Custom Anniversary Love Story Rings Represent a Transformation

NW Coast Love Affair in Sterling Anniversary Story Rings

NW Coast Love Affair in Sterling Anniversary Story Rings

The sweetest couple contacted us at Walker Goldsmiths to create new Wedding Rings for them.  As we talked we found out that Chrissy and Mario were really looking for Story Rings to celebrate their 10th Anniversary. Chrissy had lost her Wedding Ring and since they were celebrating their 10th Anniversary they wanted to get two new rings and start fresh, “When we found your page and saw these story rings, we both felt that these rings were exactly what we would like to have.  A year ago we made the final move from Germany to Canada and we are also trying to give our lives a new direction. We really love the ocean and have always lived close by or at least tried to spend as much time there as we can. We are seekers and wanderers and we are about transformation and we feel that we are returning to ourselves.”  Owen and I were very excited to participate in this fun journey by providing these Story Rings that represent their new lives.

The carving challenge for me was to get their favorite aspects represented in 7mm width; Ocean, Spruce Trees, the Pacific Northwest Coast Shoreline and Surf, Seagulls and Puppy Dog!  These folks are nature and animal lovers and this is a large part of their lives together.  I told them that the process is that you give me those details and I draw up a sketch to size and you OK it, then I go to carving wax. I send you pictures of the wax and you decide what works and what doesn’t, and we work together until we get exactly what you want!

Wax Carving of Anniversary Story Ring

Wax Carving of Anniversary Story Ring

We wanted it fairly substantial with a comfort fit inside and when Chrissy and Mario approved the wax,  Owen then went straight to investing and lost wax casting in Sterling Silver.  Thank you, Chrissy and Mario, this has been a really fun job creating your Custom Anniversary Love Story Rings and Walker Goldsmiths wish you the best 10yr. anniversary ever.  We thank you for sharing this part of your lives with us. You kids have worked hard to get to a place that you really love and that sings to our souls.  Best Wishes!

Nature Lovers Special Sterling Silver Story Rings

Nature Lovers Special Sterling Silver Story Rings

Chrissy and Mario, 10 yrs together

Chrissy and Mario, 10 yrs together

 

 

A Custom Surfer Ring Makes Us Dream

Custom Sterling Silver Surfer Ring

Custom Sterling Silver Surfer Ring

Nicole contacted Walker Goldsmiths saying she was interested in creating with us a Custom Surfer Ring for her Sweetie and we were happy to get to make it for her.  She wanted a substantial Sterling Silver, 8 mm ring with some familiar symbols carved on it.

Custom Surfer Rings are another type of Story Ring and we love to make them.  We talk to the client and help them decide what they want on the ring; places that meant something to them, important symbols that were emotional or memory makers, most important seems to be happy scenes of love or places that symbolize a lovely time.  We try to stay with 3 or 4 motifs so that it doesn’t turn out too crazy with pictures and so the design flows well.  Nicole wanted very symbolic waves, some dunes and palm trees.  I was very excited about this palm tree aspect as I hadn’t ever used that design before and I knew it would be really attractive. Owen and I had just returned from a Christmas Holiday time with some of our children in Baja, Mexico, so beaches and dunes were fresh in my mind.  I was truly “there” with this ring.

I carved the wax and sent Nicole pictures of my progress, when she OK’d the wax we went ahead and Owen lost wax cast it in Sterling Silver.  It turned out great!  The fact that it was Sterling Silver allowed us to Oxidize the ring with chemicals to create black shadows down in the carving; it makes the carved design stand out so nice as the high spots are polished silver, and it’s permanent so it will not wear or chip off…great thing about Sterling Silver.

Wax carving of Surfer Ring with Talcum powder on it so it's easier to see

Wax carving of Surfer Ring with talcum powder on it so it’s easier to see

Thank you, Nicole, for allowing Walker Goldsmiths to have this opportunity to create such a fun design on a Custom Surfer Ring.  I can almost feel the gentle breeze and hear the waves crash on the sand.

Custom Sterling Silver Surfer Ring

Custom Sterling Silver Surfer Ring with Palm Trees, Waves and Dunes

A Stunning Custom Story Ring

Custom Sapphire Story Ring

Custom Ocean Blue Sapphire Story Ring with Diamond bubbles

Walker Goldsmiths was very excited to be a part of creating this Stunning Custom 18 kt Yellow Gold Ocean Blue Sapphire Story Ring.  This Story Ring has 1.5 ct. Brilliant Ocean Deep Blue  Sapphire, .10 cts of melee diamonds for “bubbles” all set in 18kt Yellow Gold.

