Creativity works in mysterious ways.
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.
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.
I love this ring. Funny how I went into the studio feeling very blasé 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.