This one is still a work in progress – but is entirely made from sterling silver D-shaped wire and sterling silver sheet. The stone is lapis lazuli, which has been given a slight matt finish to contrast with the highly polished silver. We’re mainly experimenting with different techniques at the moment, not to mention constantly rearranging the workshop for the most ideal layout (so I can stop smacking my head on the bench peg every time I bend down to get a mandrel or doming punch etc).
This one shows the stone before we took the high polish off with a bit of tripoli (pulses racing whilst we did it) – we still have a larger, AAA grade, oval lapis with a high polish, which we intend on putting into silver at some point. Slightly overwhelmed with the sheer number of cabochons and cut stones we actually have in stock.. they accumulate and then you do a stock check and realise that perhaps you can’t really justify 50 black onyx cabs, 12 chrysoprase, 4 Andamooka matrix, 6 white sapphires and so on!