Creativity works in mysterious ways.

Moonlight Sonata Ring

Sometimes ideas come at me so fast I can hardly keep up with them.  Other times, I can’t think of a worthwhile project to save my life.  Yesterday, which is the day I go to my jewelry studio, was one of those times.  In fact, I almost didn’t go because I didn’t want to waste time and materials on something that I would just end up melting down later.

Luckily, I wasn’t at a total loss for ideas.  Last week when I made the Love Token, I had also intended to make a charm for a women’s necklace, but I didn’t have time to finish it.  I did, however, begin the project by milling my gold and drawing a circle on it.

Moonlight Sonata Ring - Cutting a circle

Going to the studio yesterday, I had the vague feeling I wanted to make a ring with a thin band using this circle, but I wasn’t at all sure what else I would do to it.  I set about cutting the circle out and milled some gold into about 18g round wire for the band and soldered it all together, which resulted in a plain ring with a gold disc on it.  Cool enough I guess, but a bit boring.

I found a bezel with a jump ring soldered to it which I’d made months ago, intending to set it with an aquamarine for a pair of earrings (the second bezel turned out too large for the stones so I never finished them).  Finding it yesterday, I decided it would make the perfect addition to my ring and I soldered it on top, then set my aquamarine and attached an imperial topaz bead as a dangle.

Moonlight Sonata Ring - Close Up

I love this ring.  Funny how I went into the studio feeling very blas√© about creating anything at all and coming out with a piece I not only love but am really proud of.  Maybe there’s a lesson to be learned here?

I call it Moonlight Sonata because it reminds me of a beautiful, starry night.  This is one ring I definitely won’t be selling any time soon, but if you’re interested in commissioning a similar piece, email me.  This is fabricated in 18k yellow gold but I could also do it in sterling silver.

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One Reply to “Moonlight Sonata Ring”

  1. Antoinette says: February 14, 2007 at 11:29 am

    BEAUTIFUL HOLLY!!!!
    That came out so nice. It’s so very unique too. I love it. Great idea. Inspiration is indeed funny. I’m glad you let it guide you and made something you’re happy with.

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