Three rings that fit me. Some of our styles are heavier, wider, bigger than others. Some are lighter. We try to make a good distribution. Anybody can buy any kind they want. But these ones fit me.
From the top down these rings are: 1. A double braid ring with a moss agate ($175) 2. A lisa ring with a fire agate ($165) 3. A winged thor ring with twist bezel and a black onyx ($170).
Green moss agate is a stone from India, and was a perennial favorite among the rock hounds who I hung out with a lot back in the early days. All the moss agate we have to set are cut into gems in our studio.
Over the years we did a lot of the lapidary work in our pieces. Those days are probably mostly in the past but we still have a lot of rough and all the equipment (in better working order than its operators) so occasionally some cutting gets done still.
For us, the piece we call a necklace has the chain permanently attached. A pendant has the chain separate. Often the chain on a necklace is one which we make ourselves. We call the chain on this necklace a bones chain. (We also call the necklace style a bones necklace, but that’s a fairly obscure designation.) The design here is a version of the heart wing.
The stones on this are all ones we carved and polished ourselves. They are in a stone ordinarily called black onyx. Onyx is a gem name with an ancient and confused heritage. In my mind, it is properly a black and white banded agate from which cameos can be carved. Sardonyx is the read and white version. Silver onyx is, on another hand, a soft, white, banded stone like alabaster. Black onyx might properly be black agate, which it normally is, except nowadays it’s almost always color enhanced. The material we use for black onyx is dark agate dyed black. We find it a wonderful medium: hard, tough, uniform, easily polishable, and, as far as we have noticed or anyone has reported, completely colorfast.
This piece has just about everything we ever put into a necklace including the filigree wire-work on the reverse. According to the anticipated price on the design sheet, we once had great hope for it, and, while we still love it, we might be ready to negotiate that a bit.