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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!

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

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.

Pearl and Sterling Silver Ring

Freshwater Pearl and Sterling Silver Ring

My lovely client Rosie loved a pearl ring I’d created for another customer and wanted one of her own.

Pearl and Sterling Silver Ring

I made her this one. Pearls and silver look so gorgeous together!

Pearl and Sterling Silver Ring

Sterling Silver Lion Rampant Ring

Sterling Silver Lion Rampant Ring

Kathy contacted me to see if I could create a lion ring for her girlfriend, who’s last name is Lyons.

Sterling Silver Lion Rampant Ring

Using my jeweller’s saw, I hand-cut and overlaid this lion rampant onto the ring.

Sterling Silver Lion Rampant Ring

Kathy’s girlfriend was really chuffed with the ring, which makes me very happy!

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

 

Sterling Silver Wedding Ring

Zoe has the most divine engagement ring from Tiffany’s, and as it is large and sits right on her finger, she needed a custom made wedding ring to go with it.

Cutaway Sterling Silver Wedding Ring

I designed Zoe this ring, which fits around her gorgeous engagement ring nicely. It’s a little bit like a medieval crown!

Cutaway Sterling Silver Wedding Ring

After the wedding, Zoe’s husband decided that although he doesn’t wear jewellery in general, he also wanted a nice simple wedding ring, so I was happy to create that too!

Wedding Ring for Matt & Zoe

Thank you, Zoe and Matt, for choosing me to create such important pieces for you! Wishing you both a lifetime of joy and contentment.

Geometric Sterling Silver Ring

Geometric Sterling Silver Ring

Lovely Laura wondered if I would be able to create a similar piece to a costume ring which she and her friend both loved, as it was made in a plated base metal which had deteriorated.

Geometric Sterling Silver Ring

It was a mercy dash to the finish line, as the ring was needed for a special birthday right away!

Geometric Sterling Silver Ring

Although it’s not identical (the original would have been cast in a factory mould), I think it turned out ok – and I believe the birthday girl was very happy too!

Geometric Sterling Silver Ring

Thanks Laura!

Ball and Tentacle Ring

Sterling Silver Sphere Ring

Occasionally I do stop long enough to make myself something! I confess it was over a year ago that I made this ring, and it’s taken me this long to post it.

Ball and Tentacle Ring

As you can tell from it’s well worn appearance, I wear it all the time!

Ball and Tentacle Ring

Pearl and Sterling Silver Ring for George

Freshwater Pearl and Sterling Silver Ring

A lovely dad, George, was asked by his daughter to have me create this custom made pearl and sterling silver ring for her birthday.

Pearl and Sterling Silver Ring for George

I was very glad to help! Simple and stunning.
Pearl and Sterling Silver Ring for George

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!

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.

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!

Sterling Silver Skull Money Clip

Sterling Silver Skull Money Clip

Sterling Silver Skull Money Clip

Not everyone’s cup of tea, I know, but waaaay back when I was doing a casting workshop as part of my silversmithing training, my husband requested a skull.

Sterling Silver Skull Money Clip

I carved this one out of wax, and after the casting process, it lived on my bench for a couple of years. Finally, I cleaned it up, and thought about what piece to create with it for the minimalist man who has everything!

Sterling Silver Skull Money Clip

A money clip was the answer. This is the only piece I have ever made my husband, and it was a long time coming – but I think he found it worth the wait. This is a one-of-a-kind piece – not only because I made it for a loved one, but because I don’t have the specialist equipment required to do casting. The perfect gift for a metal-loving guitar player!

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!

Sterling Silver Aztec Wedding Rings

Sterling Silver Aztec Wedding Ring Set

A lovely couple came to me as they were getting married and they were after some unique wedding rings.

Sterling Silver Aztec Wedding Ring Set

They wondered if I could create some with an Aztec theme. So that the rings would be especially personal for them, I got the husband to be to draw up the matching designs.

Sterling Silver Aztec Wedding Ring Set

Gorgeous! I hope the wedding was too!

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!

Sterling SilverAboriginal Symbol Cuff Bracelet

Sterling Silver Aboriginal Symbol Cuff Bracelet

Sterling SilverAboriginal Symbol Cuff Bracelet

I recently created this custom made sterling silver cuff, which depicts an Aboriginal symbol representing travelling (with the circles representing a resting place/watering hole).

Sterling SilverAboriginal Symbol Cuff Bracelet

 

My client was pleased with the rustic branch or sand drawing-like nature I gave the symbol, and he has given it to his friend to remind her of her connection to her home while she goes ‘walkabout’. I really enjoy making meaningful pieces for people!

Sterling SilverAboriginal Symbol Cuff Bracelet

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. **

Regency Rose Plume Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

Regency Rose Plume Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

Regency Plume Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

I created this for my bestie’s birthday. We had been laughing about how I’m not a fan of mustard coloured things. She is! 🙂

 

Regency Plume Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

And it will be divine with her colouring, too.

 

Regency Plume Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

Happy birthday, dearest Morgan!

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

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

Smokey Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

My dearest friend commissioned me to create a smoky quartz pendant for her mum’s birthday – I was so pleased, as her mum is one of the reasons I began silversmithing – her collection of wonderful statement pieces stayed in my mind from when I was small!

 

Smokey Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

I found her the most amazing faceted cabochon, which inspired my design.

 

Smokey Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

It is one of my favourite pieces to date, and I was honoured to create it! 🙂