Category Archives: Design and Projects

Paintings of Kurt Pio

A painted image of the brilliant facets of a diamond is almost just as lovely as the real thing. These large-scale representations of diamonds by artist Kurt Pio please me to no end. He has truely captured the scintillation(the flash of light and darkness) of a fashioned diamond. Fascinated by the splendor of a cut diamond, I tried this a few years back but lacked the patience and skill to pull it off! Darn…I will just need to get my hands on one of these…


Check out artist Kurt Pio’s website for more.

The Bezel Setting

I was working with an engagement client the other day and as we discussed bezel-set diamonds, I was inspired to post on the subject.

The bezel setting is a protective rim or border of metal that encases the entirety of the gemstone. There is usually a groove in which the outer edge of the gemstone is seated and then a lip of metal that is then pushed down, or burnished, carefully over top of that edge, holding the gemstone in place. This was the first method of gemstone setting. Bezels can be thick or thin, smooth or textured, with a modern or ancient design. Either way, it is a beautiful and exceptionally safe way to wear your favorite jewel (even soft or brittle ones like emerald and opal).  I hope you enjoy this selection of gorgeous bezel-set pieces!

Diagram of bezel setting.
Diagram of bezel setting.


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Clustered Object Mirror Project

“We’ve got to figure this out…” That was the first thing my mom and I said when we saw an article in Elle Decor magazine featuring the incredible artistry and creativity of Codor Design.  We poured over the pictures and were  inspired to give it a try. This is a little photo journal of our first attempt at creating something like Codor Design’s “Jabberwocky” mirror for my mom’s living room. Be sure to click the link so you can explore their website and see the awesome work they produce. Continue reading Clustered Object Mirror Project

Blowing Leaves Project


stack of old jewelry books

I knew I wanted to do the October/November windows in a leaf theme. I also knew that I wanted to use cream-colored paper to create the look, as I had before. (My goal is to create a continuity in my designs over time.) Originally, I thought about a cyclone of leaves but after trying to figure out the materials and the execution, I scrapped it. I love curling up with a good book on cold days, so I decided to used some of the wonderful old books in the salon library. You might notice (The Magic of Jewelry and Charms from an earlier post!) Here is what I came up with! But first how I did it.

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Palette in Orange

Just a few pictures I’ve taken that run along a theme. I love these tones and relish the change in seasons. Click to enlarge.

Outdoor Sculpture by Andy Van Der Tuin

bubble sculpture
sculpture by Andy Van Der Tuin

This incredible outdoor installation was made by Andy Van Der Tuin.  So simply composed of materials you could buy at a hardware store and so interesting to look at. The spheres wrapped in plastic wrap look like oily bubbles floating over the stone wall. There are so many ways to re-imagine everyday materials. To me, this is creativity at its finest: taking the ordinary and transforming it through artistic vision.

To me, this is creativity at its finest: taking the ordinary and transforming it through artistic vision.

And why did this piece strike my fancy? Among many other reasons, because of the simple fact that this artist had a concept and then executed it. I have had trouble with that: execution. I, like so many people who think creatively, have a lot of ideas but often abandon them at infancy so that they remain mere thoughts, gathering dust

Every day I am trying to take those little steps towards personal expression. Great artists, writers, scholars, craftsmen, and philanthropists do not become who they are in a flash of light. These people had ideas and then took the necessary steps, no matter how small at first, to implement them.

Handmade Cicada Vase

I thought it fitting that my first blog post be about one of my very first projects in metal.

This piece came of an assignment in a class is took on basic jewelry making and metalsmithing. Our task was to create a vessel and because I love cutting flowers from my garden and from along the road, I decided to make a vase. I have an affection for cicadas as well, so I had to figure out a way to incorporate them in as well. I was a little over-zealous with my original idea, a vase made entirely of sterling silver (the medium). The skill, patience and knowledge that it would take to create a water-tight vessel from metal was still out of my reach. Like any creative endeavor, it required rethinking and retooling in order to make it happen. I am so happy I didn’t scrap the whole idea because I couldn’t execute my first plan. Here are some sketches and mock-ups of my ideas as they evolved.

cicada vase sketch
sketches and mock-ups from my cicada vase project

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