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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

Cleaning Silver

Have you ever wondered how to keep your Silver Forge pieces at their sparkling best? Well, the first place to start is with a silver polishing cloth. These are available at most jewellers, and provide a soft and gentle way to clean your silver.

What if your piece is quite tarnished? This happens to me quite a lot. (Perhaps it’s a touch of ‘the shoemaker’s children are never shod?’) Here’s what silver repairer and restorer Jeffrey Harman has to say about tarnish:

“Tarnish, in regards to silver, is a thin layer of corrosion that forms from a chemical reaction on the surface of an object. This layer consists mainly of black silver sulfide caused by the silver’s reaction with sulfur-containing compounds such as hydrogen sulfide in the air. Tarnish appears as a yellow, gray, or black film on objects. After tarnish forms, the corrosion process slows as the silver sulfide layer thickens.

Any sulfur-containing compound with the sulfur in a reduced oxidation state (e.g., hydrogen sulfide, sulfur, carbonyl sulfide) will cause silver to tarnish. Moisture also plays a role. The higher the relative humidity, the faster silver tarnishes (if sulfur-containing compounds are present). However, even if there is no moisture in the air but it is contaminated with hydrogen sulfide, the silver will still tarnish because there is a direct reaction (water not involved) between the silver and the hydrogen sulfide. So it is not good enough to remove only the moisture because the silver will still tarnish if there is hydrogen sulfide present (or other tarnishing gases). Clean silver will form tarnish more quickly than will tarnished silver.”

A note to say that humans have sulfur in our bodies, which contributes to our jewellery tarnishing!

If you have a plain silver piece, or some of my Czech glass earrings, you can use the old-fashioned method of lining a bowl with tin-foil, placing the pieces in the bowl and sprinkling some bi-carb soda on them, then covering them with boiling water. This really works – just make sure your pieces are all touching the tin-foil.

WARNING: A very few pairs of the Czech glass beads in my earrings (like the pairs below) do NOT like to be cleaned this way – if you’re in any doubt, email me and I can tell you if it’s safe or not.

Hagerty’s Silver Foam was recommended to me by my goldsmithing teachers, and I use that as my next stop.

Easy to use, it will clean your piece in no time, with a minimum of fuss!

There are other methods employed to clean silver, some of which you can read about on  Jeffrey Harman‘s most excellent website, but these three are the ones that I stick with.

A note about gemstones – some gemstones do not take kindly to cleaning methods – check before you clean a gemstone piece. There’s a handy guide to gemstone cleaning from the International Gem Society here.

Lastly, if you have a Silver Forge piece that needs some TLC and you’re not wanting to take on the task, please contact me – I’d be happy to help restore it to its former glory!

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!

Charoite Cabochon 25mm

Charoite Oblong Cabochon

The fabulous purple gemstone cabochon shown here is 25mm long. It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you. 

Charoite is a rare mineral – it has been reported only from the Sakha Republic, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. It was first discovered in the 1940s, and named for the Chara River.

Charoite is believed to help one overcome obsessions and compulsions. It is thought to provide energy when the body is exhausted; regulate blood pressure and assist with deep sleep and powerful dreams.

Kyanite Cabochon 29mm

Kyanite Teardrop Cabochon

The kyanite gemstone cabochon shown here is 29mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom piece for you.

Azurite Malachite & Chrysocolla Cabochon 19mm

Azurite Malachite & Chrysocolla Cabochon

The lovely azurite malachite & chrysocolla gemstone cabochon shown here is 19mm long.  It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

These three stones are closely related. Dark blue azurite and light to dark green malachite are basically copper carbonate, having the same chemical composition except for one oxygen molecule. Azurite, when in the earth, can slowly change to malachite, so it is rare to find azurite without malachite being present. Chrysocolla, a light green/sky blue stone, is a copper silicate and often occurring in the same stone with them. Turquoise, a copper aluminum phosphate, is a cousin to these three and can frequently be found in the same copper deposit locations.

Jasper Cabchon Pair - Red Earth 22mm

Jasper Cabochon Pair – Red Earth

The amazing jasper gemstone cabochons shown here are 22mm long, and are available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring, pendant or earrings for you.

Jasper is believed to encourage personal bravery and help people gain independence. It is thought to help cure gynecological problems and to strengthen the stomach. Some believe it can help bring rain, and it has been used as a protection against evil spirits and snake and spider bites.

Picture Jasper Oval Cabochon

The beautiful picture jasper gemstone cabochon shown here is 29mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

Jasper is believed to encourage personal bravery and help people gain independence. It is thought to help cure gynecological problems and to strengthen the stomach. Some believe it can help bring rain, and it has been used as a protection against evil spirits and snake and spider bites.

Sonora Rhyolite Dendritic Jasper Cabochons 21mm

Sonora Rhyolite Dendritic Jasper Cabochons

The amazing sonora rhyolite gemstone cabochons shown here are 21mm long, and are available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring, pendant or earrings for you.

Rhyolite is a volcanic rock. It is sometimes known as Rainforest Jasper. Its occurrence is quite widespread throughout the world. Pre-historic quarries of rhyolite have been discovered in the location of east Pennsylvania, USA. Rhyolite was given it’s name by the German traveller and geologist Ferdinand von Richthofen after his explorations in the Rocky Mountains in the 1860s.

Rhyolite is supposed to spark creativity in individuals who are ready to move forward and make things happen in their life. It apparently helps to break through the mental barriers. This stone is used for meditation, progression in life, focusing on the present moment and resolving issues not yet complete.

