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Eudialyte and Sterling Silver Cuff Bangle

Eudialyte Cuff Bangle

Vera came to my workshop and browsed through my gemstone collection, choosing two eudialyte stones for me to create with – one for her, and one for her partner.

Eudialyte and Sterling Silver Cuff Bangle

This cuff is for Vera. She wanted some subtle detail if I thought it would suit the stone.

Eudialyte and Sterling Silver Cuff Bangle

Vera was very happy with the end result, and so was I!

Carved Cinnabar and Sterling Silver Pendant

Cinnabar Pendant

I came across this beautiful antique Chinese cinnabar cabochon and knew I had to make it into a pendant for my best friend for her birthday.

Carved Cinnabar and Sterling Silver Pendant

I even added some detail to the back of the pendant, to match the front.

Carved Cinnabar and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

Sterling Silver Domed Squares Pendant

Sterling Silver Domed Squares Pendant

This domed pendant was a one-off creation for my dear mother-in-law, who is so good to me.

Sterling Silver Domed Squares Pendant.

I wanted it to be an everyday piece that has interest, simplicity and clean lines.

Sterling Silver Domed Squares Pendant

I think it got there!

Opal Duo and Sterling Silver Pendant

Opal Duo and Sterling Silver Pendant

I created this opal pendant for a lovely client to give to her mother-in-law.

Opal Duo and Sterling Silver Pendant

The stones were found by my client’s husband’s grandfather in the 50s.

Opal Duo and Sterling Silver Pendant

What a fabulous family heirloom!

Opal Duo and Sterling Silver Pendant

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

Sterling Silver Guitar Pick Pendant

Sterling Silver Guitar Pick Pendant

The lovely Rusty of Vance Custom Guitars had me create a bespoke guitar pick pendant for one of his artists.

Sterling Silver Guitar Pick Pendant

The spec was for the pendant to be the same size as an actual guitar pick, and for it to have some “pillow depth” i.e. not to be flat but to have a bit of curve to both sides. The pick has the Vance “V” logo, and the artist’s initials on the reverse. There are actually three layers of metal in this piece. It was fun to build, and both Rusty and Samantha were very complimentary about it!

 

 

Sterling Silver Bee Pendant

Sterling Silver Bee Pendant

This little bee pendant flew off to a new home recently ~ a custom piece from one person named Deborah to another.

Sterling Silver Bee Pendant

Deborah is Hebrew for bee apparently. I love that we learn something new every day!

Sterling Silver Bee Pendant

Pokemon and Minecraft Pendants

Pokemon and Minecraft Pendants

Not many people with children have escaped hearing about Pokemon and Minecraft, and my dear friend Sarah is no exception!

Pokemon and Minecraft Pendants

She let me know that Santa wanted to commission me to make her two boys a pendant each.

Pokemon and Minecraft Pendants

Love you all, and good on you Santa for supporting indie businesses! xxxx

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

My lovely Granny  was admiring the gorgeous green of malachite; so I took note, and made her a ring for Christmas.

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

What a beautiful green, and what a beautiful Granny!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

I love her with all my heart.

Sterling Silver Lotus Flower Pendant

Sterling Silver Lotus Flower Pendant

One of my lovely everlasting besties asked me to make a lotus flower for her yoga teacher.

Sterling Silver Lotus Flower Pendant

It was a joy to create!

Sterling Silver Lotus Flower Pendant

Variscite and Sterling Silver Pendant

Variscite Pendant

My dear friend Aimee asked me to make her a green pendant. I searched around for a stone that she would love and found this fabulous variscite cabochon.

Variscite and Sterling Silver Pendant

Symmetrical, with just enough inclusions to make it apparent that it is a real piece of the earth, in such an amazing colour, it suits Aimee down to the ground!

Variscite and Sterling Silver PendantI know Aimee loves quirky love hearts, so I added a secret one on the reverse of the pendant. I was happy that I completed it in time it to give it to her as a birthday present. Love you Miss Aimee!

Variscite and Sterling Silver Pendant

Ghost Pendants

Ghost Pendants

My smaller son asked if I could make three ghosts for he and his friends.

