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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 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.

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

Garnet, Jade and Onyx Sterling Silver Stacking Rings

Garnet, Jade and Onyx Sterling Silver Stacking Rings

These stacking rings were a custom build for a client who has three children named after gemstones. She chose the correct coloured stone for each child from my  gemstone collection.

Garnet, Jade and Onyx Sterling Silver Stacking Rings

These remind me of the lovely old style acrostic jewellery. What a gorgeous way to honour your loved ones!

Garnet, Jade and Onyx Sterling Silver Stacking Rings

If you’d like a set (or just one!) of your own, let me know – I’d love to make you some.

Garnet, Jade and Onyx Sterling Silver Stacking Rings

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

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

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

My lovely client and friend Charmaine, chose this piece of carnelian from my gemstone collection for me to make her a new ring.

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

She has a fabulous collection Silver Forge rings, and this is a great addition!

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

Thanks, lovely Charmaine – it’s always a pleasure to create for someone with such great taste! 🙂

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Ring

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!

Black Drusy Squared Sterling Silver Ring

Black Oblong Drusy Ring

Some very kind friends gave my client a Silver Forge gift voucher for her birthday.

Black Drusy Squared Sterling Silver Ring

This oblong shaped drusy cabochon makes a gorgeous piece!

Black Drusy Squared Sterling Silver Ring

Round Labradorite and Sterling Silver Ring

Round Labradorite Ring

My lovely client, Natasha, chose this cabochon from my gemstone collection, and commissioned me to create this labradorite ring for her mum.

Round Labradorite and Sterling Silver Ring

The gorgeous stone is offset beautifully by the silver. I’m very happy with the end result!Round Labradorite and Sterling Silver Ring

Thanks, Natasha, it’s always a pleasure to create for 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!

 

Mookaite and Sterling Silver Men's Ring

Mookaite Men’s Ring

My lovely client Natasha commissioned me to create this mookaite ring for her partner.

Mookaite and Sterling Silver Men's Ring

She chose the cabochon from my gemstone collection. Doesn’t the mookaite look great with a reticulated silver shank!

Mookaite and Sterling Silver Men's Ring

It’s always a pleasure to create with like-minded people. I’m so lucky!

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!

Tuareg Style Sterling Silver Ring

Tuareg Style Sterling Silver Ring

A client’s husband had lost his fulani wedding ring from Mali, so I created this custom made ring for him in the same tuareg style.

Tuareg Style Sterling Silver Ring

I was so pleased to hear that they both think it’s perfect! I love making my clients happy (and receiving such lovely feedback is a bonus, too!)

Tuareg Style Sterling Silver Ring

Green Freeform Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Green Freeform Drusy Ring

One of my lovely regulars, Karen, reserved this stone from my collection, and when she was ready, asked me to create her a ring.

Green Freeform Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

We worked on the design together, and I love Karen’s request for a wire border of silver around the stone.

Green Freeform Drusy Ring

Love the sparkly crystals in that drusy!

Pomegranate Red Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Pomegranate Red Drusy Ring

One of my lovely regular customers, Niki, commissioned me to make this ring as a gift for someone close to her.

Pomegranate Red Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

I always love making rings, I think it’s partly because they’re one of my favourite pieces to wear, too!

Pomegranate Red Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Ring

Thanks, Niki, I hope Angela liked her gift!

Petrol Pink Titanium Coated Drusy Ring

Petrol Pink Titanium Coated Drusy Ring

I met my lovely client Kate when she visited me with a friend of hers who was having a piece made. She fell in love with this petrol pink titanium coated drusy agate cabochon and asked if I could make her a ring with it.

Petrol Pink Titanium Coated Drusy Ring

I was so happy to do that! The drusy has been treated (see my blog posts about treatments here), and I think it’s gorgeous.

Petrol Pink Titanium Coated Drusy Ring

Kate is the owner of the hair & makeup salon Peach Industries on the Tasman Peninsula, and does totally amazing things with hair.

Peach Industries Hair Salon

I’m loving the similarities here! Maybe you’d like your own ring made with a similar stone? Let me know!

Parrot Wing Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Ring

Parrot Wing Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Ring

Natasha, one of my gorgeous clients, found this parrot wing chrysocolla cabochon in my collection and fell in love with it.

Parrot Wing Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Ring

She asked if the sides of the shank could come up over the stone to provide more protection and to enhance the beauty of the ring.

Parrot Wing Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Ring

I’m always happy to try to work with my client’s vision!

 

Green Labradorite and Sterling Silver Ring

Green Labradorite and Sterling Silver Ring

After seeing this opal ring that I made on FaceBook, Alina chose this gorgeous piece of labradorite from my gemstone collection and asked me to make her a ring.

Green Labradorite and Sterling Silver Ring

Originally she wanted it to have two small smoky quartz cabochons beside it, but this stone was too large to fit them all together on a finger!

Green Labradorite and Sterling Silver Ring

I think it’s pretty fabulous just by itself, anyway. The stone was more amazing than my mediocre photography skills could do justice to!

Tourmalinated Quartz and Sterling Silver Men's Ring

Tourmalinated Quartz and Sterling Silver Men’s Ring

My lovely client Natasha found me when she saw on FaceBook this ring that I had made. She asked me to source a tourmalinated quartz cabochon for her partner, and I was happy to be able to do that for her.

Tourmalinated Quartz and Sterling Silver Men's Ring

Philipp is a jazz musician, and needed something that would not impede his playing.

Tourmalinated Quartz and Sterling Silver Men's Ring

I think we nailed it!

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

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

My lovely friend Kylie asked me if I would be able to take an opal pendant that her Nan had given her, and use the opal to make a ring.

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

I was very happy to try. The pendant was sweet, but just not Kylie’s thing.

Kylie's Opal Pendant

I was able to get the stone out, and set it in a simple silver bezel.

Opal and Sterling Silver Ring

Super happy result! Bless you, Nan!

Mookaite and Sterling Silver Ring

Mookaite Ring

Adam was after a piece to give his partner for a special day. Mookaite has some significance to them, so Adam chose this cabochon that I had in my collection.

Mookaite and Sterling Silver Ring

I love this cab – look at that little fish that occurred as part of the natural pattern of the rock!

Mookaite and Sterling Silver Ring

As always, I like to keep the ring setting simple so that the gorgeous stone can be the centrepiece. Fabulous!

Black Faceted Onyx and Sterling Silver Ring

Faceted Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Ring

Ever-popular, faceted checkerboard black onyx makes a fabulous everyday ring.

Black Faceted Onyx and Sterling Silver Ring

This one was created for my lovely friend and client Maria – adding to her collection! Thanks Maria!

Black Faceted Onyx and Sterling Silver Ring

 

Variscite and Sterling Silver Ring

Variscite Ring

My gorgeous friend Marg and her lovely daughter Kim came to visit, and chose this piece of variscite for me to create a ring in time for Kim’s birthday.Variscite and Sterling Silver Ring

That soft green is complimented beautifully by silver! Such a magical material!

Variscite and Sterling Silver Ring

I was so pleased to make this ring, and I hope it is a favourite for years to come!

 

 

 

Peridot and Sterling Silver Ring

Peridot Ring

Jen, a lovely friend of mine, commissioned me to make her a ring to replace her engagement ring, which she accidentally threw out with the potato peelings 50 years ago!

Peridot and Sterling Silver Ring

This ring is set with a lovely, high domed peridot, and is designed to fit with her wedding ring.

Peridot and Sterling Silver Ring

It was a joy to create, and Jen was an absolute delight to work with. I love what I do!

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

 

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