Some of you have seen the Opal half finished on my work bench, here is the completed double Opal bliss ring, for all you October birthday people out there and the ones born under the star sign of Libra. Also sending the ever changing colours to everyone that loves Opal as much as I do. Let the sparkle light up your day, today and every day.
This project took a lot of thought, it wasn't just a matter of smelting down and start again. This project was to keep treasured memories of holidays visiting an aunt in France alive, in a beautiful way.
Not just a massive 41mm coin stuck at the end of a chain, never to be worn. I must say I had to jump a few paradigms myself, my Dad had been collecting coins and I grew up in minted condition, everything has it's place and coins can't be touched.
Since this particular gem had lost it's minted luster already I just had to get over the cutting bit. I wanted to keep as much of the features in tact as possible and decided to make three interchangeable pendants to break up the size and seriousness of the original.
The centre piece was the start, then I cut carefully around the writing and very close to the edge, the motto "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité", crowned with a Peridot made the second pendant and I took the rim turned it inside out, shaped into a flowing motion, the wave between conscious thinking and intuition. Speckled with gemstones. An other white(silver), red gold combination. Keeping memories.
This is a special Birthday ring, made with 18ct rose gold, gemstones reused from an older ring. What a great sparkle to celebrate my work anniversary too. I can't decide does the cluster look like stars fallen from the sky or are the gems splashing water droplets, I used that nice thought for taking the photos. May abundance be with you all.
I understood yesterday, that it doesn't matter, if I make jewellery from a cherries pip, a beach stone or a diamond.
What is most important to me, is that the piece of jewellery you adorn yourself with connects to your soul.
So for example, if I eat a cherrie during an amazing life changing or happy moment, this pip will always remind me of it.
A space holder a time capsule of my personal journey, it mightn't mean anything to anyone else, but this pip incorporates all the magic of my memory, the story I'll tell my grand children, this tiny piece of wood was witness of that moment in time. It is an anchor for happiness and worth much more to me then a diamond, because it has the power to repeat this moment of happiness for me, every time I look at it. -I am reminded of how blessed I am.The pip is just an example. I have a ring with a stone from my sisters garden, a small piece of Germany, I can wear whenever I am homesick.
So keep your eyes open when happiness comes over you, it might be just a flicker, but it is up to you to seize the moment and repeat it over and over. Like the sea washes over the stone again and again until the tide changes.
I do love the sparkle of diamonds too and all the other amazing gem stones mother earth came up with, find a way to connect with your true self and see what colour and energy comes to you; to enrich your journey positively.
Young and tender blossoms, finally spring is here bringing us renewal and beauty, enjoy this organic shape to lead you through your own growth spurt. Recycled gold, blue Topaz.
I like to highlight a very important part of my work today.
Reuse, Recycle, Revalue.
Using your old jewellery, the precious heirlooms from your auntie on your mother's side the one you have never worn, or broken chains, to small rings, anything preferably hallmarked. I can smelt it down and make something amazing solid, something pretty, beautiful out of it.
Something special, that is just for you. With the added bonus it is totally safe gold, fair trade, you have decluttered the house and can look forward to a new sparkling piece of jewellery. I can work in the gemstones from the old jewellery or find a new one that matches your ideas, in my vast collection of natures treasures.
Find your old gold today and bring it up to date, like this 70th brooch is now a 2012 pendant. Happy End.
An heirlooms journey,
This is the story of a ring.
A ring, that was given as a wedding promise, a promise of infinite love, worn through this brides, this young woman’s life until later in life, where she took to wearing her husbands ring, still infinite and round.
After she was swept away by her destiny, she would take with her the husbands ring treasuring their love, until they would meet again.
Her ring, that was left behind, was also treasured and kept by her husband in the dark depth of the safe vault, only looked at occasionally.
The pain of happy memories and lost opportunities was faced, now only the constant rise of the gold price marvelled at, Gold as a commodity, soulless and cold. It was only a ring, but the warm loving late wife stayed with him, like a jewel in his heart.
Years passed, now it was the husband’s time to say goodbye to life, leaving this earth. And the way it is when circumstances change. The mother’s ring became very important, for it was all that was left, holding the eternal love between lovers, all that had been close, all the love of their parents.
