In my other profession as a symphonic violist, I unfortunately am limited with my jewelry accessorizing. Wearing bracelets is out since they clank distractingly against the instrument. For that reason, I don’t often think to design bracelets. However, I do love them and on my days off, in addition to enjoying that I can wear perfume (another no-no in our orchestra contract), I usually wear my charm bracelet with the 5 charms that I hand-fabricated at the bench. Perhaps a testament to both my musical background and my passion for jewelry – I love to hear the jingling of the charms as they bump against my watch band.
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, she shall have music wheverever she goes…
Variation #3 would require a basket setting with tube prongs so that the round brilliant diamonds could be tube-set. One designer who uses this technique to great advantage is Julia Behrends. Tomorrow I’ll be posting the 4th and final variation I created around this beautiful designer-cut morganite by John Dyer.
I’ve been very fortunate to become friends with John Dyer, multiple award-winning gemstone cutter. John is an inspiration to me not only because of his extraordinary talent and drive, but because of his love for gems and jewelry making, and his warmth and openness to people and cultures around the world. John is also fluent in Portuguese (he spends a good part of his time in Brazil) so we have something else in common! I did a series of four pendant designs inspired by one of John’s designer-cut Morganites. This is the first of these. Please visit John’s website to see more of his wonderful work.
One of my best qualities is an abundance of energy, drive and focus. It is also one of my worst qualities, too. Knowing when to stop is hard for me. I was reminded of the importance (once again) of taking time for myself this morning when I talked to one of my dearest friends. The CAD rendering inspired by the lotus blossom I did today is not exactly proof of “doing nothing”, but it is proof of my renewed commitment to trying to live in the moment.
Tonight’s CAD rendering is a preview of my newest design in the Shadows Collection. Entitled Seascape, these earrings will be hand-pierced in Argentium Sterling Silver with flush-set round brilliant diamonds. They will be given a patinaed finish to blacken the metal. Please visit my shop at Etsy to see the Autumn Leaves earrings which form a part of this collection, as well as several other newly listed pieces.
Last Christmas I decided to gift my aunt, who loves rhinos, with a jewelry design inspired by none else but the rhino! I started out with a colored pencil sketch of the beast, and from there played around with design elements inspired by the animal. In particular, I found the shape of the horn to be very interesting:
A ring design evolved for me from there. Because my aunt has ties to Africa, Zimbabwe in particular, through her daughter who owns a coffee farm there with her husband, I wanted the ring to contain colors of the flag of Zimbabwe.
Today’s colored pencil and gouache pendant rendering is also an “oldie but goodie”. I did this one shortly after coming home from attending the GIA Quick Design Lab in NY in March 2006. Vellum paper is very useful for doing quick renderings. Vellum’s semi-transparent nature not only allows you to do handy overlays (to show different design options without having to create a whole new rendering), but also makes for great scans since the light from the scanner illuminates metal, diamonds and gemstones from beneath and adds life to them. In addition, with vellum, if you go with a light hand and are careful, you can lift off any gouache mistakes you might have made with an exacto knife.
Having spent my earliest years happily playing on the beaches in Portugal, I feel a sense of home around the ocean. For me there is nothing like the sound of the surf crashing onto the shore, the clean invigorating scent of salt water, and the amazing sensation of being carried along by the waves. I’ve also noticed that everything tastes better when eaten at the beach. Some of my most fond memories of beach food in Portugal are the crisp kettle-cooked homemade potato chips (sold by a vendor trudging across the beach hawking his wares) and the Olá (Portugal’s version of the Good Humor ice-cream brand) ice-cream treats.
Since I’m miles away from my native country and no trip to visit is in sight, I can only pay homage to what I love most here with my designs, my words, and my imagination. Até breve!