Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Simply Sterling Cuff

Charoite and Gaspeite

I always love Charoite, and I was especially pleased with the way this Gaspeite set turned out...

Monday, December 2, 2013


I don't think I've posted pictures of one of my other artistic endeavors here before, but I make cowboy and shamans from old wood that I recycle, and this is the first horse I made. I've been wanting to make one for awhile, but the jewelry keeps my pretty busy. Then I got an order for a horse to go with a cowboy someone had ordered early in the summer, so I finally had an excuse to take the time to make a horse. I really like the way her turned out, and am looking forward to working on another next spring when it warms up again!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Multi-Stone Sonoran Sunset Cuff

Another style of Sonoran Sunset cuff bracelet! This was an order, and I have another cuff to make yet as an order. It's coming, Pat!

Huge Sonoran Sunset Cuff Bracelet

A large--ok, really large!--Sonoran Sunset cuff bracelet that I recently made. This stone was found a few years ago in northern Sonora, Mexico, and is sometimes called Sonora Sunrise. The bright reds, oranges, blacks and turquoise colors are simply stunning together! This stone is mostly the red tones, and I created this cuff in my 'funky' style. Definitely an attention-getter!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Large Chrysocolla Pendant

I wanted to make a pendant with this gorgeous Chrysocolla in Matrix stone all winter. The stars finally aligned, and I am super happy with the way it turned out!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Natural Chunk of Raw Amethyst Ring

I love this chunk of Amethyst! This large stone has a darker streak of vivid purple running thru it, a rich, wet look and a high profile. This ring is not for the faint of heart! I soldered on some sterling accents and oxidzed between them so that the black would show off the purple-yummy!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tucson Gem Show Trip 2013

When going to Tucson, I like to stop overnight in Globe, Arizona, so that I have an early morning drive through Saguaro cactus country on my way to the first show. It's so peaceful and beautiful. And when I stopped to take these pictures, I found several great 'treasures' for my art projects that people had thrown out. One man's junk....

Tucson Gem Show

I had a very satisfying trip to Tucson, and really liked those 75 degree temps!!! I got lots of great treasures--I was especially happy to get some opal and boulder opal cabs. I also found some nice, freeform labradorite cabs, in addition to some larimar, charoite, seraphinite, and pietersite cabs. I also got some great raw aquamarines, citrines, and turquoise nuggets, and some nice mini slabs of azurite, sonoran sunset, rhodochrosite and larimar. Also, a bunch of cool beads, including amethyst, keshi pearls, spiny oyster and copal. I enjoyed seeing some of my dealer buddies--good luck with the wedding, Deb! And it's always nice to find some new dealers that I will look for next time I go. Tucson is the place to see the biggest and best amethyst cathedrals, and I rather liked these petrified wood benches...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Belt Buckle

Another custom order. I was asked to make a men's belt buckle, which I had not done before. It was a bit tricky for me to heat so much silver, but I finally got the torch setting figured out. I love the stone, which is black, gold and white turquoise, or basically turquoise matrix. I am happy with the buckle, and hope that my customer will be, too!

Boulder Opal Bolo Tie

This is a custom order that I did, using his gorgeous Boulder Opal stone. I was really pleased with the way it turned out, and so, thankfully, was he!