work you’ve done.  Leesa is keen to have another one, this time in gold, so stay tuned!! 🙂

Ocean Wave Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring

This ocean wave jasper and sterling silver ring was created for Maria.

Ocean Wave Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring

What a gorgeous stone!

Ocean Wave Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring

 

Linked Plate Bracelet – Squid and Seaglass

Another of the projects for my goldsmithing course was to create a linked plate bracelet.  I seem to be working with a very marine theme these days, and this was no exception:

Using a squid as my inspiration, and seaglass as a finishing touch to the clasp, I thought this bracelet turned out beautifully!

Sterling Silver and Seaglass Squid Plate Bracelet

Sodalite Earrings

Sodalite and Sterling Silver Earrings

I made these sodalite earrings for my sister.  She wanted a pair of blue earrings that were dangly but plain.  These were one of the first pieces I made that bore a strange resemblance to something else… it became a running joke at my school! So… what do these remind you of?