A pair of 14kt yellow gold earrings with a replica of an ancient Roman coin cast in sterling silver and oxidized for dramatic effect. I wanted to keep the cost down for my client so made a simple pair of shepherd hooks and hung the coins from these, giving them nice movement yet still secure in that they close. The second shot shows the back of the earrings and the back of the coin- the image seems to be a chariot and horse type of thing. Beautiful, elegant and timeless. I have used this coin for cufflinks and made one heads and the other tails, I kind of like that asymmetry but my client preferred a matched pair. I never get tired of this image, very versatile.
This is a beautiful yellow sapphire set in 18kt yellow and white gold accented by pavé-set diamonds. It started off as a left over piece from a necklace I made a couple of years ago. The "doughnut" of diamonds didn't work and was in my safe, begging for somewhere to put it. My client's husband decided that his lovely wife deserved a beautiful new ring for her birthday. The stone is very bright and lively.
Good morning! Today I thought I would take a stroll down memory lane and post some pictures of my Divine Divas, from my Circle Craft show in 2003. My inspiration was based on the fact that I had quite a few large gemstones that were in my collection for a long time (years), begging to be set into wonderful, over the top cocktail rings. I made nine individual rings, with the defining element being that the stone had to be BIG.
Welcome to my new blog!
After five years with the old design, I realized that I needed to freshen things up. One of the things that motivated me to change it up was that I was using Flash and that is no longer a wonderful feature in our fast paced technological world. (And I believe good old Steve Jobs was NOT a fan!) Wasn't mobile friendly and caused me to fall off of the radar, quite literally. Google's search engines have also changed their criteria so this new blog is my attempt to not only share thoughts, new work and things I find interesting but also to provide content for the search engines to pick up. I am not a very tech-savvy individual and being a Cancerian, I resist change...but change is good and I am embracing it!
Hélène is a Vancouver B.C. designer/goldsmith with a passion for beautiful gemstones and precious metals. She works with the philosophy that objects that are thoughtfully conceived, hand made with technical precision and infused with artistic passion have an energy that cannot be attained with mass produced objects. With this belief, no two pieces are identical and each are unique and one of a kind.