Friday, March 6, 2009

Friday at the bench...

This week was busy with snow days, small retail orders and a nice custom order. I was asked by my client to create a pendant similar to my Layered Marquise Pendant using metal from jewelry that was donated by several of his family & friends. Normally I do not use old jewelry...you never know what problems will arise with strange alloys, what weird solders were used, if it was plated, etc. However, most of what he gave me was quality hallmarked and did not look suspicious, so I melted it down and poured into wire ingots. The sentiment behind the design was touching: Family and friends that have touched his wife's life would donate something to create her 40th day birthday present and the design itself represented his wife and their 2 children. I loved the way it turned out and so did they!
Blackened sterling silver, 14k gold and pearls

Custom Marquise Pendant next to my Layered Marquise Pendant

I also made time to "play" a little bit this week! I bought some beautiful stones at a gem show several months ago and haven't had the time to do anything with them yet. So yesterday I made two quick rings just for fun. They are very simple and basic designs...nothing daring...I just really wanted to put some of the stones I bought in something! Plus I got to "play" with the beautiful Fretz hammer I got for Christmas by making a lovely texture on the side of the band.

14k gold ring w/ princess cut orange-red sapphire


14k gold ring w/ princess cut chocolate diamond

They will soon be individually for sale in my Esty shop...But look how beautifully they stack!

1 comment:

sassyglassdesigns said...

WOW! They are both stunning pieces.