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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!

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!

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!

 

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!

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!

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!

Faceted Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Ring

Faceted Black Onyx Ring

Faceted Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Ring

 

I occasionally get around to creating something new for myself, and since I’ve been having a little love affair with faceted cabochons of late, I thought I’d make myself another ring!

 

Faceted Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Ring

 

I needed a black ring, for everyday wear, and this one is great.

Faceted Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Ring

 

I do have a couple more of similar cabochons coming, so if you’d like one of your own, do let me know!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Statement Ring

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

Malachite and Sterling Silver Statement Ring

 

One of my dear customers, Charmaine, asked me to create her this malachite ring for a special function she is attending.

 

Malachite and Sterling Silver Statement Ring

 

She is such a sweetie to work with, and it was my pleasure!

 

Malachite and Sterling Silver Statement Ring

 

I love this lighter malachite, it’s just gorgeous. Thanks, Charmaine!

Grey Titanium Coated Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Grey Titanium Coated Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Grey Titanium Coated Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

I was very happy when Bek asked to make this stunning piece of drusy into a bespoke ring for her.

 

Grey Titanium Coated Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

The sparkle is wonderful, and the ring is a great one for every occasion!

 

Grey Titanium Coated Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

If you’d like your own ring, you can choose your favourite stone from my gemstone collection, and I’d love to create it into something lovely for you!

Prehnite and Sterling Silver Ring

Prehnite and Sterling Silver Ring

Prehnite and Sterling Silver Ring

 

Nicole chose this gorgeous prehnite cabochon from my gemstone collection and commissioned me to create a ring for her.

 

Prehnite and Sterling Silver Ring

 

I love the inclusions in this prehnite, just gorgeous!

 

Prehnite and Sterling Silver Ring

 

Such a lovely piece to create, thanks Nicole! I’m looking forward to working on your next piece!

Garnet and Sterling Silver Circles Ring

Garnet and Sterling Silver Circles Ring

Circles, endlessly wonderful. I created this ring for myself, as I wanted something to match a pair of earrings I made that I wear a lot.

Garnet and Sterling Silver Circles Ring

The design came to me as I was daydreaming before I went to sleep one night.

Garnet and Sterling Silver Circles Ring

I really love this ring!

Flower Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring

Flower Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring

One of my lovely customers, Trish, chose this lovely piece of flower jasper to be made into a ring for her daughter’s birthday.

Flower Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring

The colour and shape of the stone is wonderful!

Flower Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring

I hope Cassie loves it, it was a joy to create for her!

Pink Titanium-Coated Drusy and Sterling Silver Ring

Pink Titanium Coated Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Pink Titanium-Coated Drusy and Sterling Silver Ring

 

The lovely Rosie won The Endeavour Foundation Silver Forge raffle prize this year, and she used her gift voucher towards  a ring.

 

Pink Titanium-Coated Drusy and Sterling Silver Ring

 

She chose this divine titanium coated cabochon from my gemstone collection, and isn’t it a stunner!

 

Pink Titanium-Coated Drusy and Sterling Silver Ring

 

Thank you, Rosie, it was a pleasure to create this ring for you. I’m currently sourcing a couple of other cabochons for more rings for Rosie!

Zoisite and Sterling Silver Ring Pair

Zoisite and Sterling Silver Ring Pair

I created this pair of zoisite rings at the request of one of my lovely customers ~ one each for her and her sister.

Zoisite and Sterling Silver Ring Pair

They live far away from each other, and I know that feeling. What a nice way to show the ever-present bond between them. 

Zoisite and Sterling Silver Ring Pair

 

Thanks, Ash!

Tourmalated Quartz and Sterling Silver Ring

Tourmalated Quartz and Sterling Silver Ring

 

The lovely Maggie, who previously chose a lovely pink drusy from my collection for me to create this ring for her, asked if I could create a ring with a stone that she provided.

 

Tourmalated Quartz and Sterling Silver Ring

 

I was happy to help, and this ring is the end result!

 

Tourmalated Quartz and Sterling Silver Ring

 

A gorgeous deep tourmalated quartz, set in the simplest of surrounds, looking just fabulous. Thanks, Maggie!

Peacock Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Peacock Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

The lovely Charmaine, for whom I have previously created this ringthis ring, this ring and this ring for, asked me to make her friend a ring from this fabulous round peacock blue drusy agate cabochon.

