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 Post subject: Making a one-of-a-kind ruby, pink sapphire and diamond ring
PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:08 pm 
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I finished this a few days ago now with a stone, my client purchased in Myanmar. You can see how this was made from start to finish here.

https://lucywalkerjewellery.com/blog/20 ... o-tutorial

Hope you like the video - my first go at video editing so don't expect too much ;)


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Very interesting and a well done video. What is the bluish material in the background of the ring?

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Thanks Michael,

The blue is sterling silver with a liver of sulphur patina - pretty nice colour right?!

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It's definitely different and I like it, has an old world look to me.

Thank you for the video I think you did a great job as well.

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Holy moly, YOU are a genius.


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Ha ha! thank you Jim and Barbra! I'll post another soon, although y'all might not love it so much as its with colour treated blue diamonds ;)

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If you will permit a comment, I would shape the end of your hammer fitting to a gentle dome with a REALLY high polish. That way you get a much better finish to your bezel settings, they look a bit rough at the moment.


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I could be wrong, Alan, but I believe the ancient aesthetic was intentional.


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I would say that the aesthetic might have been intended, but it certainly isn't ancient, we have examples of Anglo-Saxon goldwork here and the finish on the bezels, even after 1200 or 1300 years is very good indeed.


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Curious I went to Lucy's website. She is a young but well trained and accomplished jeweler. She has images posted of jewelry of various styles a esthetics. She is obviously capable of making clean, precision styles. There are examples posted. Many of her designs feature these rough hand wrought style bezels. In my opinion this is an intended effect that she worked hard to develop and incorporate into her styles. Personally I like it, I imagine that many of her clients do as well.

Below is Lucy's story behind the design of this Ruby ring.

Jen bought me in this gorgeous purplish red ruby that she had purchased in Myanmar - and literally said design me a cocktail ring..... the ruby, as is often the case with rubies, wasn't cut particularly well and looked a little wonky unset - so we decided to go for the organic look - which is totally Jen anyway! I tried out a lot of new things on this ring as Jen was 100% trusting in my ideas. I am in love with the hammer textured bezel settings and the pave, in fact I just love the ring so much that I'm making a collection!


Great job Lucy, I am sure your collection will bring you much success.

As for Barbra's reference to the "ancient" esthetic, I agree. The World is older, and much bigger than Anglo-Saxon. Rough pounded bezels are common in many of these older styles. Many of the most popular designers today incorporate this style into their designs. It is certainly not a result of poor tools or skills.


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Several designers are working with this hammered bezel look - refreshing after all the years of bright polished metal. Also the use of antiquing as more than just to fill in recesses.

Good job, Lucy!

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Perhaps I am just old fashioned, but as my old tutor used to say - "Make sure one can tell the difference between a creative effect and sloppy work".


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Alan, that was rather rude.
Clearly Lucy has the skills to do anything she wishes:


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Alan F. wrote:
Perhaps I am just old fashioned, but as my old tutor used to say - "Make sure one can tell the difference between a creative effect and sloppy work".


I notice that your tutor didn't say "everyone can tell the difference". I think Lucy met your tutor's criteria. Just saying.....


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ha ha ha AWWWWEEEE guys im blushing :) thank you for the support! and yes totally intentional - I really like the beat up look, but sometimes I do prefer something a little more traditional looking.

The comments really made my day thank you everyone :)


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