Dogwood blossoms in sterling silver, set with London Blue Topaz stones
London Blue Topaz Floral Pendant
This flower features a London Blue Topaz stone, size 6 X 8mm. The flower is made of sterling silver, with veins in the petals engraved and the silver patinated to emphasize the engraved marks. The pendant is small, just under an inch in size.
Marriage-of-Metal Dogwood Blossom
A green Peridot stone, set in a floral design, simulating a Dogwood blossom in late spring, with a the tips of the petals turning reddish-brown. This was created using a marriage-of-metals technique, fusing red brass to the ends of the petals. This was a wedding present for a wonderful colleague.
More Dogwood Blossom Pendants
For these blossoms, I used “marriage-of-metal” to fuse copper on the edges to the silver petals. The stones are beautiful 6x8mm faceted peridot stones.
Married-metals Dogwood blossom
This blossom is set with a 7 X 5 mm citrine, and the married-metals are the reverse when compared to the preceding pendant. Here, the petal is copper, accented with sterling silver. The copper is patinated to give a slight greenish tint.
Silver Relief Pendant; Technically an Intaglio
An organic design is cut into the top layer of silver, and then fused onto a silver back plate. The piece is patinated (blackened) with a sulphur-containing compound, and then the top layer sanded to restore the silver. Since the design is below the surface, it is technically called an Intaglio, not a Relief.
A Little Dog
My daughter is crazy about her little dog….a Lassa Po, or something like that. Her name is Simba. This is another relief/intaglio, with the face in Sterling silver, cut out and the the back blackened with patina. I like the twisted bail at the top
A simple pendant with a Blue Zircon stone
The design is a simple cut-out of silver, a Blue Zircon, and a simple fracture cut in intaglio. This does require two layers of silver, the top with the cuts, and the bottom for the black patina.
This is an intaglio, with the addition of blue stones. The stones are blue zircon (not to be confused with cubic zirconia). The stone is natural zirconium as a silicate. Cubic zirconia is zirconium oxide, which is not found naturally, but is manufactured. It is … absolutely .. beautiful, but has a bad rep as being manufactured.
An old diamond wedding ring from grandmother was the starting point for this pendant. The ring featured an old-fashioned panel of hearts, supporting two diamonds, with tiny diamonds on the ring shank. The panel of hearts was cut out an re-used with the smaller of the two diamonds at the bottom, and the two tiny diamonds flush-set into the sides of the triangle.
Simple Settings for Faceted Stones
A simple setting made from sterling wire, bent and forged into wings. The stones are peridot (green) and blue zircons.
Black pearl in a Darkened Floral Setting
Calary Pear Blossoms
Calary Pear blossoms appear in spring and are clusters of white flowers with green centers. These blossoms feature 4mm round Peridot stones set on sterling silver petals.
Polished Soderite Stone Pendant
Purple soderite is a beautiful stone, here wrapped in sterling silver.
London Blue Topaz in a Floral Setting
6x8mm beautiful London Blue Topaz in a sterling silver blossom, lightly patinated. The chain was purchased and the toggle is handmade.
This manmade Sapphire is the real-thing, just made in a laboratory rather than at the bottom of a mountain over the course of geologic time. It is still brilliant blue in color and highly refractive (it sparkles intensely). The star in cut from Sterling sheet and the stone simply set with four prongs. The silver was lightly patinated and then polished to add dimension to the star.
The Cocktail Series: A Manhattan with a Cherry
The stone is a lab-grown ruby, 6mm in size. The inlaid cocktail glass is copper, set into sterling silver. The chain is a curb-chain, 2.3mm in width and made of stainless steel (purchased) and the clasp is handmade of silver.
The Cocktail Series: A Martini with an Olive
The metal in this case is Argentium Sterling Silver. The martini glass is fused onto the back, which is then patinated to darken it and highlight the polished silver of the glass. The stone is a 6mm peridot (the olive of course). The stirrer is brass, which looks bright yellow in real-life.