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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

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

Pale Pink Titanium Coated Drusy Ring

Pale Pink Titanium Coated Drusy Ring

This piece was a custom order for a lovely client, who happens to be the friend of another lovely client of mine. I was so pleased!

Pale Pink Titanium Coated Drusy Ring

I have only a couple of dark silver and one gold of these titanium coated drusy cabochons left, and I won’t be getting in any more. If you’d like your own piece, get in touch!

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

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!

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.

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!

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!

Sterling Silver Emoji Bear Pendant

Emoji Bear Pendant

My son asked me to make him a pendant to give his girlfriend for a special occasion. He wanted the emoji bear symbol:

I think it turned out ok!

Sterling Silver Emoji Bear Pendant

I love those cutie pies!

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!

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!

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

 

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

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

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