These designs are inspired by tree branches in early spring, just beginning to sprout flowers and leaves. The design is cut out of sterling silver, and then fused to a backing sheet of silver. The metal is patinated (blackened) and then the front sanded back to silver. When the design is below the level of the picture, it is called an Intaglio. Usually, this is done by cutting out the design using a graver (to make an engraving). In this case, its done by fusing layers and developing the image by patination and restoring the top layer by sanding.
Spring Branches, in Relief
These are the reverse of the preceding pair. In this case the cut-out branches are fused to sterling silver, blackened, and the branches sanded back to silver. Because the image is above the level of the picture, it is called a relief.
Cracked Silver Drop Earrings
These were made in two layers, blackened and sanded back to silver as done for the previous drops.
Fire Opal, set on crossed lengths of silver
4 mm fire opals, simply set and attached to crossed pieces in sterling silver. Reminiscent of a wood fire.
Dogwood Blossom Earrings
As with the Dogwood blossom pendants, I married a colored metal, in this case brass, to the outside of each petal. I wanted to invoke the Dogwood blossom in late spring, when the white petal turns brown on the edges. The green stones are 4mm peridot.
Dogwood blossom earrings with padparadscha
These earrings feature a copper edge fused to the sterling silver petal and a simple setting using, in this case, a beautiful pinkish-orange sapphire called padparadscha. Natural padparadscha is rare; this is manmade, but still a genuine sapphire.
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The same marriage-of-metal technique is used for the petals, using copper married to sterling silver in these pieces. The stones are 5mm clear cubic zirconia and pink tourmalines.
Fire Opal Earrings, in a wisp of smoke
Fire Opal earrings. 4mm Fire Opals, simply set in a puff of smoke.
The Cocktail Series, Keum Boo Gold on Silver
Keum Boo earrings, with martini glasses. 24K gold foil on silver, patinated to make the glasses stand out.
The martini glasses are gold foil applied to silver in the technique of Keum Boo. The "olive" is a simple green cubic zirconia (CZ).
DNA double Helix Earrings
An unadorned double helix in sterling silver wire.
Fire Opal stones set simply and incorporated in a double helix, patinated to look "smokey".
Peridot set in a simple flower
These simple earrings complement the floral clusters in the Callary Pear Pendants. Both the pendants and earrings are set with Peridot gemstones.