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All Things Mettle

Ring Re-Design // For Shannon

Ring Re-Design // For Shannon

Ring Re-Design // For Shannon

What's even better than a wedding set re-design?     ! 2 !

After re-designing Monti's wedding set, her sister brought her's to me as well! If you want to see what we did with Monti's rings, you can see the story here.

Let me tell you about her sister, Shannon. She wanted to keep the ring as in tact as possible by not recasting the gold. The most common ring remakes involve recasting your gold, but they have to add in fresh gold a lot of the time and the design is often very different.

wedding ring redesign

Shannon knew what she wanted: taper the back, and set the diamonds from the band on either side of her center stone in a cluster of 3.

Here's the ring after I soldered the brand new stone mountings onto her original wide band.

wip engagement ring redesign

Then I had to go in with my jeweler's saw and cut the wide band down.

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You can see the blue Sharpie marks I made to plan out what to take and what to leave.

I really love how transformed this ring came out, even though we kept so much of the original in tact!

mettle by abby ring redesign

The best part, however, is when the ring goes back to it's home.

Monti, thank you for sharing my work with your sister, and Shannon, thank you so much for the honor of re-designing your wedding set!

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Sapphire Leaf Ring

Sapphire Leaf Ring

Sapphire Leaves Ring

Greg and Marie brought me a green sapphire ring in a traditional 3 stone setting. Marie never wore it because it was "missing something." You know the feeling.

They had seen a ring I had recently made for a friend...

sapphire leaves ring

...and they wanted a two tone version for their stone. 

The results have me green with sapphire envy!

Sapphire Leaves RingSapphire Leaves Ring

Thank you, Greg and Marie! It was an honor to set your beautiful green sapphire and to add another custom Mettle by Abby piece to your growing collection!

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Cherry Quartz Ring with Pink Pearls

Cherry Quartz Ring with Pink Pearls

Cherry Quartz Ring with Pink Pearls

Roberta saw a ring I had made and knew she had to have a custom tailored version for herself!

Cherry Quartz Ring with Pink Pearls

What we landed on was a darker stone and different placement of the pearls. I really LOVE this gemstone, it has a sunstone-like sparkle!

Cherry Quartz Ring with Pink Pearls

Thank you, Roberta! This stone was hard to find, but I'm so glad we didn't settle!

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Men's Sapphire Ring

Men's Sapphire Ring

Men's Sapphire Ring

I love this piece and how it came to be. Katie came in to buy a Christmas present for her husband. They have different tastes and she knows it. Let's just say, she knew this would happen, and we're all glad it did!

Chris wanted my diamond hammered finish and a super cool, included gemstone to go flush in it. I brought a few back from the Tucson gem show, feeling confident that he would choose this one.

Men's Sapphire Ring

Thank you, Katie and Chris, for your excitement about how awesome gemstones and art can be!

 

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Mismatched Earrings // Black and White

Mismatched Earrings // Black and White

Mismatched Earrings in Black and White

Ruth is my set gal. She always love a nicely rounded out set, but that doesn't mean "matchy-matchy." This is PROOF! 

"You're gonna think I'm crazy," she said when she slid 2 totally different stones over to me and then asked me to make her earrings.

"Nope. Not at all!" 

In fact! I feel wildly inspired by her adventurousness!

Mismatched Earrings in Black and White

Thank you, Ruth, for keeping me on my toes and never letting me miss an American Crafts Council show! 

 

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Amazonite Ring // Handmade in Sterling Silver

Amazonite Ring // Handmade in Sterling Silver

Amazonite Ring  // Handmade in Sterling Silver

This ring was inspired by a ring I had made previously with a mint onyx.

green stone ring

When I couldn't quite find the same glowing, mint green stone, Wendy fell in love with this bluer amazonite and decided it was time.

Amazonite Ring

Thank you, Wendy! It's so fun to talk life and jewelry with you! There's so much more than jewelry going on.

 

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Rainbow Moonstone Earrings with a Touch of Gold

Rainbow Moonstone Earrings with a Touch of Gold

Rainbow moonstone earrings with a touch of gold, that's what Kim had decided was the first (of many) new pieces of jewelry she needed in her Mettle by Abby collection.

You see, it all started with a necklace... and now we'll be rounding out the whole set. There's just something about moonstone that makes you want to wear it ever day. 

Rainbow Moonstone Earrings with a Touch of Gold

Thank you, Kim! You keep me busy and excited!

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Merlinite, Dendrite Opal, Snowscene Agate... One-of-a-kind necklace

Merlinite, Dendrite Opal, Snowscene Agate... One-of-a-kind necklace

Merlinite, Dendrite Opal, Snowscene Agate... This stone made an incredible one-of-a-kind necklace for Susan! 

This is one of the very first pieces I made when I got back from Tucson this year. I showed Susan the stones I collected and she singled out these 2 beauties, lined them up and said "let's make a necklace!" The following picture is the results.

Merlinite, Dendrite Opal, Snowscene Agate... One-of-a-kind necklace

Thank you, Susan! It's always fun to make jewelry for you!

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