I had a very special commission from my brother to make a Valentine gift for his lovely lady Cleopatra.
I took a stunningly beautiful thirty-five carat labradorite and made a bezel setting in strong sterling silver. The next step was to make a heavy plaque to display the stone to its best advantage and give it a nice weighty feel. I used fine silver precious metal clay (pmc) and textured it with a floral design front and back, one side embossed, the other side debossed. After firing the clay, I made a bail from pmc to suit the piece and soldered it to the back. After joining the bezel to the front, it was time to smooth and polish the silver to its final finish. The stone was the final ingredient, framing it in shining silver really highlights its shimmering beauty, colours flashing across the surface as it catches the light. Suspended from a lovely sterling silver chain, it’s nearly as beautiful as its new owner.