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Some articulated earrings with two stones. The ones with the bees have been linked in such a way that the bees move when the head moves, making them seem busy. The bees are inlaid with shakudo.

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Making a ring with two round stones always presents a problem – the stones often end up looking like snake-eyes. But I wanted to set these two garnets together. Their different sizes suggested a figure-8, and I thought that if I turned it 90 deg It would become an infinity sign, and that the sign would override the snake association in perception.

Lemniscate ring: siver, garnets

Lemniscate ring: siver, garnets

Lemniscate ring: siver, garnets

Lemniscate ring: siver, garnets

A lemniscus is one of those figure-8 infinity signs. I have looked for lemniscate rings on Google Images, and there are lots of them, but none like this. So perhaps this is that rare thing for a designer – something both simple and original.

Foliage and flowers. What makes people happy. Here are six little pendants which mine that rich seam. They are about the size of the smaller ones here. Click on them to see more detail.

This was a lousy garnet cab with a big crack in it. I broke it along the crack and carved the rest into this rose, and made a pendant to give it a context. The Rose being so symbolic, I have treated this one in a more conventionalized way from the point of view of design.

 

Rose: pendant; silver, garnet

Rose: pendant; silver, garnet

Rose: pendant; silver, garnet

Rose: pendant; silver, garnet. Actual size

Having fun with foliage:

Pendant: Rose; silver, garnet.

Pendant: Rose; silver, garnet.

For those who’re interested in technique, I cut the leaves out with a piercing saw, then stamp them in a die that I cut from a piece of mild steel to get some leafy texture, before soldering them together.

I got this glorious faceted Hessonite garnet from a dealer who goes to India. It’s big, slightly cloudy and very red. I used wax wire to make the ring. It didn’t all fill, and I had to rebuild a section of the ring after casting.