We’ve known and loved Terry since she was a baby and have been making jewelry for her and her family for many years.   She was telling us about her ideas for a new smashingly gorgeous Custom Story Ring and we said, “Yes, let’s do it! “  She came with photos of a ring she’d seen that she really liked and of course, we had to set her straight about durability and practicality of the design.  The ring  in her picture was a South Sea pearl ring, gorgeous of course, but impractical for durable wear for this hands on hard working girl.  We knew that a wonderful Ocean Deep Blue Sapphire would work perfect so we went looking for the right one with the right color and we found it!  Sapphires are among the most durable naturally occurring gemstone in the world. The only natural item that can scratch a sapphire is a diamond. Gemstones are rated on their ability to withstand scratching based on a system called the Mohs Scale of Hardness, and sapphires score a 9 out of 10. Diamonds are a 10. We knew that a Sapphire was the right gemstone for this girl!  The durability of sapphires makes them an excellent choice for engagement rings and other pieces of jewelry that you might want to wear every day.  We designed the ring shank to our signature 5mm wide squared bottom to accommodate the weight and balance the substantial 12mm wide top of the ring.

The Story here is “The Latest Adventure with a Dear Friend Who Wants to be More than Just a Friend”, so we’re interested in this romantic story!  Jim has been teaching Terry SCUBA diving where light tends to green and blue, colors that travel far in seawater, and she’s loving it.  This Custom Story Ring tells of  the vision of  beautiful deep undersea colors of green, purple and blue represented by the beautiful 7 mm Sapphire pressure set in 18 kt Yellow Gold.  The melee diamonds set on the inside of the ring on one side represent bubbles floating upward like you see while SCUBA diving.  On the other side of the Sapphire is carved mountains to symbolize the fun they are having exploring around in the hills of the beautiful Pacific Northwest Coast area in which they live.  These kids are really on a colorful Romantic Adventure and this Stunning Custom Story Ring is the symbol of their growing love for each.  Thank you so  much for letting Walker Goldsmiths be a part of this story.  We’re keeping our ears open for the next chapter of this Romantic Story!

Custom Sapphire Story Ring

Custom Sapphire Story Ring with Mountains carved

 

A Custom Horseshoe Nail Wedding Ring Set

14 kt White Gold Custom Horseshoe Nail Wedding Set

14 kt White Gold Custom Horseshoe Nail Wedding Set

This Custom Horseshoe Nail Wedding Ring creation was a special treat for Walker Goldsmiths to make for this couple.  Daaron got a hold of us wanting a Horseshoe Nail Wedding Set in 14kt White Gold.  He wanted it as soon as possible as they had a small window of time to get married and get back to work.  He is a farrier in Eastern Washington and seasons are time determiners in his business. He travels all over Eastern Washington to different ranches doing what Farriers do and he wanted to set this engagement up permanently.  Because we love to accommodate sweet love stories, we put it in high gear, and it gets even better…

I carved the waxes for the two ring set; Engagement Diamond Ring and Wedding Band.  Owen lost wax cast them in 14 kt Palladium White Gold, I chose out the diamonds and we set them in this Custom Horseshoe Nail Engagement Ring and let Daaron know we had these beauties done for them.

Daaron then emailed us with his desire to have a small Sterling Horseshoe Nail Ring made with two birthstones on it.  He told us his Sweetheart has a little daughter that has never known her biological dad and was so excited to have Daaron as her own Dad…  “Katrina has a seven-year-old daughter, Kathlyne.  She has prayed for years to have a dad. She has no contact with her biological father. I would like to also give something to her. She loves cows, so she calls me “cow man”. She is anxious to be able to start calling me Dad.”  Walker Goldsmiths quickly cast a Sterling Silver Horseshoe Nail Ring in Kathlyne’s size and set her birthstone, an Alexandrite, and Daaron’s birthstone, a Sapphire, in this ring as a keepsake of this memorable occasion. When Daaron told us this we knew that this guy was a “Keeper”!  Thanks so much, you Sweethearts, for this wonderful adventure.  We know you are blessed!

