It has been a while since the blog had a bit of attention – but I have been really busy creating lots of lovely new jewellery so hopefully sharing a few of those today will more than make up for it. I am taking part in the Open Studios Ayrshire event in April this year which has given me a real focus for getting some ranges of jewellery together. It has also focused my mind on getting some suitable display designs together too, but I’ve had less inspiration on that front so far.
Rings seem to have been where my creative inspiration is at just now. Handmade rings are so beautiful, you get lovely feel to them and they have a tactile quality that you just don’t get with a cast ring. Please don’t get me wrong – I have a place in my heart for cast designs, but somwhere along the line my real love is a handformed ring. And so it is with these rings today.
The first ring has a beautiful little faceted amethyst set asymmetrically on a silver band that has an undulating edge on one side. I’m really pleased with the flow and character that this ring has. The amethyst is also a really very pretty colour – a clear light purple, not the most intense amethyst in the world, but with a beautiful glow to it, almost a kind of heather purple. I’ve already listed this amethyst ring on Etsy and it would make a fabulous Mother’s Day gift, especially if your Mum’s birthday is in February since amethyst is February’s birthstone.
Next up is a ring that is a bit of an experiment for me. It is teeny, it only just fits my pinkie finger (that will be little finger to non-UKers) and is only a shade bigger than a size K. I made it this size as I was inspired by the current trend for knuckle rings that are cropping up all over Etsy and Instagram. And I also had this really pretty little blue sapphire that was looking for a home. And I always have some silver to hand. So put them together and what have you got? Well hopefully you agree it is a cute little knuckle ring!
The third ring for today is a different beast altogether. It is a great generous chunk of a ring, made of sterling silver and set with a stunning blue moonstone and two teardrop cabochon peridots. I am delighted with how it has turned out, but it is proving a bit of a devil to polish up, so it is still a work in progress on that front. Hopefully it will get finished soon and I’ll share the final version – watch this space!