Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I know a dealer who sells gemstones that come from all around the world, but especially Russia. He comes to Indianapolis a couple of times a year and I've bought some amazing cabochons from him.
During his last visit, I picked up way too much stuff (again!) and I'm going to have the pleasure of working with the beautiful stones for quite a while.
Among the items I picked up were some intensely purple charoite.
I've seen charoite before and for a while I assumed it might be synthetic because of the incredible color, luster, and swirly patterns in the stone. Charoite can be so incredibly purple that it’s almost hard to believe that this stone occurs naturally.
But they're real and they're only found in Russia.
If you've seen my silver jewelry, you know that I like to incorporate swirls. But I haven't done so in a ring until know.
This design almost seemed to create itself - I guess the swirly patterns in the stone inspired me. There are swirls on either side of the stone and little graduated spheres of silver to balance the pattern.
Rather than using a plain half round wire to make the band, I cut out heavy silver sheet to create a wide band and then accented it with spirals and stampings. Then everything was oxidized and polished to bring out the details.
I really love how the band turned out and think I have to make a band (sans stone) just for me!
(Did you get the reference in this post's title? If not, maybe the name of my ring will help. Click here to see it.)
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