Sterling Horseshoe Nail Ring with Birthstones

Sterling Horseshoe Nail Ring with Birthstones

A Beautiful Custom Cathedral Style Diamond Wedding Ring

Taylor's Beautiful Cathedral Style Diamond Wedding Ring

Taylor’s Beautiful Cathedral Style Diamond 14 kt Yellow Gold Wedding Ring

Creating a Beautiful Custom Cathedral Style Diamond Wedding Ring for Taylor was a joy.

Walker Goldsmiths had seen Taylor come home from a mission, a grown up lovely young woman and then head off to College.  Next thing we knew she was home with her Sweetheart and knocking on our door to help them come up with a Wedding Ring.  We love it!  They had a pretty good idea of what they wanted and came with pictures off the internet and ideas they’d gotten shopping in Jewelry Stores.  Being old family friends we had to tell them the truth… no way were we going to make a thin and fragile ring that would cost them more money before they know it.  We have friendship and a reputation to hold up, so I got a pretty good idea of just what direction and design Taylor was looking for and started designing, then wax carving.  It took a couple of tries before we could communicate well and determine just what would work.  Owen lost wax cast it in 14 kt Yellow Gold and we set the Diamonds in Platinum crowns.

Taylor liked the Cathedral Style Diamond Wedding Ring.  It’s an interesting, classic and elegant design for a ring setting.  She wanted a 1/2 ct. center stone and a 1/4 ct. on each side of the center, equaling 1 full ct. total weight.  We created our signature square bottom shank for weight and durability to keep the ring well balanced on her finger.  It really turned out gorgeous for a beautiful young bride.  Walker Goldsmiths wishes  Jason and Taylor a wonderful joyous life together.

Cathedral Style Diamond Setting

Cathedral Style Diamond Setting

Recycled Jewelry with Old European Cut Diamonds makes a Beautiful Custom Wedding Ring

Red Gold and Old European Cut Diamonds in Custom Wedding Ring

14kt Red Gold and Old European Cut Diamonds in Custom Wedding Ring

Walker Goldsmiths received a message from a woman who wanted to recycle a pile of old jewelry to make a new Custom Wedding Ring.  We’ve known this lovely Alicia for years now and she’s a busy lady, but she’s managed to do some looking around to find what she likes and doesn’t like.  After messaging back and forth we came up with a way to make her what she wanted.  “I have a question for you about rings! I saw the incredible custom wedding set you did recently. That ring is gorgeous! It got me thinking about doing a custom ring with some stones and gold I have that are just sitting in my jewelry box. So… I was wondering how the process works? I have two rings that I saw that I really like. I’ve attached several photos.   ……….Because of the weight on top and the thin band, my current ring “hangs” down on my finger. It’s not well balanced which feels awkward on my finger. I just never wear it and it’s sad!”

We said, “Yah! Let’s do it!! No good sitting in the jewelry box! Thanks for appreciating the latest custom piece we did. The process would be to choose the design you like best that can fit the stones you have…maybe shoot me a picture of your jewelry and I can guide you. Also find out what size you are by going to a jewelry store and asking them to size you accurately. We do this kind of thing thru the mail/email all the time:)”

The process began… come to find out, Alicia had an old platinum ring that had 3 gorgeous Old European cut diamonds that she wanted to use.  We bought her metal and a few other diamonds and proceeded to make her a new ring. I love these antique diamonds and was very excited to create with them.  At first I thought they were Old Mine Cut Diamonds, but upon closer look saw that they were indeed truly round like Old Euro Cut Diamonds.  Old Miner Cuts are more squarish shape, but totally beautiful.  The Old European cut diamond or “Old Euro Cut” was the primary diamond shape wanted in the Art Deco Era, the era of style and modernity, 1910-30’s.  This Old Euro Cut has a high crown, small table, and a large, flat culet, the bottom tip of the diamond where all the facets come to a point. With 58 facets, it is the predecessor of today’s modern round brilliant cut.  The old European cut diamond has a round shape, a higher crown, and greater total depth than the modern round brilliant. This cut of diamond allows it’s own personality and subtle colors to shine plus the stones’ generally higher carat weight when compared to modern stones makes them more valuable, as does their antique rarity.  European cut diamonds are vintage gems with great character and distinction. These diamonds primarily originated in Brazil or India from the early 1700’s.

Old European Cut Stone Shape

Old European Cut Stone Shape

Alicia's Old European Diamonds set in Red Gold Custom Wedding Ring

Alicia’s Old European Diamonds set in Red Gold Custom Wedding Ring

 

 

Alicia knew what she had with these diamonds and wanted something with an Art Deco look.  She also is a beautiful redhead and the idea of a 14 kt Red Gold Custom Wedding Ring appealed to her.  Walker Goldsmiths was pleased and excited to create this ring.  Thank you, Alicia, it was very much fun to make this Art Deco Custom Wedding Ring for you.