Peacock Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Unfortunately, we managed to get Charmaine’s friend’s ring size a little confused –

Peacock Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

so Charmaine is keeping this one for herself, and I’ll create another for her friend. As always it is such a pleasure to create for her! Thanks, Charmaine!

Peacock Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Pale Pink Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Pale Pink Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Pale Pink Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

Via email, Maggie and I went through some choices from my gemstone collection, and I sent her pictures of a couple of stones that I hadn’t listed yet.

 

Pale Pink Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

She chose this pale pink drusy agate, which is just divine!

 

Pale Pink Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

Thanks, Maggie, it was a pleasure to create this ring for you. I’m looking forward to our next collaboration!

Stormy Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Stormy Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Stormy Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

I was listing some new additions to my gemstone collection on my FaceBook page, and Sarah fell in love with this stormy blue drusy cabochon.

 

Stormy Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

She messaged me, and we arranged for it to be made into a ring for her.

 

Stormy Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

Thanks, Sarah, this was a gorgeous ring to create, and you were lovely to work with!

Chrysocolla and Granulated Sterling Silver Ring

Chrysocolla and Granulated Sterling Silver Ring

Chrysocolla and Granulated Sterling Silver Ring

 

A lovely customer wondered if I could resize this raw ruby ring to fit. I couldn’t, but I offered to create her another similar ring.

 

Chrysocolla and Granulated Sterling Silver Ring

 

This lovely piece of chrysocolla was the perfect stone for it!

 

Chrysocolla and Granulated Sterling Silver Ring

 

I’m very pleased with the way this ring turned out. Thanks, Niki!

Variscite and Sterling Silver Ring

I’ve had the pleasure of creating this ringthis ring and this ring for the very sweet Charmaine, so I was very pleased when she asked me to make her a ring from this variscite cabochon.

Variscite and Sterling Silver Ring

Great gemstone choice!

Variscite and Sterling Silver Ring

Thanks once again, Charmaine, I really appreciate your support!

Variscite and Sterling Silver Ring

Titanium Coated Cream Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Titanium Coated Cream Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Titanium Coated Cream Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

One of my lovely customers, who has purchased earrings from me before, asked if I could create her a ring using this drusy agate cabochon from my gemstone collection.

 

Titanium Coated Cream Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

I was happy to help!

 

Titanium Coated Cream Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

So many people have admired this stone, so it’s lovely to see it set in silver and off to a good home! Thanks, Becca!

The Silver Forge – Drusy Agate Collection

Red Drusy Agate Ring

 

I thought I’d spend a little time reviewing past collections I’ve created.

 

Pinky Orange Sunset Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

One of the first (and possibly the most extensive!) is my Drusy Agate collection.

 

Bright Orange Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

I wrote a blog post about drusy here.

 

Green Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

I fell in love with drusy when I first saw the piece pictured above, which I bought and made into a ring for myself.

 

Big Blue Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

I’ve since created a number of different pieces, both custom orders:

 

Bluebell Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

and pieces to list in The Silver Forge shop:

 

Pink Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Cocktail Statement Ring

 

I can’t help myself, I just keep adding to my drusy gemstone stash!

 

Drusy Agate - Smoky Grey Oval Cabochon

 

If you’d like to see more, you can check out the drusy collection page.

 

Titanium Coated Cream Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

If you’d like your very own unique, one of a kind drusy piece, just let me know!

 

Black Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

Meanwhile, stay tuned for more delicious drusy.. I’m waiting for a delivery in the next few days!

Bright Green Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Bright Green Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Bright Green Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

The lovely Mel was a lucky one at Christmas time – her husband gave her a drusy agate and sterling silver ring.

Bright Green Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

He originally bought a ring from my shop, but when it arrived, he realised that he had misjudged the size.

Bright Green Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring I was happy to help by getting him to return it, and creating a custom made one instead! Louis chose the ring from my gemstone collection.

Mel creates gorgeous things for little people (and some for big!) in her shop Creative Wishes.

So cute!

Green Onyx and Sterling Silver Amorphia Ring

Green Onyx and Sterling Silver Amorphia Ring

Green Onyx and Sterling Silver Amorphia Ring

 

It’s been a while, but I finally got around to creating something for myself! This ring is set with some faceted cabochons of green onyx.

