Now that I have finished the repousse and the bezel for the ammolite, it’s time to start piecing together the brooch. I have to be certain of the layout and how both sections relate to the center fire opal gem. I will accomplish this mostly using the laser welder.
As I continue to build the Ammolite Brooch I have decided to create a gold shape using an ancient technique called repoussé. It will be opposite of the bezel set ammolite. It is a method of metalsmithing that I enjoyed in school.
The ammolite will be set in a full bezel; a narrow band that follows the entire contour of the gem. The height of the bezel is just slightly higher than the thickness of the gem so when it is pushed over (set) it will secure the gem in place.
I like the free form shape of the ammolite in contrast with the traditional round cut of the fire opal. I also like the variation in shapes, textures and even brilliance.
Showpiece; a jewelry piece created to enter into a “show” or competition. It is not commissioned by a customer or to fill the jewelry case. It is a jewelry creation that may take many hours to complete. A showpiece should challenge your jewelry skills at every level… without a concern about it selling.
Jewelry designer and craftsman Dennis deJonghe, of deJonghe Original Jewelry, in Saratoga Springs, has collaborated with his son Evan to create a new Spirit of Life pendant.
Dennis recently created a new style of earrings to fit specially cut “bullet” stones. Two new pair were created – one pair of Lapis Lazuli earrings set in 18k yellow gold and a pair of black jade set in 14k white gold.
Looking for something bold? Here’s a combination of rough crystals with finely cut gems, palladium metal with 18k yellow gold, and a variety of colors that is sure to grab your attention. This rough tanzanite pendant is a new addition to our one-of-a-kind collection. It’s especially hard these days to get rough crystals of tanzanite…
This year’s CASE Jewelry Awards proved to be a competitive field with major designers from across the United States. Every year, Jewelers of America host a national design competition for Jewelers called the CASE Jewelry Awards. We decided to enter a custom, one-of-a-kind Aquamarine ring set in palladium into this year’s competition. 2013 Jewelry Award Winner –…