It’s possible that the title of this post makes no sense whatsoever.

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I will try to explain it by saying that this ring reminds me of Indian jewelry, which is generally 22 karat or higher and as a result, is a much richer gold color than the 14k jewelry you generally find in the United States.

So trying to think of a clever name for it, I thought of India, then Mumbai, then Bombay… I never did come up with a name for the ring, but hence the title of this post.

The ring is hand fabricated in 18k gold, with a bezel set ruby and two gold balls on either side of the bezel (which also reminds me of Indian jewelry).  It is a very simple little ring, and I’ve been wearing it stacked with my wedding band and a ring Mick bought me for Valentine’s Day.  (Okay, if you want to know the truth, I ordered the ring for myself and then told Mick he didn’t have to buy me a Valentine’s Day present).

Whenever I get kind of tired of making jewelry, as I did after the PAWSAPALOOZA event, I go back to making the more expensive stuff that takes longer to make and that I mostly keep for myself because I’d have to charge too much for both the materials and labor.  That’s always a problem with making hand-fabricated jewelry, at least for me, although many of the women in my studio have had varying levels of success selling their high end pieces.  Also, the harder I work on a piece, the less I want to give it up.

Going back to basics like this helps me rediscover why I love making jewelry so much and it feels more like an art than a production line.

2 Replies to “Paging Dr. Bombay”

  1. Antoinette says: July 4, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    First things first.
    “Dr. Bombay” was acutally the Dr’s name from Bewitched. When she needed him she would say “Paging Dr. Bombay, Dr. Bombay I need you! Come right away” and then POOF he would appear. Never carrying such beautiful jewelry though. I wonder if that didn’t stick in your subconcious when you named the post, cause it’s the first thing I thought of “How cute! She liked Betwitched!”
    Now, I ADORE THE RING. It’s simple and beautiful. Classic. I could agree with you more about making “art” for yourself. If you love it, others will too. Before I put a price tag on an item of mine (or give it as a gift) I ask myself “would I buy this if I saw it.” If the answer is no, I take it apart or recycle it into something else, etc. I also “test drive” a lot of my pieces to make sure they will wear well and hold up well.
    The ring is amazing. You are a very talented artist. I’d have a super hard time selling this one too.

  2. Holly says: July 4, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    Wow, thanks for all the nice words! I did know that Dr. Bombay was on Bewitched but forgot to mention that in my post though. Happy 4th!

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