Green Onyx and Sterling Silver Amorphia Ring

 

I think this may be the start of a new range. Hold tight!

Green Onyx and Sterling Silver Amorphia Ring

 

Sterling Silver Drusy Ring and Petoskey Cuff Set

Petoskey Stone and Sterling Silver Cuff Bangle and Brown Drusy Agate Ring

Sterling Silver Drusy Ring and Petoskey Cuff SetAfter a visit to see my gemstone collection in person, Robbie chose this piece of petoskey stone and piece of drusy agate to be made into a cuff and ring set for his partner.

Petoskey Stone and Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet

I love the way the stones are completely different materials, yet still complement each other beautifully!

Brown Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

I finished the ring with a high polish and the cuff with a brushed finish to add some interest and set the off beautifully. Thanks, Robbie!

Family Crest Garnet and Sterling Silver Ring

Sterling Silver and Garnet Family Crest RingI created this ring for Scott to give to his wife for their wedding anniversary. He wanted to show her how much a part of his family she was by sharing his family crest with her in some way.

Sterling Silver and Garnet Family Crest Ring

He provided me with some great information and some pictures of his traditional family crest. After quite a bit of design discussion, as this ring was to be feminine, we settled on using a portion of the drawing to create the feeling of the crest – I really loved this swirly winglike piece!

Sterling Silver and Garnet Family Crest Ring

 

Using a garnet to symbolise the red that appeared throughout the family crest (and which, of course, also symbolises love), I was very very happy with the end result. Thanks so much, Scott, it was a pleasure to work with you!

Black Titanium Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Black Titanium Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Judy loves drusy, just like me, and she asked me if I could source a black drusy stone for her and create a ring.

Black Titanium Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Of course, I was happy to!

Black Titanium Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Now this ring is off to a new home in Switzerland. Thanks, Judy!

Bluebell Mauve Matching Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring and Cuff

Matching Mauve Bluebell Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring and Cuff

This matching mauve bluebell drusy agate and sterling silver ring and cuff are a 21st birthday gift from my lovely customer to her niece.

Mauve Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Cuff

 

Mauve Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Cuff

Meg chose these drusy cabochons after some deliberation.. she has quite an eye for fabulous combinations!

Bluebell Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

 

Bluebell Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

I hope they bring many years of joy. Thanks, Meg!

Coral and Granulation Sterling Silver Ring

Coral and Granulation Sterling Silver Ring

My lovely friend and supportive customer Elizabeth had a surprise recently, when she received this ring as an anniversary present!

Coral and Granulation Sterling Silver Ring

Her husband, knowing Elizabeth likes my work, secretly commissioned me to make it for her.

Coral and Granulation Sterling Silver Ring

I didn’t realise who it was for until I had nearly finished making it – then I finally put two and two together. I was so pleased! Happy anniversary, guys. May you have many, many more!

Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring

Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring

At the same time as I was creating her this ring, Leesa (for whom I also created this ring), asked if I could make her a ring using this divine Morgan Hill poppy jasper cabochon from my gemstone collection.

Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring

The stone matches Leesa’s colouring perfectly – it really looks divine on her.

Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper and Sterling Silver Ring

Thank you, Leesa, it was a joy working with you as always!!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

Maria, for whom I previously made this ring and this ring, asked me to make her a ring using a malachite cabochon I had in my gemstone stash.

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

I love this particular piece of malachite – it’s lighter than usual, and very striking!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

I hope Maria enjoys wearing it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

Thanks, Maria!

Pinky Orange Sunset Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Orange Sunset Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

The lovely Charmaine, who I previously created this ring and this ring for, asked me to make her a ring from this divine orange sunset flavoured drusy agate cabochon.

Pinky Orange Sunset Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

The colours and textures of this stone are simply amazing!

Pinky Orange Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

I hope Charmaine loves it as much as her previous two rings.. it was a pleasure to create it for her! Thanks, Charmaine!

Pinky Orange Sunset Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Black Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Black Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

The lovely Leesa, who I created this ring for, recently chose this superb black drusy agate cabochon to be made into a ring.

Black Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Very stylish and understated, it looks gorgeous!

Black Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

I dropped it off to Leesa today, and she was very pleased. Thanks, Leesa!

Black Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring