Today's share is a cold forged Jasper necklace. I've hand forged a heavy gauge copper wire to make a bail and hold this beautiful cabochon securely. The pendant is quite large measuring almost 3" long by 1 1/2" wide.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Since Valentine's Day is only a day away...
This beautiful Chrysocolla Heart cabochon by lapidary artist Ron Smith has been wire woven into an elegant antiqued copper frame for this unique and one of a kind necklace. This pendants size and beauty make it a real show stopper.
The pendant itself measures 2 1/8" in length by 1 1/2" in width and comes with a 24" solid copper antiqued chain that has a lobster claw closure. The copper has been antiqued and polished to bring out the beauty of the metal then treated to protect and maintain the finish.
Monday, February 11, 2019
Can you believe this beautiful pink stone is naturally occurring?!
This natural Rhodonite cabochon has been wire woven into an elegant antiqued copper frame for this unique and one of a kind necklace. This pendants size and beauty make it a real show stopper.
The pendant itself measures almost 4" in length by 1 5/8" in width and comes on a matching Rhodonite and Copper chain that's 24" long and has a lobster claw closure. The copper has been antiqued and polished to bring out the beauty of the metal then treated to protect and maintain the finish.
I picked this cabochon up at our La Paz County Swap Meet last season, it was pricey but it was so beautiful I had to add it to my collection.
Friday, February 8, 2019
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
I have a Chrysocolla Cabochon by lapidary artist Nyssa Unger that I've wrapped in antiqued copper for this one of a kind necklace.
Chrysocolla generally appears in clusters like grapes or in a crust. More often than not they are inter-grown with Opal, Quartz, Malachite, Azurite and/or Turquoise. In ancient lore, the Egyptians called Chrysocolla the "Wise Stone of Conciliation" and reassurance throughout the world. As legend reports, those who wore this stone generally came up with clever compromises in all types of situations.
Monday, February 4, 2019
I learned a new Cold Forging technique/skill a few months ago and used it to create this pendant. The stone is a Highlight Opal from Chihuahua, Mexico and was an unusual shape for me.
I think this type of cold forging is a neat way to create a pendant out of an unusual shaped stone and I'll keep my eyes open for others to work with.
Friday, February 1, 2019
I've had this Royston Turquoise cabochon for quite some time. I haven't been sure how I wanted to make it up into jewelry till now. I've created a copper frame for it to rest in, then antiqued the copper, polished it and treated the copper to protect and maintain the finish.
I love the way turquoise looks in copper jewelry. I lived most of my life in an area where there is a lot of Turquoise and Silver jewelry so it's a nice change.
Royston Turquoise comes from the Royston mining district located near Tonapah, Nevada. Royston Turquoise originally consisted of four old Turquoise claims: Bunker Hill, Easter Blue, Oscar Wehrend, and Royal Blue. The colors of Royston Turquoise often run together in the same rock which creates some of the most spectacular Turquoise stones on earth.