The deep royal purple of the center sugilite stone calls to your inner millionaire. This heavy golden man’s ring deserves a strong finger. Sugilite is a stone of forgiveness and brings the deep satisfaction of the freedom of your conscience.
Come on by the Creative Arts Group’s (CAG) February Faculty Show in Sierra Madre, CA this month to see the amazing talents of the faculty, teachers of all types of fine art. Pieces on display are representations of what’s taught in the classes offered at CAG. As always, these pieces are for sale! This is a good opportunity to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone.
As you may know, I teach a Jewelry Fabrication class at CAG, so they are featuring some of my new pieces. The pieces I have chosen to display are demos for the projects I will be teaching my students this winter.
Interested in joining my class? You too can learn how to use a torch, set stones and create wearable art! I have a Beginners & Intermediate Jewelry Fabrication class, and I have recently added a new Advanced Jewelry Fabrication class. Join us and sign up for my class on Tuesday nights (Advanced class is on Monday nights).
Looking forward to seeing you!
Pieces will be on display from January 28th – February 25th 2022.
108 N Baldwin Ave, Sierra Madre, CA 91024, United States
As we enjoy the fall colors that are starting to show, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays!
Show location: Creative Arts Group Art Festival
I will have a table showing and selling my pieces at the Creative Arts Group Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday on November 6th and 7th from 10am-5pm at 108 N. Baldwin Avenue in Sierra Madre, CA. I would love to have you come by and peruse my newest pieces and maybe even discuss a project that you have in mind for the holidays.
After the Art Festival is held by all of the artists that are members of the Creative Arts Group, it’s not over. There will also be a student sale for all of the works that the students have created during the arts classes offered at the Creative Arts Group. The student sale is on November 13 from 10am-4pm.
I hold a jewelry class for beginning, intermediate and advanced Jewelry Fabrication and I’m proud to have some of my students selling at the Student Sale. If you’re interested in joining my class, the next session starts soon. My next 4 class interim session that focuses primarily on Stone Setting starts in November, and the next full 10 week class starts in January. Give me a call, or check the CAG website for more details .
Show location: Lavender Market
You will also be able to catch me at a table at the Lavender Market, on Saturday, November 13th from 9am-4pm. It’s at 89 Olive Avenue in Sierra Madre, CA. There are over 26 vendors at the Lavender Market and a wonderful place to find hand-made holiday gifts.
A young couple came to me with this beautiful black opal to set as a wedding ring. I bezel set two small diamonds on the band of the ring to compliment the colors moving in the stone. The result is a thing of beauty!
Opals, in all their firey beauty, are surprisingly delicate. They measure from 5.5 to 6.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale so they can be easily scratched by metal and glass. I advised them how fragile opals are, but the beauty outweighed the risk. As a preventative measure, she will be wearing a chain to hang it around her neck when doing heavy work.
Do you have any ideas for creating a special ring? Perhaps you’d like to reuse a family heirloom and combine it with new accents, or we could start from scratch and order pieces to put together in a unique way? Let’s get in touch!
What better way to tie the marital knot than with a 14kt yellow gold and diamond wedding set?
Hers– This customer chose a stunning oval brilliant 1 ct. diamond engagement ring and a fancy wedding band with diamonds set in a stylish alternating curved pattern.
His– For the man, a polished band with a comfort fit. What is comfort fit? The inside of the ring is curved so the ring feels smaller and is less noticeable to the wearer. Shoot me an email and I’ll explain more.
Precious Tourmaline is also the birthstone for October! So many colors to choose from! These are stackable rings.
This 4 mm green cab Tourmaline is set in a sterling silver bezel on a textured band. The ring is to the far right in this photo. I have stacked it with other smaller band rings that are also available for purchase (sold seperately, inquire for price). Price $80 (Item R-64)
This 4.5 mm pink cab Tourmaline is set in a 14kt. yellow gold bezel with a sterling textured band (also called a shank). Seen in picture between two gold bands, which are also for sale seperately (inquire for price). Price $185 (Item R-63)
These commissioned pieces from April 2017, were for a new customer who came to me with a very touching story.
Samantha was about to buy a train pass with coins she was putting into a ticket machine. The change fumbled and one rolled out into the street. A gentlemen in the line behind her ran out and retrieved her coin. Later, while on the train, they developed a friendship because of the coin. In time their relationship blossomed, and they decided to have the coin made into a promise ring.
Later, the couple decided to get married and wanted to commission 14kt gold wedding rings. Their original promise ring was not made of precious metal, and it needed to be modified to balance the design. I was able to make a cast of the impression of the gold coin from the promise ring and incorporate the impression into the new gold rings.
The first photo is the modified version of the gents ring with a brass rim added to its edge, just after it came out of the rubber mold. The second photo is the ladies ring, modified with the brass rim but polished. At that stage, the mold was made, and the wax models were cast in gold.
This tricky commissioned piece was a compliment to an existing engagement ring. The challenge was to make a wedding ring that would match a bypass ring band, as opposed to a normal round band.
The first step was to make a wax model that wrapped around on opposite sides of the existing ring. My solution was to make a bar at the base to hold the two pieces together. The ring was then cast, using the lost wax process, then pave set with small round diamonds. Challenge met!