30 September 2013

Ancientish Earrings

Earrings, gold and turquoise.
A recent commission that I've just completed, for "a pair of hinged earrings with some sort of turquoise element". Ancient Roman earrings were an inspiration. The entire piece is hand-fabricated, meaning that all the pieces are shaped and joined- directly from gold. I cut the stones to an oblate ovoid shape, leaving them slightly irregular and setting them in a rugged bezel (the collar that holds the stone) for that ancient look. Mill-grained edges and contoured hinge-fingers are an echo of the granulation and decorative rolled wire that you might see on ancient gold-work.When you make little gold structures like these, with several elements and features, the construction strategy- that is, the sequence of tasks- becomes increasingly consequential. For example, if you solder a very thin bit of gold onto a hefty one, the thin one can easily melt whilst the hefty one is just getting warm. These kind of problems compound as the all the elements come together. The stone-setting comes almost at the end of the sequence, with the final touch being to make the texture of the gold just right, all over. For me this is a mixture of polishing, burnishing, and stoning- a natural mid-point between high-polish (which the gold won't hold for long, being a soft metal) and matte, (which the gold wont hold for long... being a soft metal!)
Trivia; Turquoise is called that because it was said to be sourced from Turkey.

18 September 2013


This handsome object is a wooden plate known as a trencher. Apparently this form of medieval tableware began, originally, as a crust of stale bread to put food on- and then given to the poor at the end of the meal.
Eventually the bread idea was phased out I suppose, because they started making trenchers from wood.
And then the poor ate... cake?

Anyway, I love the circle/ square design- Deiter Rams couldn't have done better.

9 September 2013

Engraved Wedding Ring

A recent wedding band I forged and hand-engraved.
Best wishes for the happy day, M 'n' C!

4 September 2013

Peas in a Pod

New pendants I made today.

Peas-in-a-pod; perhaps it could mean You and Your Loved Ones
-or maybe you just love peas!

Carnelian, nephrite, lapis lazuli, tourmaline and turquoise peas in silver pods.
 You can get these directly from me in The Golden Smith Shop for a limited time.
You could also ask me about custom number/colour combo of peas...