 

Custom 14 kt Yellow Lovebirds Ring with Ruby

Custom 14kt yellow Lovebirds Ring with Ruby

Custom 14 kt yellow Lovebirds Ring with Ruby

Our good friend Anita had shown me her wedding ring and commented on how she was getting ready to have a Walker Goldsmiths redo into a custom ring, as her ring was wearing thin.  Owen and I were at dinner with friends and family in Anita and Pat’s beautiful new house built by Kota Construction.  We told her that we certainly could help her out and recycle her ring and any other metal she wants out of the way.  She later showed up at our Studio and we sat and talked designing her new ring.  Anita had brought with her a pile of old sterling and gold jewelry, including her old wedding ring, to trade in and recycle towards her new ring.  “Really, why have old jewelry that you never wear sitting around in the jewelry box or the dresser drawers?”   She was out of that old Sterling Silver big bracelet and bangles phase!

Anita is a Norwegian Northwest Girl and is very familiar with Lovebird’s Raven and Eagle; their stories and legends in not only her heritage but her everyday life here in the Northwest.  Deciding on our classic Lovebirds ring design she then determined that she wanted a fairly large Ruby for flash and fun.  And believe me, Anita knows how to have fun!  I got busy carving the Lovebirds wax to fit a beautiful filigree crown to accept a bezel set Ruby. She wanted a large ring but smooth on top without a prong set stone, so bezel set would work best.  Owen assayed all her jewelry that she wanted to recycle and ordered a gorgeous Ruby to set in the crown.  After lost wax casting the Lovebirds ring, polishing and finishing, the crown was soldered in just the right place between the Eagle and Raven birds.  The Ruby was set in the crown and her two diamonds from her original ring were set in the eyes of the birds. Anita’s diamonds and gold from her previous ring now had a home in her new Wedding Ring.

14 kt Lovebirds Ring with filigree crown

14 kt Yellow Lovebirds Ring with filigree crown

We were very excited to present this finished Recycled Wedding Ring to Anita because it is so spectacular, just like Anita!  Thank you, Anita, for letting Walker Goldsmiths make this Custom 14 kt Yellow Lovebirds Ring with Ruby for you.

Picture of A Custom 14 kt Yellow Lovebirds Ring with Ruby

A Custom 14 kt Yellow Lovebirds Ring with Ruby

 

Trade Bead Bracelets

A Collection of Trade Bead Bracelets

A Collection of Trade Bead Bracelets

Walker Goldsmiths has made some Trade Bead Bracelets. We have an extensive collection of antique beads used during the Fur Trade Era in the Pacific Northwest, from Russian Siberia over to Alaska and down into all the North American Continent, that are beautiful and oozing with history.  These beads are not replicas but the real thing and we’re wanting to share the history and beauty.

Cobalt Blue Russians and Czech bead bracelet

Cobalt Blue Russians and Czech bead bracelet

Today’s offering of Trade Bead Bracelets primarily includes the famous Cobalt Blue Russians, circa 1800’s and earlier, and Cobalt Czech glass beads that I like to use for spacers and protector beads. Blue Russians were originally made in Bohemia by stretching a long tube of cobalt glass then breaking them into smaller pieces and then individually, by hand, beveling and cutting them into shape. And since you can’t bend a glass tube I have to put a round Czech bead in between each Blue Russian so the bracelet or necklace can take it’s shape.  Check out my Cobalt Blue Russian Bead Story here.  The first Trade Bead Bracelet I’m featuring is composed of only Blue Russians and the Czech Cobalt spacers with a Sterling Silver clasp.  These first 3 bracelets are all individually made and for sale for under $90 depending upon the length you need determined by your wrist measurement.

Cobalt Blue Russian and Chevron Trade Beads Bracelet


Cobalt Blue Russian and Chevron Trade Beads Bracelet

The 2nd Trade Bead Bracelet that I have for sale is Cobalt Blue Russians and 6 layer Chevrons.  Chevrons are a bead with a very interesting history and manufacturing technique originating in the same part of the world as the Blue Russians.  They came to be traded in the Americas over a different path than the Blue Russians.  They are very uniquely made by the arrangement of three or more colors in usually six layers of glass. Their history describes a trading path from Murano, Italy, south through Africa and over to the Americas.

