Photo by Daniel Krucoff
Sometimes I find that the simplicity in a design is all that is needed for the piece to make a real statement. The stone in this ring is one I bought from Gary B Wilson. A deep, rich purple in this particular Tiffany Stone. It’s the first ring I’ve made where I’ve set a stone.
One of the things I am discovering is when I go into my studio and have no idea what I want to make next, I start looking at my stones and pulling a few out as possibilities. This particular stone has been in and out of my stone boxes as I deliberated. Sometimes I thought about making a pendant with this one, another time it seemed like something at would work in a bracelet with the right combination of other stones. But, nothing ever clicked.
A little over a month ago, I was in one of those moods, and started pulling stones. Of course, this one made it to the ‘pondering tray’. I also had rings on my mind and had a few pieces of decorative wire on the work bench. Then it clicked. Something simple. The stone would speak for itself. The metal that would showcase it would be simple, understated.
The pattern on the top band is a classic Greek design. I’ve used it for bails and other decorative elements. On this particular day I wanted to overlay it on a piece of silver and then set this beautiful stone. It just came together. No sketches, none were really needed. It was just the fun of picking out a few bits and pieces and visualizing them coming together to make this ring.
Based on the end result, I know I will continue with my creative exercise of what if I put this and this together? Have any of you done this? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.