star sapphire in sterling

Fabricated from 14 g Sterling and Star Sapphire.

The inspiration for this ring came while I was rereading Lilith by George MacDonald.  Here’s the section:

“The sun was very bright, but I doubted if the day would long be fine, and looked into the milky sapphire I wore, to see whether the star in it was clear. It was even less defined than I had expected. I rose from the breakfast-table, and went to the window to glance at the stone again. There had been heavy rain in the night, and on the lawn was a thrush breaking his way into the shell of a snail.
As I was turning my ring about to catch the response of the star to the sun, I spied a keen black eye gazing at me out of the milky misty blue. The sight startled me so that I dropped the ring, and when I picked it up the eye was gone from it. The same moment the sun was obscured; a dark vapour covered him, and in a minute or two the whole sky was clouded. The air had grown sultry, and a gust of wind came suddenly. A moment more and there was a flash of lightning, with a single sharp thunder-clap. Then the rain fell in torrents.”

Here it is in the sunlight.  The star is quite clear testifying to a sunny day.

Even without the sun revealing the star, the sapphire is quite enchanting.  Alas, I have yet to see an eye looking back at me from out of the stone.  I’ll keep looking, however.

The shank is rather heavy, 14 gauge.

articulated crosses

Fabricated Sterling.  Approximately 1 1/2 inches.

This pair of crosses was commissioned for a confirmand and sponsor.  They’re a variation of some I’ve done previously.  These are smaller, and with a little difference in emphasis.

This shows one of the crosses with a chain.

These articulate for movement.

too much Christmas cheer

Fabricated Sterling and commercial chain.

I’m just playing around with the bells.

Admittedly, it’s a little ridiculous. But it sure was fun.

It’s just what Mrs. Claus needs on a cold winter night.

hanging garnet and aquamarine pendant 

Fabricated silver, garnet and aquamarine beads.  Approximately 1 1/2 inches.

A derivative of an older design (see the post dated June 11).  This is a commissioned piece.  I think it works.

Out in the sunshine showing a bit of the stones’ depth.

One more, a close up.  All the pieces pivot on the rivet going through the bail.

garnet ring

Fabricated Sterling, 14k gold bezel, and garnet. This is one from a while ago.  I think it has a medieval vibe going.

Out of the light the stone looks black.  Now there’s a metaphor for you.

chi rho wall cross

Sterling.  Approx. 4 inches.

The sheet stock that makes up the bulk of the form is reclaimed Sterling and hand-milled to a thickness of 22 gauge.  The cross-piece is 10 gauge wire.

A variant of the Chi Rho (see the July 4 post below).  This will also be a wedding gift for a Christian family.

How it looks hanging on our wall.

Detail showing the join.Still on the bench.  The ruler might give you an idea of the scale.

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