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.
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.
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.
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.
Having fun with foliage:
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 made this for a client’s wedding ring. The deep cuts mean the ring will last.