The apatite gemstone cabochon shown here is 20mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom piece for you.
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.
I designed this pendant for him, the gum leaf and the opal both being very Australian!
I love boulder opal, so many fabulous colours.
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 is so gorgeous, such a vibrant blue with some lovely crackly inclusions, and waves – well, what can I say!
Although they can’t be worn this way, I like that they are secretly reflections of each other. Love you Soph!
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.
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!
I hadn’t made a brooch before, so this is a prototype really – I’m hopeful that it will withstand the test of time!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Thanks, Margaret, your visions are lovely, and you’re a joy to work with!
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.
Suddenly it was clear! I created a fine setting for it, and mailed it off to my bestie.
I hope she continues to love it and enjoy wearing it! Happy birthday dearest Soph!
Theresa was the lucky winner of one of my second anniversary giveaway prizes, a custom made piece from my Amorphia collection.
She loved the shape of one of my existing pieces, so I mirrored that for her!
Theresa chose two lovely milky aquamarines from my gemstone collection, to match a ring that her husband had given her.
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. **
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.
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.
I have these lovely blue chalcedony cabochons in my gemstone collection, available to be custom made into a pendant or ring for you!
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!
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.
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.”
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!
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.
You can have a little piece of this fabulous stone to wear for your very own!
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.
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:
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:
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.
The stones are Peruvian Blue Chalcedony Briolettes, which I turned on their ends. Divine colour, don’t you think?
I learned how to flange chenier, which was fun! The briolettes remind me of puffs of smoke.
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?
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!)
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!!
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! 🙂
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.
She chose the stone, and I set it very simply (as always!) and gave it a high polish.
Thanks for the honour, dear Gracie, and have a fantastic night!! 🙂 xx
Everyone who saw this stone before I set it coveted it, so definitely a good choice, Leesa!
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!! 🙂
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!