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Citrine and Aquamarine Ascot Pins

My lovely client Natasha asked me to create two ascot pins, one for a friend to wear at his wedding and the other for his partner to wear.

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It was the first time I’d really encountered ascot pins I have to say, so there was a bit of a learning curve involved.

Sterling Silver Citrine and Aquamarine Ascot Pins

I’m pretty sure they were the best dressed guys at the wedding though!

Sterling Silver Citrine and Aquamarine Ascot Pins

Sterling Silver Personalised Initials Bookmark

Sterling Silver Personalised Initials Bookmark

I created this custom bookmark for my client to give as a special gift.

Sterling Silver Personalised Initials Bookmark

What a great present for a book loving person!

Sterling Silver Personalised Initials Bookmark

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!

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

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

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

 

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.

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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 and Carnelian Locket Box

Sterling Silver and Carnelian Locket Box

As part of a bracelet I’ve been asked to put together, one of my clients wanted a special box to keep to tiny and precious booklets inside.

Sterling Silver and Carnelian Locket Box

It is set with a carnelian, one of his favourite stones.

Sterling Silver and Carnelian Locket Box

The piece will like a charm bracelet, filled with pieces that have significance to my client – what a great way to wear all those memories at once!

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!

 

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

Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Statement Necklace

Black Onyx Statement Necklace

Rosie, one of my lovely clients, commissioned me to create this necklace for her. It is completely handcrafted from sterling silver and black onyx, and the cabochons were cut specially for this commission by the lovely and talented Annaig from Annaig’s Gemstudio.

Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Statement Necklace

I’m often wowed by the ideas and requests I receive, and this was one of those times.

Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Statement Necklace

It’s a real statement piece, and I envisage it being worn by generations. It’s a privilege to do this kind of work for such wonderful people. Thank you, Rosie!

Solid Silver Belt Buckle

Solid Silver Belt Buckle

When you have the husband who has everything, what do you make for his birthday? Well, you might remember I created this money clip last year.

Solid Silver Belt Buckle

This year, a belt buckle was requested. It was quite a challenge to build, as it is made from 2mm thick sterling silver which had to be shaped three-dimensionally.

Solid Silver Belt Buckle

I’m happy to say this buckle has been worn every single day since it was given – it’s not so shiny any more – in fact it’s looking quite tarnished and worn, just the way its owner likes it!

Solid Silver Belt Buckle

Sterling Silver Initials Bangle

Sterling Silver Initials Bangle

Benson wanted to give his wife a special gift for their wedding anniversary. Sensible man, he went for custom made jewellery!

Sterling Silver Initials Bangle

We put a spin on this cuff bangle and included his wife’s initials.

Sterling Silver Initials Bangle

I hope it was a hit on the day!

Moonstone and Sterling Silver Claw Set Pendant

Moonstone Claw Set Pendant

Tina came to me with this most gorgeous chunk of moonstone that her husband had brought her back from Chile, to find out if it was possible to turn it into a pendant. We decided the best option was to set it very simply so that the beautiful stone was the focus, and I designed this claw setting for it.

Moonstone and Sterling Silver Claw Set Pendant

The stone is gorgeously asymmetrical, both in shape and thickness!

Moonstone and Sterling Silver Claw Set Pendant

It could almost be worn either way I think.

Moonstone and Sterling Silver Claw Set Pendant

I love the way the moostone glows and glimmers – very magical!

Sterling Silver Palm Wrap Bracelets

Sterling Silver Palm Wrap Bracelets

Lenka Klikacova is a fashion designer, and she contacted me to see if I could make her some silver palm wrap bracelets for her Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show.

Sterling Silver Palm Wrap Bracelets

I hadn’t heard of palm wraps before, but they are a thing, and I was happy to create the ones that Lenka had in her mind!

Lenka Klikacova Spring/Summer 2016

Lenka’s designs are sleek and have great shape, so the simplicity of the silver band really worked well.

Lenka Klikacova Spring/Summer 2016

I’m looking forward to working with Lenka again!

Sterling Silver and Serpentine Box

Sterling Silver and Serpentine Box

My gorgeous and wonderful Granny celebrated her one hundredth birthday in October.

Granny's 100th - Cake

The family gathered for a lovely morning tea in her beautiful garden.

Granny's 100th - Garden

As part of the celebrations, I wanted to create something unique and special for her, and I decided on a box.

Sterling Silver and Serpentine Box

It was probably the most challenging piece I’ve ever worked on!

Sterling Silver and Serpentine Box

I love you, dearest Greatie, you are the best, most inspirational grandmother I could ask for, and I feel very lucky to have you!

Granny's 100th - Granny and the Queen Closeup

 

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!

Sterling Silver Initials Bookmark

Personalised Sterling Silver Initials Bookmark

I created this custom bookmark for my client to give to her daughter’s boyfriend upon their graduation.

Sterling Silver Initials Bookmark

What a great gift for a book loving guy!

Sterling Silver Initials Bookmark

Morenci Chrysocolla Pendant

You might recall this fabulous olive green titanium coated drusy ring I created – I made this divine pendant for the same lovely client.

Morenci Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Pendant

I was able to make this pendant in the same style as an existing pendant that she loved.

Morenci Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Pendant

This chrysocolla comes from Morenci, Arizona, in the USA. Isn’t it gorgeous!

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?

 

Chrysoprase and Sterling Silver Ring and Earring Set

Chrysoprase and Sterling Silver Ring and Earrings Set

Chrysoprase and Sterling Silver Ring and Earring Set

A lovely client, for whom I had previously made this ring, saw these raw ruby pieces that I created and was taken with the idea of a matching set. She asked me if I could source her some special stones.

Chrysoprase and Sterling Silver Ring and Earring Set

After a bit of discussion about what colourway she would like, I presented Bek with a few different options – and she fell in love instantly with these totally divine chrysoprase cabochons. So did I, so I was really pleased when she chose them!

Chrysoprase and Sterling Silver Ring and Earring Set

I love this set, and it was a joy to create. Let me know if you’d like your own – I’m always happy to go on a rock shopping spree!!