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Tourmalinated Quartz Oval Cabochon

Tourmalinated Quartz Oval Cabochon

The gorgeous black tourmalinated quartz gemstone cabochon shown here is 28mm long. 

Tourmalinated quartz is thought to act as an antidepressant. It is believed to relieve fears, phobias and anxiety. It is supposed to absorb mercury in cases of poisoning. It is thought to assist with impotence and infertility and help with exhaustion. Tourmalinated quartz is thought to assist with issues of the respiratory tract and thyroid.

Orbicular Ocean Jasper Teardrop Cabochon 27mm

Orbicular Ocean Jasper Teardrop Cabochon

The gorgeous orbicular ocean jasper gemstone cabochon shown here is 27mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you. It was found in Madagascar.

Jasper is believed to encourage personal bravery and help people gain independence. It is thought to help cure gynecological problems and to strengthen the stomach. Some believe it can help bring rain, and it has been used as a protection against evil spirits and snake and spider bites.

Rhodochrosite Teardrop Cabochon

The beautiful rhodochrosite cabochon shown here is 25mm long. It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

The pink color of rhodochrosite is caused by the element manganese, and it is formed when manganese is dissolved by ground water and combines with a carbonate material and then drips off the ceiling of caves and crevices deep underground. It can be found in Argentina; Peru; Colorado and Montana, USA; and Quebec, Canada. It is commonly found in the form of stalactites and stalagmites in the caves of Argentina. Rhodochrosite (the word means rose-colored) often forms pink and white bands.

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.

Botryoidal Drusy Carnelian Cabochon 43mm

Botryoidal Drusy Carnelian Cabochon

The botryoidal drusy carnelian freeform gemstone cabochon shown here is 43mm long. It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

Kaleidoscope Jasper Shield Cabochon 32mm

Kaleidoscope Jasper Shield Cabochon

The stunning kaleidoscope jasper gemstone cabochon shown here is 32mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

Jasper is believed to encourage personal bravery and help people gain independence. It is thought to help cure gynecological problems and to strengthen the stomach. Some believe it can help bring rain, and it has been used as a protection against evil spirits and snake and spider bites.

Brecciated Mookaite Oval Cabochon Pair

Brecciated Mookaite Oval Cabochon Pair

The beautiful mookaite gemstone cabochons shown here are 20mm long, and are available to be handcrafted into a custom made piece for you.

Mookaite is silicified porcelanite, which forms in silt-stone from the lower Cretaceous period that is found over much of the Carnarvon Basin in Western Australia. The name Mookaite is derived from Mooka Creek, where the rock is mined. According to locals, the Aboriginal word “mooka” means “running waters”.

Mookaite is believed to be a healing stone that bestows strength. It is said to shield the wearer from difficult situations and to connect us to loved ones who have passed away. It is thought to assist with assessing problems and making decisions. Mookaite is used to treat glandular or stomach disorders, hernias, ruptures and water retention.

Wavelite Pointed Teardrop Cabochon 27mm

Wavelite Pointed Teardrop Cabochon

The fabulous wavelite gemstone cabochon shown here is 27mm long.  It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

Wavelite was named in 1805 for its discoverer William Wavell (1750-1829), a physician in Devonshire, England.

Wavelite is used to improve decision-making and intuition. It is also used to calm anger. It is believed to help gently raise issues deep in the psyche such as abuse and trauma and help with emotional healing.

This wavelite is found in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas.

Freeform Strawberry Quartz Cabochon 28mm

Reserved – Strawberry Quartz Freeform Cabochon

PLEASE NOTE: This cabochon is reserved for a lovely client.

The gorgeous freeform strawberry quartz gemstone cabochon shown here is 28mm long.  It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

Strawberry quartz is sagenitic quartz, a transparent colourless quartz containing needlelike crystals, in this case red inclusions of iron oxide. The bright color of genuine strawberry quartz is accentuated by small seedlike inclusions of lepidocrocite and haematite. It is most often found in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Brazil.

Strawberry quartz can be soothing and calming.  It apparently enhances intentions of love, gratitude and generosity. Some people wear Strawberry quartz when trying to attract a soul-mate. Strawberry quartz is thought to assist in bringing balance to the psyche and the emotions.

