Sunday, September 11, 2011
Once the silver piece is finished, I usually cut out the shape I want (sometimes the actual shape of the piece I want, sometimes a larger one that I can cut into smaller pieces). Then it goes off to my casting company who make a mold of the piece and send me back some nice cast ones in 18k or 22k yellow gold. The pendant above was made up because I had an old customer come in recently with some reticulated earrings I had made awhile ago and he wanted a matching pendant. I made one for him and put the one above out into my cases. I'm also currently in the process of trying to come up with some reticulated wedding bands for the cases. I haven't gotten the metal doing quite what I want yet (I have a few of those rolling molten masses of metal lying around) for the rings but as soon as I do I'll get a picture posted. The picture above, incidentally is thanks to my new assistant, Kady, who it turns out is far more skilled than I am at photography (well just about everyone is more skilled than I am at it, but Kady is quite good and has a part time job actually doing some photography work as well).
I haven't been writing for awhile because I have continued to be swamped with work. However there is some end in sight and I am hoping to get a few new articles up soon. I plan on doing another one about selling/scrapping your jewelry as it seems to be a constant topic in the store these days, and I still hope to get an article on opals up. Actually I have some new opal earrings that Kady took a picture of for me that would make a nice heading for it so let me see what I can do. I also have some new South Sea pearl earrings made up that I have a nice picture of as well---they'll be headlining whatever the next article is about.
The piece pictured above is 18k yellow gold with four .03 ct. ideal cut, "E" color, VS clarity diamonds. Come by the shop if you want to see it in person.