It’s handy when your mum can whip you and your besties up something special to wear!

 

Malachite Art Nouveau Inspired Earrings

Malachite Art Nouveau Inspired Earrings

For her birthday in December, I made my mum these art nouveau inspired earrings set with malachite, one of her favourite stones.

Malachite Art Nouveau Inspired Earrings

I love my mum! xxx

Malachite Art Nouveau Inspired Earrings

Green Seaglass and Sterling Silver Pendant

Green Seaglass Pendant

A client asked me to turn this gorgeous piece of sea glass into a pendant for his partner.

Green Seaglass and Sterling Silver Pendant

Sea glass is always so beautiful, and how lovely to be able to wear a piece you found yourselves!

Green Seaglass and Sterling Silver Pendant

Haematite and Sterling Silver Ring

Haematite and Sterling Silver Ring

Emma, a gorgeous client of mine, chose this stunning piece of haematite from my  gemstone collection to be created into a ring for herself.

Haematite and Sterling Silver Ring

The stone is 40mm long, and the colour is so versatile – easy to wear with everything.

Haematite and Sterling Silver Ring

Thanks, Emma – you were a delight to work with!

Art Nouveau Inspired Silver Earrings

Art Nouveau Inspired Silver Earrings

Even though my usual design style is ‘striving for elegant simplicity’, I actually love the Art Noveau period – so in that vein, I designed these earrings for myself.

Art Nouveau Inspired Silver Earrings

I’ve been wearing them nearly every day since I finished them. I’ve had quite a few comments and requests, so I may even make some more for my shop!

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!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

My lovely mum came to visit me last year, and as we were looking through all the gemstones I have. I asked her to choose one she liked, and this was it!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

I made it into a ring for her, and took it down when I went for a visit.

Malachite and Sterling Silver Ring

I  love my mum!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

Malachite Earrings

My gorgeous client Charmaine has a huge malachite ring I made for her, and she wanted some earrings to match. These malachite gemstones are in my gemstone collection, so I created this pair of earrings to give her.
Malachite and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

This was the first time I attempted this particular style of bezel setting, and I’m pretty pleased with the way they turned out!

Malachite and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

Dendritic Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

Dendritic Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

Charmaine, a gorgeous friend of mine, commissioned me to create this piece of dendritic opal from my gemstone collection into a fabulous new statement ring for her.

Dendritic Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

A person can never have too many Silver Forge rings!

Dendritic Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

It’s always a pleasure to make something special for someone nice. I feel very lucky to do what I do!

Turquoise and Chrysocolla Sterling Silver Cuff Bangle

Turquoise and Chrysocolla Cuff Bangle

This cuff bracelet was a one-off remodelling job I did for a lovely client using an old cuff which was precious to her but unfortunately broken. It’s a good reminder to be careful when putting on your cuff bangles not to squeeze or stretch them and over-stress the metal!

Turquoise and Chrysocolla Sterling Silver Cuff Bangle

The existing stones were (probably) turquoise, and the addition of chrysocolla adds interest and texture to the piece.

Turquoise and Chrysocolla Sterling Silver Cuff Bangle

It was great working with Juliet, and we discovered quite a few uncanny coincidences that made the experience even more special! Thanks!

Peugeot Sterling Silver Lion Rampant Cuff Links

Peugeot Lion Rampant Cuff Links

I created these custom sterling silver Peugeot cufflinks for a client for her husband.

Peugeot Sterling Silver Lion Rampant Cuff Links

I sawed the lion rampant by hand with my jeweller’s saw – I cherish my tools!

Peugeot Sterling Silver Lion Rampant Cuff Links

Sterling Silver Condamine Bell

Condamine Bell

The Condamine Campdraft Assocation commissioned me to create a custom Condamine bell pendant for their Ladies Draft winner. These bells were traditionally made out of old worn-out sawblades and were worn by cattle. You can read a little more more about them here.

Sterling Silver Condamine Bell

Yes, it even has a clapper!

Sterling Silver Condamine Bell

Charoite and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

Charoite Earrings

My lovely client Natasha saw these charoite gemstones in my gemstone collection, and asked me to create a pair of stud earrings to match a ring I made her previously for her mum.