Pale Pink Titanium Coated Drusy Ring

Pale Pink Titanium Coated Drusy Ring

This piece was a custom order for a lovely client, who happens to be the friend of another lovely client of mine. I was so pleased!

Pale Pink Titanium Coated Drusy Ring

I have only a couple of dark silver and one gold of these titanium coated drusy cabochons left, and I won’t be getting in any more. If you’d like your own piece, get in touch!

Hammered Sterling Silver Wedding Ring

Hammered Sterling Silver Wedding Ring

I created this ring for a client who lives in Guam.

Hammered Sterling Silver Wedding Ring

 

Simple, timeless and elegant – great choice for a wedding ring!

Hammered Sterling Silver Wedding Ring

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!

Charoite Cabochon 25mm

Charoite Oblong Cabochon

The fabulous purple gemstone cabochon shown here is 25mm long. It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you. 

Charoite is a rare mineral – it has been reported only from the Sakha Republic, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. It was first discovered in the 1940s, and named for the Chara River.

Charoite is believed to help one overcome obsessions and compulsions. It is thought to provide energy when the body is exhausted; regulate blood pressure and assist with deep sleep and powerful dreams.

Kyanite Cabochon 29mm

Kyanite Teardrop Cabochon

The kyanite gemstone cabochon shown here is 29mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom piece for you.

Azurite Malachite & Chrysocolla Cabochon 19mm

Azurite Malachite & Chrysocolla Cabochon

The lovely azurite malachite & chrysocolla gemstone cabochon shown here is 19mm long.  It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

These three stones are closely related. Dark blue azurite and light to dark green malachite are basically copper carbonate, having the same chemical composition except for one oxygen molecule. Azurite, when in the earth, can slowly change to malachite, so it is rare to find azurite without malachite being present. Chrysocolla, a light green/sky blue stone, is a copper silicate and often occurring in the same stone with them. Turquoise, a copper aluminum phosphate, is a cousin to these three and can frequently be found in the same copper deposit locations.

Jasper Cabchon Pair - Red Earth 22mm

Jasper Cabochon Pair – Red Earth

The amazing jasper gemstone cabochons shown here are 22mm long, and are available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring, pendant or earrings for you.

Jasper is believed to encourage personal bravery and help people gain independence. It is thought to help cure gynecological problems and to strengthen the stomach. Some believe it can help bring rain, and it has been used as a protection against evil spirits and snake and spider bites.

Picture Jasper Oval Cabochon

The beautiful picture jasper gemstone cabochon shown here is 29mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

Jasper is believed to encourage personal bravery and help people gain independence. It is thought to help cure gynecological problems and to strengthen the stomach. Some believe it can help bring rain, and it has been used as a protection against evil spirits and snake and spider bites.

Sonora Rhyolite Dendritic Jasper Cabochons 21mm

Sonora Rhyolite Dendritic Jasper Cabochons

The amazing sonora rhyolite gemstone cabochons shown here are 21mm long, and are available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring, pendant or earrings for you.

Rhyolite is a volcanic rock. It is sometimes known as Rainforest Jasper. Its occurrence is quite widespread throughout the world. Pre-historic quarries of rhyolite have been discovered in the location of east Pennsylvania, USA. Rhyolite was given it’s name by the German traveller and geologist Ferdinand von Richthofen after his explorations in the Rocky Mountains in the 1860s.

Rhyolite is supposed to spark creativity in individuals who are ready to move forward and make things happen in their life. It apparently helps to break through the mental barriers. This stone is used for meditation, progression in life, focusing on the present moment and resolving issues not yet complete.

Orbicular Ocean Jasper Cabochon 26mm

Ocean Jasper Oval Cabochon

The lovely orbicular jasper gemstone cabochon shown here is 26mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

Jasper is believed to encourage personal bravery and help people gain independence. It is thought to help cure gynecological problems and to strengthen the stomach. Some believe it can help bring rain, and it has been used as a protection against evil spirits and snake and spider bites.

