2 December 2014

Diamond Newen Days Ring

Diamond 'Newen Days' Ring.
"There's the olden days and there's... the newen days."
I'm interested in old things, as you know from reading this blog,
- but I look forward to new things even more.
This is a half-moon cut diamond set in 18ct yellow gold.
I think this will make a beautiful engagement ring.
So ask her.

6 October 2014

Fiori stud Earrings

A stud version of the Fiori earrings in 9k rose gold. I made the rose coloured alloy up myself, so its a very subtle shade of pink. (see earlier post about the making process). These are available at Pieces Of Eight right now, and here on the Golden Smith Shop very soon.

3 October 2014

Jasper and Turquoise

This ring was a custom request for a variation on my Newen Days ring with spidery turquoise and an arc of jasper. The gold was recycled. The customer's fiancé found the red jasper on a field trip - I love that kind of personal significance. It was tricky to cut in this shape though!

15 August 2014

Golden Ratio Ring

A ring designed to rhyme with your finger bones. But not too precise. It has a warmth.
You can buy this 9k gold version from The Golden Smith Shop.
Also available in silver, platinum or 22k gold by request.

14 July 2014


New batch of David Neale earrings at Pieces of Eight in Melbourne. Gold-plated silver.
International folks; please email me if  you'd like a pair...
US$300- Free shipping to anywhere.

19 June 2014

Old Game

All thats left of this game is the bone bits. I wonder if the missing tiles were wood. It is some kind of egyptian checkers- Im guessing the object is to get your pieces to the other end(?). Very sculptural.
British Museum.

18 June 2014

Gold Beater

History of Metalworking:
Beating gold into sheet or foil by hand-hammering.
Note also lattice flooring- if you drop something precious, it gets compartmentalised.

14 May 2014

Advice To My Younger Self

Thanks to Debbie Pryor from Craft for an interesting interview, 10-odd years on from when my work was in Fresh! '03.
 Read the rest here  -includes Advice To My Younger Self. 
Ah yes, 20/20 hindsight.

5 May 2014

Hermann Jünger rarity

Here's a rarity:
A Hermann Jünger brooch, 1960/70 at auction. (auctionata)
Also a rarity- a chance to see the back! Something I have never seen.
Jünger's maker's mark is a standing bird- and looks to me as though he's engraved the stamp himself-
a nice touch.
I was not expecting to see the square wire framework supporting the composition- very interesting.
There's a freeness in the face composition, and then a lot of formal, organised work to hold it together underneath.
There is always lots of things going on in a Jünger piece;
claw-setting, bezel setting, enamelling, granulation, fusing- a kind of playful game, mixing things up...
you'll see an emerald next to green glass, ivory next to white enamel.

15 April 2014

Gold Loom Bands?

2,000 year old Loom Band?
Or as the style is known to jewellers;
'Loop-in-loop' chain

10 March 2014

Golden Ratio Rings

Golden Ratio Rings
In silver, set with white marble and lapis lazuli

Horseshoe Nail Ring

A gold horseshoe nail ring I made recently as a custom request.
Its a classic form that I've never made before, so it was fun to forge out the geometry with hammer and anvil. I wanted it to have a forgey, satiny, textural finish, so I didn't polish it.

18 February 2014


My work was featured on the Pinterest Blog… shucks!

27 January 2014


Francois Pompon

24 January 2014

24k Horse Pendant

I love working with pure gold- not typically used for today's jewellery, being somewhat softer than the lower alloys, but the trick is to make it proportionally hefty, then it is very robust, and… well…


 Silver or 18k Horse Pendants can be adopted from
 or the rare 24k breed by special request, 

23 January 2014

Gold Stud Earrings- Custom

Custom-made gold studs 
-that can spin!
Got ideas you'd love to crystallise?

22 January 2014

Pine Needles- Black

Pine Needle pendant
Blackened Silver

Yours at The GoldenSmith Shop