Monday, February 17, 2014

New Apatite & Opal Set

So today I got some things completed that had been SITTING on my bench for months!! These pieces I had etched at our last Ladysmiths' etching workshop (see past post for details) and I had big plans for them, and finally yay(!) today was the day!!

The centerpiece is a fiery Ethiopian opal I scored from Tucson last year as part of a parcel of 8mm stones. But the real star of this set are the blue apatites. They have a green tinge to them, making them a sort of light turquoise-y color, and are very appealing! The chain is also a strand of gorgeous faceted apatites. The bail looks upside down, but I really did that to echo the pointy shapes emanating from the etched forms.

I think it has a great ethnic and graphic feel to it, with the earrings matching really well but not too matchy-matchy. I actually took advantage of the wide bottom of the bail as a connector- I drilled a hole, then inserted a balled-up wire from the inside. The balled part allows the wire to not fall through the hole, and then I inserted the end through the pendant and wrapped it for security.  Here's a link so you can see more:

I also have spinner rings back in my shop!! The exciting part is that I now have brass rings available! So if you like the mixed-metal look, you can now opt for the opals to be set into a gold-tone ring. Here's a link:


  1. Dana -these are absolutely amazing. Your work is beautiful, exotic and fascinating!