Saturday, November 29, 2008

Handmade Gold Jewelry

Creating a magnificent piece of jewelry requires attention to detail at every stage of the process. Handmade jewelry needs patience and meticulous care. Here are a few steps that you need to go through:

Sample 1:  Circle Pendant
With this piece, I am creating a circle pendant.  The picture below shows the back of the pendant.  Each square is cut out by hand using a very fine saw.  Look carefully, you can see the saw blade cutting one of the squares.  The saw is the thickness of a few human hairs.

Below is the  front of the Circle Pendant. I am testing out a few gemstone color options.  The top pendant shows various hued spessartite gemstones, the bottom has a mixture of aquamarine and citrine.

Sample 2: Gold Pave Earrings
I created a set of pave earrings in gold.  This is what they look like before the earring post and stones have been set.

Below, the gemstones are being individually set.  I am using a combination of pink tourmaline and aquamarine pave which is a color combination that I love.  To set the stones, the earring is first placed in a special heated plastic compound.  When the plastic cools, it forms a rock-hard vice around the earring.  This allows me to set the stones using a lot of force to bend the prongs and cut out any excess metal without damaging the exterior of the earring.

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