Being asked to make a special piece is always a thrill. I've been fortunate to have a number come my way this past month, but two of them got me thinking.
One, the subject of this post, gave me complete freedom and control over the design process. My instruction was: make a "wow" of a ring.
The woman for whom the ring is a retirement gift is a friend, so I am lucky enough to have a sense of her taste and I knew she like Moss Agate stones, so I had a bit of intelligence to go on.
Further, she is the retiring director of the Oneida Community Mansion House, so perhaps I could work in something that might reference the Oneida Community.
Most famously known for their flatware, the Oneida Community also produced animal traps and silk thread and strawberries. Hmm. No, none of those would work.
In the end, I chose to surround a spectacular moss agate and obsidian doublet with gallery wire that I think is reminiscent of flatware patterns. On the back of the setting, I pierced the Celtic triskele, a symbol that came up in all of my searches for symbols of community, family and unity. The shank of the ring is designed as a cigar band style, with an "O" (for Oneida) cutout through with the triskele can be seen.
Such a joy to design a piece entirely out of my own head, but next up, the joy of interpreting someone else's vision into metal!