In the Studio :: it is safe to say, I am obsessed

It's no secret, I'm addicted to gemstones.  And my latest gemstone obsession is anything and everything mossy, rutilated, and tourmalinated.  So when I came across these one of a kind beauties, I absolutely had to have them.  Absolutely.  It's not every day that you come across brilliant-cut gems (with pavilion facets and a table front surface, usually cut for settings) that are drilled like briolettes...AND they're an assortment of tourmalinated and rutilated quartz in various glorious colors!  I couldn't resist.  It didn't matter that I really couldn't afford them or that I had no idea what I would do with them.  I just knew that if I didn't buy them, I would lose sleep (yep, that's my purchase meter).  So after receiving them a few weeks ago, they just sat on my work table, gleaming at me.  And finally...I had some time this past weekend to play with them.. and this is what I made.

I wire-wrapped each gem individually onto hand forged and hammered sterling silver wire, then wrapped the entire piece in a delicate oxidized sterling chain.  Each stone is so gorgeous on its own, but I thought they were even more brilliant together in one piece.  I also made a couple smaller pieces as well.



The thing I love about all of these pieces is that you can wear them with the flat surface forward, or with the pavilion side forward.. both ways are equally stunning.  Now they're just waiting to be finished with some sterling silver chain.  I can't decide if I should oxidize the chain or not.  What's your recommendation?  Once I finish these pieces, they'll be available in my shop.  Maybe... only if I can bear to part with them.  ;)

I also have a few other pieces that I finished in gold that I'll share with you shortly.

As always, thank you for stopping by!


Fringe said...

Oh my goodness! Those are amazingly beautiful. You simply must save at least one for yourself.

Can't wait to see the finished designs...I'm certain they'll be breathtaking.


eNVe said...

thank you! i probably will keep one..not sure which yet. maybe i'll list them all and the last one left i'll keep.. that way, it was meant to be mine. :)

Som's Studio said...

These are stunning! I would definitely use oxidized (and then polished) silver for the chain.

eNVe said...

yes, the chain already on the pieces are oxidized.. and I keep going back and forth between polished or oxidized for the chain... maybe I'll do one strand oxidized and one polished (in the same piece)..hmmm..

thanks for your input. :)

Wild Woman Jewelry said...

simply stunning!

tuula said...

Wow! They look incredible! I love the way you wrapped the chain around them, very cool design!