With the Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug out today, I was thinking a lot about dragons. I read the Hobbit when I was a kid and I don’t remember too much from the book, just the highlights. What I do remember was that Smaug had quite the collection of metalwork. Jewels, gold, goblets, things like that.
I have a vivid memory of imagining the dragon with his jewel encrusted belly, all the bracelets, goblets, coins and gems glistening in the torchlight. How awesome is that?! Then I watched Colbert and saw that there is a woman who had a platinum heart surgically implanted in her eye. HER EYE! Maybe it isn’t so magnificent to be jewel encrusted after all…
But I still hope to see all of Smaug’s jeweled barnacles when I get to the movie this week. I hope it’s sparkly.
PS I’m not sure if I mentioned this in the past, but my hubby lost his wedding ring on our honeymoon…in New Zealand…where they filmed part of Lord of the Rings…while riding a horse that was in the movie…
I don’t often use gemstones, though lately I’ve been using some to add a little sparkle to some of my jewelry. Here are some of my favorites.
Garnet – These stones come in a wide variety of colors. Reds, greens, oranges, pinks, purples. But deep blood red is my favorite.
Amethyst – This used to be my number two stone, but I was off it for a while. No reason. But now it’s back in the mix and the dark purple really sucks you in.
Peridot– An acid green that contrasts really well with amethyst, I think. It’s lighter
than a lot of the stones I use, but the color is different enough that I still love it.
Blue Topaz – Topaz is another stone that comes in all sorts of colors. Deep London Blue is probably my favorite though.
Agates & Jaspers – You’ve seen some of the stunning examples of these stones in my collars and other larger pieces. I love the layers, patterns, and deep colors that are found in these stones. Best of all, the US is a great spot to find them.
Pyrite – Sure it’s known as Fool’s Gold, but the dark golden tone (especially when it’s in a cab with that graphite grey around it) it a dark treasure.
You can find more examples of my gemstone-containing work in my Etsy shop.
For the first Cuffmas offering, I went with the winter theme and decided on the London Blue Topaz set in this sterling silver fold formed cuff. The cuff was first textured and then I formed the lozenge shape and two wedges. The lozenge shape was then textured further using the technique known as “chasing over air.” The sheet was then formed into a cuff shape and the setting added. It was then oxidized for that luscious darkness, and the stone then set into the prong setting.
There will be daily updates on my blog and via email, highlighting a different cuff each day. I am also providing free gift wrap and I’ll even ship it directly to the gift recipient, just please mention if you would like either of these options when ordering the cuff.