I make a lot of rings, large cocktail-type rings in particular. Part of the reason is that when I buy gemstones I am always attracted to big stones with little regard to what I might be able to do with it later. Cocktail rings are lots of fun to wear, however, so I don’t think that’s such a bad habit. For design sake, though, I’ve been trying to buy only smaller stones lately.
Here is one of my first (and best) examples of a cocktail ring:
18k yellow gold, peridot
I made this ring fairly early on in my jewelry instruction. It is entirely hand fabricated from 18k yellow gold and bezel set with an emerald cut peridot. It is probably one of the best rendered rings I’ve ever done and I still wear it a lot.