So the four glorious daughters decided to share the ring in 4 equal quarters. Each daughter also chooses a gemstone intuitively, the wish of her soul, to fashion the unique gift and memory of her parents.
It took four month for the time to be right and the inspiration to be fluid, with spirals healing the cuts, infinity making room in the now. Ancestors passing on miracles through time and space. All contracts resolved all pain healed, Fairies helped to keep the magic flow, all pendants were finished at the brightest, longest day in the year. Summer Solstice. Now as the lovers dance continues in the heavens, the jewels happily sitting together, holding the light and love for the daughters to wear, awaiting the great day, when we meet again as sisters celebrating being part of this amazing Universe.
Sharing our gifts and laughter and infinite love.
Die Reise eines Erbstücks,
Dies ist die Geschichte eines Ringes. Ein Ring der als ein Hochzeitsversprechen gegeben wurde, ein Versprechen unendlicher Liebe, Getragen über das Leben einer Braut einer jungen Frau, bis später in ihrem Leben, als sie den Ring ihres Mannes trug, immer noch unendlich und rund.
Nachdem sie genommen wurde von ihrem Schicksal, nahm sie ihres Mannes Ring mit sich, zum Zeichen ihrer geschätzten Liebe, bis sie sich wieder treffen würden.
Ihr Ring, der zurückblieb wurde auch sehr von ihrem Ehemann geschätzt und in der tiefen Dunkelheit des Gewölbes verschlossen im Safe aufbewahrt nur gelegentlich beschaut.
Dem Schmerz der glücklichen Erinnerungen und der verlorenen Gelegenheiten wurde ins Auge gesehen, nun war es nur noch der konstante Anstieg des Goldpreises der bewundert wurde. Gold als eine Wertanlage, seelenlos und kalt. Es war nur ein Ring, doch die warme, liebende, verstorbene Frau war bei ihm, wie ein Juwel in seinem Herzen.
Jahre vergingen, nun war es Zeit für den Ehemann auf Wiedersehen zum Leben zu sagen, diese Erde zu Verlassen. Und wie es so ist wenn sich Umstände ändern. Bekam dieser Ring, der Ring der Mutter sehr wichtig. Er war alles was übrig blieb, er hielt die immerwährende Liebe zweier Liebenden, alles was nah war, all die Liebe ihrer Eltern.
Die vier wunderbaren Töchter entschieden sich, den Ring in gleiche Viertel zu teilen. Jede Tochter suchte sich dazu intuitiv einen Stein aus, der Wunsch ihrer Seele, das einzigartige Geschenk und Erinnerung an ihre Eltern zu wirken.
Es brauchte Vier Monate, bevor die Zeit richtig war und die Inspiration floss, mit Spiralen, welche die Schnitte heilten. Unendlichkeit machte Platz im Jetzt. Ahnen reichen Wunder durch Zeit und Raum. Alle Verträge aufgelöst alle Schmerzen geheilt.
Die Feen halfen die Magie fließen zu lassen, alle Anhänger waren fertig zum hellsten und längsten Tag des Jahres. Sommersonnenwende. Nun führt sich der Tanz der Liebenden im Himmel fort. Der Schmuck sitzt glücklich zusammen, hält das Licht und die Liebe für die Töchter bereit. Erwartet den großen Tag, wenn wir uns als Schwestern wieder sehen und feiern, Teil dieses erstaunlichen Universums zu sein. Unsere Talente teilen und Miteinander lachen, grenzenlose Liebe fließt.
They call it the gold of the Baltic Sea, but in fact it is fossilized tree resin.
Because it originates as a soft and sticky tree resin, amber sometimes contains animal and plant material as inclusions, giving us a look back in time, natural amber can be millions of years old.
It comes in different colours too from white, to yellow gold, brown, red, black and even the very rare blue of the amber from the Dominican Republic.
One of the greatest mysteries involves amber the famous Amber Chamber/ Das Bernsteinzimmer, which was said to weigh more than 6 tons.
In 1716 it was given by the Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm I. to his then ally Tsar Peter the Great of the Russian Empire.
It was looted during world war II. and then lost in the end of war chaos. The Question is: Was it destroyed when Koenigsberg Castle burned down, did it sink with the Wilhelm Gustloff, or is it still hidden somewhere… nobody knows the fate of this amazing piece of craftsmanship and history.