The goldsmith who doesn’t wear jewellery

      Some time ago a client and friend noticed and asked why I didn’t wear jewellery especially as a way to showcase my work. I have worn jewellery in the past, I had the typical 10 gauge cool guy earrings of the 1990’s . For awhile I was collecting green pebbles from my travels (Bay of Fundy, Loch Ba, etc) and making them into beads worn on a leather necklace. I had imagined one day having an entire string of stones around my neck, but the vagabond days of my early twenties did not last and I think I have a total of seven pebble beads.

    The more I thought of it, the more I liked the idea of making myself something…but it couldn’t just be anything, it had to be special. I decided on a ring. A Grand Ring.

    I wanted to make every aspect of the ring including the stone…so the first step was looking through my rough stones. I had nice black opal but it is too soft for a grand ring same went for the white opal. Then I spied something in a box of bulk rough I had acquired.

rough fire agate

rough fire agate

I didn’t even know what it was (which was instantly intriguing considering I thought I was quite knowledgeable when it came to stones) so a little research was in order. Turns out it was fire agate,  it had all the properties I loved about black opal or ammolite but tough and durable enough for a ring. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_agate

   Excellent. I spent the next week carving and polishing a piece by hand, if I had a proper lapidary set I could have done it in an afternoon.

the finished fire agate

the finished fire agate

   I was more than pleased with the final result. I had originally thought I was just going to make a simple silver ring but after I saw how nice the stone turned out that just wouldn’t cut it.

I had a piece of 22K gold and sterling mokume gane that I had been holding on to for a couple years in case a commission came up and a client wanted gold mokume. Since I had it and it had been quite awhile since gold mokume had been commissioned (I thought maybe it had gone out of fashion) so why not use it and make a show stopper of a ring.

components ready for the final fabrication

components ready for the final fabrication

 Over the next week I patterned the mokume to echo the bubble pattern of the agate and made the other components.

the finished ring

the finished ring

By the end I was incredibly pleased with the grand ring I made myself, loved the weight of it and watching the iridescent colours flash across the face of the stone.

Another week later out of the blue I was commissioned to make a gold mokume ring and now  I only wear my grand ring on special occasions.

2015 is just around the corner

2007_02070140.jpg   2015 is just around the corner and for the first two months of this year I will endeavor to get this site back up and running, I now know why there is a profession called website designer.

January 2015 should be a busy month for me besides getting the website up and running and learning about WordPress, I will be attending a conference in Halifax about art and culture on behalf of the Queens Arts Council as Director of communications.

Also coming up this month will be a new line of earrings developed over the Christmas season. Not to mention the custom work I have to do in the new year.

This is the time of year to think about the past year, all the good bad and the ugly and hope for the coming year. So I leave you now dear reader with the hope that a positive year is in your future.

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