If you’re not yet aware, Rhode Island has THE best beaches in all of the US. While we were back there for a summer vacation a few years back, I collected stones from the beaches we visited. They were all so beautiful…so many different colors and shapes. I wanted to set one in a ring.
When I got back, I set to work on it at Pratt. I think I was taking the second half of Jewelry I with Amy Reeves, of Tacoma Metal Arts, at the time. She was so helpful in guiding me through what was a very complex process. First, I made a shallow copper dome to set the stone in. I had to drill a whole into the stone, solder in a post to set the stone on the shank. I then wrapped an antique brass bead around the stone itself. This was a special antique bead…from a collection of costume jewelry that my mother in law gave to me from her Great Aunt Wanda. Once the stone was wrapped, I soldered the silver setting onto the bead and found a perfect amethyst stone to set inside of it.
I know…this one crazy looking ring. But I learned tons making this one…and wanted it to have special meaning for my mother in law.