Orbicular Ocean Jasper Cabochon 26mm

Ocean Jasper Oval Cabochon

The lovely orbicular jasper gemstone cabochon shown here is 26mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

Jasper is believed to encourage personal bravery and help people gain independence. It is thought to help cure gynecological problems and to strengthen the stomach. Some believe it can help bring rain, and it has been used as a protection against evil spirits and snake and spider bites.

Red Moss Agate Cabochon 32mm

Reserved – Red Moss Agate Oval Cabochon

The gorgeous red oval moss agate gemstone cabochon shown here is 32mm long.  It is reserved for a lovely client. 

Moss agate is dendritic, meaning it has tree or fern-like inclusions (from the Greek dendron, meaning tree). The inclusions in this piece are iron oxide.

Moss agate is known as the agate of warriors, and of gardeners and agriculture. Moss agate helps balance emotional energy. It helps the user to let go of anger and bitterness. It is believed to enhance concentration, persistence, endurance and success in one’s endeavors. It is thought to assist with sensitivities to weather and pollution. Midwives use it to assist in successful birthing.

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!

Botryoidal Golden Carnelian Cabochon

Botryoidal Golden Carnelian Cabochon

The beautiful carnelian gemstone cabochon shown here is 31mm long. It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you. 

Carnelian is a variety of the silica mineral chalcedony, which has been coloured by impurities of iron oxide. The colour can vary greatly, ranging from pale orange to an intense almost-black. It is commonly found in Brazil, India, Siberia, and Germany. Botryoidal, from the Greek meaning ‘bunch of grapes’, describles the crystal formation on the top of the stone.

Black Agatized Coral Teardrop Cabochon

Black Agatized Coral Teardrop Cabochon

Black Agatized Coral Teardrop CabochonBlack Agatized Coral Teardrop Cabochon

The amazing black coral gemstone cabochon shown here is 37mm long. It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you. 

Fossil or agatized coral is formed when ancient coral is gradually replaced with agate. The fossilized coral appears as small flower-like shapes on the stone. Fossil coral can be found in brown, gray, black, white, yellow and red. Most specimens are found in Indonesia and the USA (Florida and Georgia).

Coral has been prized as a gem for thousands of years. It is believed to offer protection and to assist with infertility.

Pink Opal Cabochon

Pink Opal Oval Cabochon

The pink opal gemstone cabochon shown here is 32mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom piece for you.

Eudialyte Freeform Cabochon

Reserved – Eudialyte Freeform Cabochon

The stunning eudialyte cabochon shown here is 24mm long. It is reserved for a lovely client.

Petrified Wood Cabochon

Petrified Wood Cabochon

This fabulous petrified wood cabochon is 33mm long and is available to be made into a custom ring or pendant for you. Imagine, a gemstone that once was wood! Wearing a fossil on your hand – what a talking point. I love the contrasting colours and that beautiful coffee speckle!

Green Jasper Huge Marquis Cabochon Pair

The amazing green jasper gemstone cabochons shown here are 51mm long, and are available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

This beautiful jasper comes from Minas Gerais, which is in Brazil. The colour and striping is unlike any jasper I’ve seen before!

Jasper is believed to encourage personal bravery and help people gain independence. It is thought to help cure gynecological problems and to strengthen the stomach. Some believe it can help bring rain, and it has been used as a protection against evil spirits and snake and spider bites.

Chrysocolla and Malachite Oval Cabochon

Chrysocolla and Malachite Oval Cabochon

The gorgeous chrysocolla gemstone cabochon shown here is 35mm long, and is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you.

Malachite and chrysocolla both have a high copper content, which is what gives it that fabulous blue/green colouring. The name comes from the Greek chrysos, (gold), and kolla, (glue).

Chrysocolla and malachite commonly form together, and produce some fantastic gemstones!

It is believed to have a calming influence, and also to attract love. It is supposed to help heal burns, fever, and detoxify the liver.

Moss Agate Round Cabochon

Moss Agate Round Cabochon

The lovely soft green moss agate gemstone cabochon shown here is 35mm in diameter.  It is available to be handcrafted into a custom made ring or pendant for you. 

Moss agate is dendritic, meaning it has tree or fern-like inclusions (from the Greek dendron, meaning tree). The inclusions in this piece are chlorite.

Moss agate is known as the agate of warriors, and of gardeners and agriculture. Moss agate helps balance emotional energy. It helps the user to let go of anger and bitterness. It is believed to enhance concentration, persistence, endurance and success in one’s endeavors. It is thought to assist with sensitivities to weather and pollution. Midwives use it to assist in successful birthing.

Be My Valentine

Legend has it that Valentine was a third century Roman priest who was caught marrying Christian couples. He was arrested and imprisoned because assisting Christians was a crime at the time. The Emperor Claudius took a liking to his prisoner, until Valentine tried to convert him to Christianity whereupon the priest was condemned to death. He was beaten with clubs and stones, and when that failed to kill him, he was beheaded and he was later martyred for his troubles. Poor old St Valentine!

Twin Hearts Sterling Silver Pendant

It wasn’t until the fourteenth century that Valentine’s Day as we know it was born. The famous poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote ‘The Parliament of Fowls’, which included the popular notion that birds paired off to mate on 14 February each year; it also made reference to some Valentine’s Day traditions such as sending anonymous love letters and exchanging token gifts with your lover.

As well as love, young people and happy marriages, Valentine is also feted as the patron saint of beekeeping and epilepsy. So Happy Valentine’s Day!

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!