Tudor Rose & Shot

Here are some more tudor rose earrings, this time with stones. The larger pairs have (l to r upper) turquoise and citron chyrsoprase. The smaller pair has garnet.

The larger pairs (~ an inch across) are in the simplified style. The smaller pair (~ 3/4 inch) is in the original style and has ten shot dispersed into the design. Shot are solid bits of sterling silver melted and pulled into spheres by the surface tension of the molten metal. They are named after similar bits, lead or steel usually, used as firearm projectiles.

These earrings all have the french-kidney wires which we make. These wires are both wrapped onto the earring and provided with a safety hook to help guard against loss.

The usual price for the simplified tudor rose earrings with stones is $50 and for the original style is $90. Of course, whenever you’re talking including stones, it’s possible to make choices which might add considerably to price.

All can be ordered small, medium or large sized. (Of which small and medium are pictured here, with large being ~ 1 1/4 inch across.)

As with all chassed pieces, reflection is a constant annoyance for the photography, and, as usual when I encounter such an impediment in this bloggy endeavor, I simply choose to ignore it.


Garnet Rings

A big gallery of some pretty lousy pictures of garnet rings. I was trying to show how lively and bright these stones are but washed out the silver work in the process. Probably won’t use this set-up again, but in the spirit of simple and repeatable we’re going to inflict them on everyone anyway. Waste not ….

Over the years (decades?) sterling silver rings with colored stones have become probably the major part of our work. Garnets are always a mainstay. Pictured here, left to right on the horizontal paint-brush picture are: 1. a 10 x 8 mm oval cabochon set in the filigre style ($141) 2. a 7 (ish) mm round faceted stone set in a winged thor ($196) 3. a 6 mm round faceted stone set in a filigre ring ($190) 4. a 5 x 7 mm oval cabachon set in a winged thor (with a twist bezel) ($191, that’s what the list says, seems high?) 5. a 4 x 6 mm faceted oval set in a twist ring($112.)

As always, sizing is included with the purchase, (mostly) free of additional charge.

Country Fair Rings & Sizing

Couple of rings we brought back from Oregon Country Fair, even though we sold them. Both of them are in the filigre style, named for the bits of wire work buttressing the sides of the bezel. One is a fairly bright garnet that’s sort of purple and is cut en cabachon (smooth & rounded.) The other is a really sparkly white sapphire with a facet cut. The setting  charge for this style is around $120 to $150. The garnet is a fairly affordable stone, and didn’t add too much to the price. The sapphire was more.

Sizing. The reason we’re bringing them home is because when we originally made them, it wasn’t in the size required by the eventual customer. As you can imagine, this happens a lot, and we have to be ready, willing and able to deal with it. Sometimes we can stretch them a bit on the spot and the customer can take their piece away with them, but usually we have to bring the ring back to the studio, unset the stone, and make a new setting in the required size. We promise shipment of the sized ring within four weeks. Sometimes there is a $10 shipping charge.

Often we can salvage much of the original metalwork for a new ring.

At the show, or anywhere else in person, we can figure out the size you need, but if you’re ordering remotely, online or by phone or something, then you need to know your size. Gauges are available online or perhaps someone already has one. In a pinch we usually have some available that we can mail fairly inexpensively.