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!
I made this commissioned piece in September 2016, when one of my wonderful customers came to me heartbroken! Her beautiful diamond ring slid off her finger, without her knowing it, when she removed her golfing glove! Years before I had worked on the original ring, so I knew just what was involved to remake it. I was able to modify a blank mounting of a bypass ring and add on two pear shaped heads for the two main 1 ct. diamonds to sit in. It came out spectacularly, and she wears it everyday. What a success!
Opals, the birthstone for October, can be worn any time of the year. This sterling silver pinky ring (size 4 3/4) has two hands clasping a lively 5.5mm Fire Opal heart between them for everlasting protection. This ancient traditional design from the British Isles, the claudaugh, brings the power of years of tradition to it’s symbolism. Priced at $90 (Item R-55).