Tuesday, June 28, 2011

RAW 52/25 - Indicolite in Quartz

Indicolite in rustic cut Quartz
Indicolite encapsulated in white quartz.  Nice tall bezel walls to protect this lovely stone.

Inky blue Indicolite Crystal
Isn't that the prettiest blue?  Such an amazing stone, and that rough surface is incredible.

RAW 52/24 - Green Tourmaline in Quartz

Rustic & Natural - Rutilated Tourmaline in Quartz

Another rustic stone with soft green colored tourmaline, trapped in quartz.  I've only seen black tourmanated quartz, so this is an unusual find.  Here, the band is not soldered to allow custom fit.

This ended up being a ring, along with the other 2 rustic top quartz rings, will be heading to Australia.  Yay! 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

RAW 52/23 - Gold Rutilated Quartz, Raw and Natural

Here's the gold rutilated quartz set in sterling.  Instead of the usual gold rutiles running through clear quartz, these needles are buried in white translucent quartz.  That surface is so bold and rustic, like touching the walls of a mine.  Again, I want to protect this stone by surround it with heavy gauge sterling bezel walls.

The heavy bezel walls are very strong and fits around the stone very snugly.  This allows friction to keep the stone from falling out.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

RAW 52/22 - Raw Aquamarine Ring

Raw Aquamarine Ring
Got this and a few other stones at the recent gem show.  They have the split-face concrete block texture, which I've never seen it cut like that before.  Of course I can't let these beauties slip away from me.

From the top left, blue aquamarine, gold rutilated quartz, indicolite (blue tourmaline) in quartz, and green tourmaline in quartz. I love how the cutter preserved the natural beauty by not grinding or polishing them to the usual glass-like finish. I'll be setting these in the next few days.

Can you see the little bit of pink tourmaline mixed in with the green tourmaline in the stone at the lower right?  So amazing.  Since I consider these as rare finds, I will only finish making them half way.  This way, each of them can be customized to the client's specs - be it a ring or a pendant.  Contact me if you are interested.

Willow Bracelet

To go with my Willow Earrings, I made this out of one continuous flat strip and hammered it to shape.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Long Green Turquoise Pendant Necklace

Green Turquoise Pendant Necklace
This long slender green turquoise (32 x 8 mm) matches the ring I listed in the last post.  It is set the same way, and finished with the same texture on the silver.  The heavy bezel provides such a nice frame to the stone.  Yeah, a bit more silver used but so worth the uniqueness.

Friday, June 10, 2011

RAW 52/21 - Green Turquoise Ring

Long Oval Green Turquoise Ring

Love the dark matrix and the long slender oval shape of this green turquoise cab.  I thought of setting the stone horizontally and make it a two-finger ring.  But then the stone didn't quite span 2 fingers.  Hmmm, ideas are spinning for future rings.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

RAW 52/20 - Faceted Carnelian

Big Bold Orange Carnelian Ring

This is my 20th ring for the Ring A Week challenge - a nice bright orange carnelian with faceted top.  And I'm having fun with the texture on the silver.

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