Charoite and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

Small and sweet, and a little bit matching. I love them.

Charoite and Sterling Silver Stud Earrings

 

Threepenny Cuff Links

Threepenny Cuff Links

A client came to me with two old bracelets made from old threepenny bits. They ranged in date from 1897 to 1940. The bracelets had seen better days, and my client asked if I could take two of the 1917 coins off and create cuff links as a gift for her husband.

Threepenny Cuff Links

It was slightly daunting to be working with 100 year old coins, but the cuff links turned out ok!

Threepenny Cuff Links

Malachite Ring and Azurite Earrings

Malachite Ring and Azurite Earrings

Lovely Laura recently commissioned me to create a matching ring and earrings for her friend as a wedding gift.

Malachite Ring and Azurite Earrings

The stone in the ring is malachite, and the earrings are azurite/malachite.

Malachite Ring and Azurite Earrings

Malachite is just such a wonderful stone – what an amazing natural colour!

Malachite Ring and Azurite Earrings

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!

Sterling Silver Rune Ring

Sterling Silver Rune Ring

I created this ring for a lovely client to give to her mum, who had a similar and much loved ring many years ago.

Sterling Silver Rune Ring

I love the rune design, so ethereal and still so strong!

Sterling Silver Rune Ring

Peach Moonstone and Sterling Silver Flower Brooch

Peach Moonstone Flower Brooch

This brooch I created for a client is in the shape of his wife’s business logo.

Peach Moonstone and Sterling Silver Flower Brooch

The peach moonstone reflects the colour of the logo, and provides a nice focal point to the design.

Peach Moonstone and Sterling Silver Flower Brooch

What an apt and thoughtful gift!

Lemon Quartz and Sterling Silver Wedding Rings

Lemon Quartz Wedding Rings

Natasha and her partner Philipp were in need of some new wedding rings. These lemon quartz cabochons from my gemstone collection had a good feel to them, and Natasha had a number of designs that she gave me for reference.

Lemon Quartz and Sterling Silver Wedding Rings

We worked together to come up with the perfect rings.

Lemon Quartz and Sterling Silver Wedding Rings

It’s always a joy to create for someone who is like-minded, I feel very fortunate to meet such lovely people!

Amethyst, Rose de France and Aquamarine Sterling Silver Earrings

Amethyst, Rose de France and Aquamarine Earrings

My gorgeous client Natasha commissioned me to make these amethyst, rose de France and aquamarine earrings as a wedding present for a friend.

Amethyst, Rose de France and Aquamarine Sterling Silver Earrings

Natasha always has such beautiful ideas, and chooses such lovely gemstones from my collection.

Amethyst, Rose de France and Aquamarine Sterling Silver Earrings

Thanks, Natasha, it is always such a pleasure to work with you!

 

Sterling Silver Fish Skeleton Ring

Sterling Silver Fish Skeleton Ring

I caught up with a dear friend of mine recently after many years. It was so lovely to see him! Isn’t is great how you can have a lifelong connection with some people, and share laughs and stories as if it were only yesterday that you had seen one another? We talked about what we’d been up to, of course, and he was interested in my silversmithing. A while later he commissioned me to make him a ring.

Sterling Silver Fish Skeleton Ring

I love the simple yet so effective design!

Sterling Silver Fish Skeleton Ring

Thanks, my dear Max, for getting me to create for you. It was a pleasure!

 

Sterling Silver Gothic Cross

Sterling Silver Gothic Cross

This gothic cross was commissioned for a friend of a friend, as a replacement for an existing costume piece.

Sterling Silver Gothic Cross

The oxidisation gives it a worn feel, and enhances the detail. I like the look!

Sterling Silver Gothic Cross

 

Hammer Finish Sterling Silver Ring

Hammer Finish Sterling Silver Ring

I created this ring for a client who is getting married.

Hammer Finish Sterling Silver Ring

He is into metallurgy and smithing, so a sterling silver ring with a hammered finish was the way to go!

Hammer Finish Sterling Silver Ring

Simple, timeless and elegant – what a nice wedding ring!