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.

sapphire pendant 

Fabricated Sterling and sapphire. Approximately 3/8 inches. 

This little pendant is for my granddaughter. It’s not her birthstone, but sapphire is the color of her beautiful eyes.  The bail and the three rivets holding it together are 14 karat gold. The rest is Sterling. 

lapis pendent

Fabricated Sterling and lapis lazuli. Approximately 1 inch.

This is a brushed finish, giving it a bit of patina.  I thought it suited this piece well.

The image below shows the articulation.  I like to give the pieces movement.

 

 

This is the sketch I started with.

 

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