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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Now THAT'S dedication...

I braved the weather from hell today* to take these pictures, just for you. It is beautifully stormy here, and we had the most delightful thunder and lightning in the middle of the night last night...

* actually that makes no sense; Hell would be hot and it was definitely not hot outside today.


But back to jewelry. I am really excited about these rings and that's why I froze my butt off to photograph them today.

green tourmaline ringFirst we have an amazing green cat's eye tourmaline high-domed cab, mined right here in California, in a simple hand fabricated sterling silver setting. (The silver components are all from recycled sources.) This is the most expensive stone I've ever set in a ring and I was nervous throughout the process for fear of somehow damaging the stone. Thankfully, that didn't happen!

cat's eye tourmalineI used an open-backed setting for this stone, to let the light really stream through it and show off its chatoyancy. In order to provide support for the stone and improve the ring's comfort and wearability, there is a thin layer of clear resin on the back of the stone. You can see this piece in my Etsy shop here.

chatoyant tourmaline ring
Next up is a little experiment I've been dying to try for months and months...

blue moonstone ringIt's a rainbow moonstone cabochon set on top of a thin layer of blue resin. I love the way the blue looks through the moonstone... it's a very fun effect. I have lots of other colors (plus endless mixing possibilities, of course) so it will be fun to try this with other colors too.

blue rainbow moonstone

4 comments:

Robin Marie said...

Ohhh lordy that Tourmaline is to FREEZE for! Gorgeous rings! I love the moonstone and resin:)

Tamara said...

Well, the blue moonstone sold as soon as I listed it; I guess I'll be making more of those! :-)

Gemheaven said...

Gorgeous!!

Maria said...

I've always thought that Tourmaline was so beautiful, what with the watermelon inspired colors and everything :)