lapis pendant 

Fabricated Sterling and lapis cabochon.  A little over an inch long.

This is a piece from a while back.  I was looking through some of my previous work to find some I could use as gifts, and ran across this again.  I had forgotten about it.  A single piece serves as the bail and holds the stone.  It articulates at the rivet that holds it and the horseshoe shaped wire.  I seem to include movement in many of the pieces.

This close up shows the details.  The lapis is a nice piece with a gold fleck (not so visible here) near the center.

I’m trying to show the scale here.

Another view.

And one more, showing how it is worn suspended from a chain.  Let me know what you think.

old world pendant


Forged Sterling pendant.  About 2 inches long.  It’s a single piece, with an added embellishment (a riveted jump ring).

I found an odd shaped scrap piece in my sweeps drawer and started hammering on it.  This is what came of it.


You can get an idea of its size here.  It’s almost 2/10 of an inch thick.


This is the reverse.


Here’s the detail of the jump ring.  I wasn’t thinking this would be for suspending it, rather, I just liked the look of it.


And two more.  Not much of a story with this one.  I was simply messing around with a form in my head and this is what it gave me.  I like it.

sleeping beauty turquoise pendant


Another variant of the turquoise shadow box theme.  This one is a little larger, and lighter (22g silver) than my previous versions (see the June 19 post below for one other).  This one is just under  1 1/4″ in diameter, and with the bail it’s just over 1 3/4 inches.  The bail articulates on a long rivet (going through the tube at the top of the disk).


The turquoise is especially fun on this one.  It’s a 9mm round cabochon of Sleeping Beauty turquoise.  The Sleeping Beauty turquoise comes only from a single mine in Arizona and is known for its vibrant sky blue color and absence of veining or webbing.  The stone used for this piece is in its natural form–no stabilization or dying.  It’s been sitting in storage since it was mined and cut during the 1970s.  I was pleased to build a setting around it.


This image shows the color and shape well.  A bit of the bail articulation is also visible.


The reverse.  It’s domed with the same radius as the front.


Two more views highlighting the dimension.


Here’s where it looks best.

Silver Cross with Citrine


This heavy Greek, or Morning Star, cross is fabricated silver. The cross itself is just over an inch long, with the complete piece being just under 2 inches. The citrine stone is set in a silver bezel, with a thin disk of 14k gold behind it for a bit more reflectivity.

The double bail was a different take for me. I think it works. The piece is relatively small, and heavy. The citrine cabochon is only 4mm. I think it is the smallest bezel set I’ve done.


A few more views. It’s mostly what I had in mind.