Dreams of Silver and Gold

I'm a jewelry maker and novice silversmith. I'll be posting classic vintage pieces, plus some ancient and some contemporary pieces that awe and inspire me.
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Ben Kokes’ fiancée will never lose a game of hide-and-seek again, because he proposed to her with a magic science ring that lights up whenever he’s near.

The San Francisco engineer proposed to his fiancée earlier this month, with the amazing ring he’d been working on since January. He also made a wearable device that contains an alternating magnetic field, which makes the ring light up when they’re in close proximity. It was a bit bulky, he said, but he managed to hide it under his jacket for the proposal.

The titanium ring is wrapped with white and blue gemstones, and even without the super-science light effect it would be a beautiful ring on its own. Kokes chronicled the design and development of the ring on his website.

"Doing things in the most complicated way possible is just what he does to show the love," her fiancé says. (via This Woman’s Amazing Engagement Ring Lights Up When Her Fiance Is Near)

Ben Kokes’ fiancée will never lose a game of hide-and-seek again, because he proposed to her with a magic science ring that lights up whenever he’s near.

The San Francisco engineer proposed to his fiancée earlier this month, with the amazing ring he’d been working on since January. He also made a wearable device that contains an alternating magnetic field, which makes the ring light up when they’re in close proximity. It was a bit bulky, he said, but he managed to hide it under his jacket for the proposal.

The titanium ring is wrapped with white and blue gemstones, and even without the super-science light effect it would be a beautiful ring on its own. Kokes chronicled the design and development of the ring on his website.

"Doing things in the most complicated way possible is just what he does to show the love," her fiancé says. (via This Woman’s Amazing Engagement Ring Lights Up When Her Fiance Is Near)

Inventory: Assorted projects.

Photographing some pieces from the last few years, mostly things I’ve made in silversmithing classes & kept for myself. Favourites: cloud necklace, hammered chain bracelet.

Inventory: Necklaces #5.

Shell pendant cast in cuttlefish bone.

Cuttlefish bone is soft and chalky—you saw the bone in half and then either carve a design or press an object into it to make a mold. After making a channel for the molten silver, you wire the two halves back together and pour the liquid silver into the mold. The “wet sand” pattern is from the bone itself.

Inventory: Earrings #1

Scrollwork earrings loosely based on 5th-6th century earrings from the Mediterranean. Sterling silver.

Photographing some of my practice work from silversmithing classes from the last couple of years…

Inventory: Necklaces #4.

Made this pea pod necklace in one of my first classes—beginner’s luck! The peas are copper—wish I hadn’t polished them for the photos, as they get a lovely dark orangey-red patina.

Inventory: Necklaces #3.
Sterling wirework necklace. Hammered. soldered. Pleased with this—it is light and delicate, pretty to wear and sits nicely on collarbone.

Inventory: Necklaces #3.

Sterling wirework necklace. Hammered. soldered. Pleased with this—it is light and delicate, pretty to wear and sits nicely on collarbone.

Inventory: Necklaces #1

No silver work here (except for clasp), but a few necklaces from the last few years.