Golden Labradorite Pendant In 925 Sterling Silver Wire

I have just wrapped one of the golden Labradorite cabochons shown in a recent post, it took a while to determine the correct location of the bail to capture and display the Labradoresence to best effect

I have just wrapped one of the golden Labradorite cabochons shown in a recent post, it took a while to determine the correct location of the bail to capture and display the Labradoresence to best effect. This is largest free form cabochon I have ever wrapped and although challenging it was very satisfying in the end.

Golden Labradorite Pendant In Sterling Silver Wire

This piece is especially attractive because it also has the really interesting deep black vein which is surround by deep blues, all framed by the lovely golden colour. Depending on the angle that the pendant is viewed from, a different pattern will be seen.

The pendant used 110” of sterling silver wire, all 21 gauge. The main support wires are made from square wire and the binding is made from ½ round wire.

The pendant dimensions are:

Height (including bail) as it hangs: 56mm

Width: 59mm

Thickness: 10mm

Weight: 32 grams or 158 ct

This Golden Labradorite pendant is now available for purchase in our Jewellery showroom at:

http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/large-labradorite-pendant/

Our Finished Semi Precious Gem Stone Jewellery

So you may be wondering where to find, view or even buy our finished gem stone jewellery items,

On this blog you can see all the rough rock that we use, the machinery that is used make the cabochons, the tumblers in fact all of the back room stuff. You can even read how we make our cabochons and tumbled stones!

So you may be wondering where to find, view or even buy our finished gem stone jewellery items, if so you need to head on over to my wife’s site:

http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk
http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk

http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk

Here you will find all manner of jewellery which by and large is wrapped in either 925 sterling silver or gold filled wire, all of this has been wrapped by Shalini or myself.

All of our jewellery is designed from the very start by us, then the stones are carefully shaped and polished and finally wrapped by us both, everything is made by us.

Thanks

Dave

Labradorite Cabochon Wrapped In 925 Sterling Silver Wire

I selected two of the Labradorite freeform cabochons from the first batch I had recently created, I was looking for the two that had the best display of labradorecense.

I selected two of the Labradorite freeform cabochons from the first batch I had recently created, I was looking for the two that had the best display of labradorecense. Having selected these it was time to set about wrapping them in 925, 21 gauge sterling silver wire. For these Labradorite pendants I used both square and half round wire.

I spent a lot of time finding the correct orientation for these cabs to ensure that there would be a good display of the labradorecense when they are worn as pendants, having established this it was time to start wrapping.

The first is an oval shaped freeform which presented some challenges in terms of securing the cabochon in a manner that prevents the wire from hiding the beauty of the Labradorite, as you can see from the picture below this was achieved by keeping most of the wire around the edges of the cab with just a few bends to actually hold the cab in place.

Large wrapped freeform Labradorite cabochon

This pendant is now for sale on http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk

The second cab presented more of challenge because the best position to show off the labradorecense effect was a bit unconventional, but as you can see I settled on staying with the having the vast majority of the wire wrapping around the edges of the stone and then just a bend at each corner to secure the cabochon. The top of the stone did pose a few problems but by creating the bail first I was able to get everything tight and then just made a small bend at the front and back to secure the top of the cabochon in place.

Wire wrapped Labradorite Freeform Cabochon

Labradorite jewellery is perhaps one of the most beautiful one can create but because the labradorecense effect can only be seen in certain orientations, it offers many challenges both when creating the cabochon and the finished piece of jewellery, but these challenges are what make it such a rewarding stone to work with.

The First Of Our Eco Range Of Jewellery

We call this our Eco range because there has been no mining activity involved to find this material, also no one has been exploited or put in danger to extract this material and finally we are making use of the waste that has been produced as a result of building projects.

Introducing our first pendant in our new Eco range of jewellery which will be made of rough flint and other interesting stones that we find during our travels around the UK.

We call this our Eco range because there has been no mining activity involved to find this material, also no one has been exploited or put in danger to extract this material and finally we are making use of the waste that has been produced as a result of building projects.

Anyway here is our first piece, it was an experiment and turned out quite well even though it’s a little lopsided at the top I think this adds character to the piece.

In producing this pendant I had a clear idea that I wanted to use no metal for a jump ring and I also wanted to have the hole for the hemp to run side to side rather than from front to back.

This piece was made out of the find I made a while back in Hertfordshire, anyway here a few photo’s. The first is of the finished piece standing in front of the rough it was cut from, and the second is of the pendant hanging so that you can see the colours in it.

flint pendant
the first of of our eco pendants

Carnelian Rough To Finished Pendant

Here we present a finished Carnelian pendant supported by a piece of rough Carnelian to illustrate the sorts of things we do in our workshop.

The cabachon was first cut as a slab from the rough rock and was then shaped on our cabachon machine and finally polished on a felt wheel with cerium oxide polish.

The cabachon was then wrapped using sterling silver round and half round wire.

I must admit that I find Carnelian to be one of the most rewarding semi precious stones to work with.

Carnelian Cabachon

This item is currently on display at Greensleaves Florists at Stamford garden center
Enjoy

Dave