Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Jewelry Favorites: Rings, Part 1

Rings are so much fun...and they can be so beautiful. Though in my younger days I wore lots of tiny rings - sometimes rings on every finger - now I usually wear just one statement ring. I've managed to find several special ones over the years:

Love the ornate work - There are little hearts in the corners where the top of the ring meets the shank, and lots of scrollwork down the sides. It looks Asian to me, and I have no idea what it means...or if it means anything. But the detail work is stunning.

And what stone is it?

Amethyst, you say...but it's actually fluorite. Fluorite is a very soft stone which isn't usually put into rings (because softer stones have a tendency to chip and crack...and rings have a tendency to get knocked around). So I'm pretty careful with it.

If you look really closely at the above shot you can see that the support under the stone has some scrollwork details in the center. Really amazing work!

Next up:

From a gem show...there's almost always a small booth with Russian jewelry, beads, ornaments, boxes, and other tchotchkes with the beautiful hand painting that Russia is known for, at every gem show. But you don't usually see the painting on rings. It hit both the "unusual and interesting" markers for me, plus I have a fondness for Russian lacquer work.

It's heftier than it looks:

A pretty thick base and shank. Comfortable on the finger and a nice statement piece. I haven't seen any more painted rings in several years (I assume because the price of silver has climbed so dramatically) so I'm glad I got this one when I did.

And another gem show special:

A little cockeyed because it won't sit up straight by itself.

A stunning piece of rhodochrosite. I don't wear a lot of pink, but I like it as an accent with dark brown, gray, or navy. This is another ring where the detailed metal work is really outstanding:

tiny balls, swirls, and leaves. And the other side:

A little more plain, but still with some personality.

Even the underside is well done:

Cut out back (I assume to keep the price down, less silver = less cost) but interesting structure underneath to support the stone.

Next time I'll show you a few more...

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