Red Moss Agate Cabochon 32mm

Reserved – Red Moss Agate Oval Cabochon

The gorgeous red oval moss agate gemstone cabochon shown here is 32mm long.  It is reserved for a lovely client. 

Moss agate is dendritic, meaning it has tree or fern-like inclusions (from the Greek dendron, meaning tree). The inclusions in this piece are iron oxide.

Moss agate is known as the agate of warriors, and of gardeners and agriculture. Moss agate helps balance emotional energy. It helps the user to let go of anger and bitterness. It is believed to enhance concentration, persistence, endurance and success in one’s endeavors. It is thought to assist with sensitivities to weather and pollution. Midwives use it to assist in successful birthing.

Botryoidal Golden Carnelian Cabochon

Botryoidal Golden Carnelian Cabochon

The beautiful carnelian gemstone cabochon shown here is 31mm long. It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you. 

Carnelian is a variety of the silica mineral chalcedony, which has been coloured by impurities of iron oxide. The colour can vary greatly, ranging from pale orange to an intense almost-black. It is commonly found in Brazil, India, Siberia, and Germany. Botryoidal, from the Greek meaning ‘bunch of grapes’, describles the crystal formation on the top of the stone.

Black Agatized Coral Teardrop Cabochon

Black Agatized Coral Teardrop Cabochon

Black Agatized Coral Teardrop CabochonBlack Agatized Coral Teardrop Cabochon

The amazing black coral gemstone cabochon shown here is 37mm long. It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you. 

Fossil or agatized coral is formed when ancient coral is gradually replaced with agate. The fossilized coral appears as small flower-like shapes on the stone. Fossil coral can be found in brown, gray, black, white, yellow and red. Most specimens are found in Indonesia and the USA (Florida and Georgia).

Coral has been prized as a gem for thousands of years. It is believed to offer protection and to assist with infertility.

Pink Opal Cabochon

Pink Opal Oval Cabochon

The pink opal gemstone cabochon shown here is 32mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom piece for you.

Eudialyte Freeform Cabochon

Reserved – Eudialyte Freeform Cabochon

The stunning eudialyte cabochon shown here is 24mm long. It is reserved for a lovely client.

Petrified Wood Cabochon

Petrified Wood Cabochon

This fabulous petrified wood cabochon is 33mm long and is available to be made into a custom ring or pendant for you. Imagine, a gemstone that once was wood! Wearing a fossil on your hand – what a talking point. I love the contrasting colours and that beautiful coffee speckle!

Green Jasper Huge Marquis Cabochon Pair

The amazing green jasper gemstone cabochons shown here are 51mm long, and are available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

This beautiful jasper comes from Minas Gerais, which is in Brazil. The colour and striping is unlike any jasper I’ve seen before!

Jasper is believed to encourage personal bravery and help people gain independence. It is thought to help cure gynecological problems and to strengthen the stomach. Some believe it can help bring rain, and it has been used as a protection against evil spirits and snake and spider bites.

Chrysocolla and Malachite Oval Cabochon

Chrysocolla and Malachite Oval Cabochon

The gorgeous chrysocolla gemstone cabochon shown here is 35mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

Malachite and chrysocolla both have a high copper content, which is what gives it that fabulous blue/green colouring. The name comes from the Greek chrysos, (gold), and kolla, (glue).

Chrysocolla and malachite commonly form together, and produce some fantastic gemstones!

It is believed to have a calming influence, and also to attract love. It is supposed to help heal burns, fever, and detoxify the liver.

Moss Agate Round Cabochon

Moss Agate Round Cabochon

The lovely soft green moss agate gemstone cabochon shown here is 35mm in diameter.  It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you. 

Moss agate is dendritic, meaning it has tree or fern-like inclusions (from the Greek dendron, meaning tree). The inclusions in this piece are chlorite.

Moss agate is known as the agate of warriors, and of gardeners and agriculture. Moss agate helps balance emotional energy. It helps the user to let go of anger and bitterness. It is believed to enhance concentration, persistence, endurance and success in one’s endeavors. It is thought to assist with sensitivities to weather and pollution. Midwives use it to assist in successful birthing.

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!