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Giant Citrine Silver Ring

  • September 14, 2013 12:41 PM

I have always loved to use the Repousse technique when handcrafting a piece of jewelry. Instead of using wax to create certain forms and having them cast to sterling silver shapes, I sometimes simply take a piece of flat silver and hammer it to a certain form. Sometimes I spend many enthusiastic hours in doing this, as I cannot wait to see the result.

As explained above, I hammered two pieces of silver. The larger piece has the shape of a flower,  the smaller – A shape which would be able to embed an oval pendant for a Citrine stone. I soldered the smaller piece in the middle of the larger one.Finally added the bezel and set the light brown  stone inside.

The ring turned out to be a rather large bold and beauiful flower ring.

The Sterling silver hallmark and my personal signature are imprinted on the back of the ring.

It is a One of a kind item

Citrine is a gemstone which is part of a mineral quartz group. The colors range from light yellow – similar to the more expensive Yellow Topaz – to brown which is similar to Smokey Quartz. You will also find orange variations.

An interesting anecdote: Citrine is also named the “stone of the mind” as in ancient cultures they believed that placing this stone on an older person’s forehead would increase his psychic abilities.

Citrine crystals formed together with Amethyst create a bi-colored gemstone named Ametrine.

Another fact – most Citrine stones which are sold these days, are heat-treated Amethysts and mostly arrive from Brazil Although Brazil  sells natural stones too. Other natural Citrine stones are from Russia – The Ural Mountains, Madagascar and France. I would like to emphasize that the brown stone in my ring is a natural Citrine.

The low grade Citrine stones are a result of being heated at  high temperatures. The outcome is a variety of orange,  and Cherry  colors. The darker colors are more valuable.

 Your comments will be most welcome!

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Sterling Silver Casual earrings

  • May 30, 2012 7:29 AM

Sometimes I look at all the remains and scraps of silver which I collect while I work at my work bench, and say to myself “You must do something with it. These scraps are lying there and should be made into something”. So a few mornings ago, I  sat decidedly at my table,  picked up the sterling silver pieces I had collected  from the box, and was at a loss what to do with them. Knowing that my creativity develops once I begin, I picked a piece of paper and started to draw shapes of earrings, chose one of the shapes in my drawings and began to hammer the scraps, filed them, granulated a few tiny ones and soldered them to the larger ones,added the earwires, tried them on and went to the mirror to see what I have come up with. I think I did not do too badly. Hope you agree!

 

Riorita Handmade Casual Silver dangle earrings

Riorita Handmade Casual Silver dangle earrings

 

ECO handmade Sterling silver earrings

 

Size of each earring: 26mm x 9mm (about 1″ x 0.35″)

They are light, pretty and dangley. Just in time for summer!