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