Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Recent Rings!

Rose Cut Medieval Pink Sapphire Ring in  Sterling Silver
This past weekend was the first time in a long time that I have allowed myself  to play at my bench.  I wanted to work with these native cut gemstones that I bought a few years ago.  I love irregularly faceted stones. As things get more industrial and perfect, I find that I like to celebrate the things that look more natural. These "native cut" gemstones were cut just outside the mine. The stone cutter maximizes the amount of stone that can be cut by keeping as much material as possible--this also gives the stone its irregular shape. Each facet is cut by hand (using eyes without a machine to line up the facets) in which an experienced stone cutter uses slight angle variations while cutting to create a row of facets.

Rose Cut Medieval Prehnite Ring in Sterling Silver
It feels really good to be able to work!