Cobalt Blue Russians and Padre Trade Beads

Cobalt Blue Russians and Padre Trade Beads

This 3rd Trade Bead Bracelet is Cobalt Blue Russians and Padre Beads.  Padre Beads are a colorful opaque glass trade bead with a vibrant history too.  “They are round, satiny opaque glass beads, mandrel wound, originally made in Venice possibly in the mid 1400’s.”  Read more about their interesting history here on one of my posts on  Activeartist.net where Owen posted, “Ubiquitous is truly the right word as we have found that these beads were made everywhere … and traded to the furthermost corner of the world!”   There was such a demand in the world that it was a very lucrative business and Dutch Traders were masters at seafaring who started taking them everywhere they traded.  I hope you take the opportunity to read my post on activeartist.net for a deeper story about the paths of this bead.  Owen and I have a print of a painting made by Charles Russell of Sacajewea in 1805 with Lewis and Clark and the Corp of Discovery on the Columbia River.  She is standing in the canoe visibly offering Padre Trade Beads to trade with the Chinook Indians.  We love this print!

Trade Bead Bracelet of Blue Russians and Mastodon Ivory

Trade Bead Bracelet of Blue Russians and Mastodon Ivory

My 4th Trade Bead Bracelet is Cobalt Blue Russians and Fossil Mastodon Ivory Beads. I’ve used Cobalt Czech glass again as spacers. The Fossil Mastodon Ivory beads came from ancient tusks unearthed by erosion in Russian Siberia and could be more than 20,000 years old.  Fossil Mastodon Ivory  is so beautiful and can be found in so many gorgeous colors because of the minerals in which it’s buried and also because it’s so very old. “The density and integrity of the ivory is magnificent. Colorful, dense, fine grained, and reeking with history.”  See our other post about Mastodon Ivory.  It is so complimentary to Cobalt Blue Russians.  This Trade Bead Bracelet is for sale also and Walker Goldsmiths is asking $135 for it depending on length needed to fit your wrist.

Walker Goldsmiths think that anyone who appreciates history and beautiful interesting jewelry associated with history would love these Trade Bead Bracelets!  They all come with Sterling Silver clasps.

A Custom Red Gold Men’s Wedding Ring

Custom Men's Red Gold Wedding Ring with Fossil Walrus Ivory !nlay

Custom Men’s Red Gold Wedding Ring with Fossil Walrus Ivory Inlay

Walker Goldsmiths has had the privileged to work with Nathan to create his Custom Red Gold Wedding Ring. He came to us knowing what he wanted and we enjoyed doing just that.  We’ve known Nate for many years now as he works as an engineer on the boat, Steelhead, a Fish Buyer boat owned by a family friend.  Nathan was to marry Lindsie this summer so we were excited to make this ring for him as we had already made her a wedding ring.  See the story about that on another page here on Walker Goldsmiths.

Nathan brought a big chunk of a fossil Walrus Tusk that he had found washed out of the dune debris on a beach in Alaska one day when he’s had some free time for exploring.  It’s a beautiful wild place with much good beach combing to be done.  This chunk of tusk, though pretty beat up, did have some surface that we could cut a slice out to use in a ring.  Nate wanted a piece inlaid into 14 kt Red Gold and we thought it a very fun thing to do, plus the Red Gold would complement and enhance the natural fossil Ivory colors.

I made the wax of the ring with a slot to inlay.  Owen lost wax cast the ring using gorgeous 14 kt Red Gold, then sliced the tusk to the right width for the inlay.  He choose the outside primary dentine layer of ivory to use as the inlay. See the picture above to get a look at the two different layers of dentine in a cross section of a Walrus Tusk. The inside of a Walrus Tusk has a kind of very crystalline grainy core that is exceptionally hard and beautiful, but difficult to work with as it tends to chip out in the crystal shapes.  I did Scrimshaw years ago and I found that the core of the tusk is really impossible to carve on because of this hard crystalline center, so scrimshanders always choose to work on the outside layers of the tusk.  Owen inlaid the Custom Red Gold Men’s Wedding Ring with the tusk segment and it was gorgeous.  Thank you, Nate, for letting us make this beautiful ring for you, and congratulations to you and Lindsie on the occasion of your marriage.  Walker Goldsmiths is happy for you kids on your brave choice and positive attitude on this marriage adventure.

Custom 14kt Red Gold Men's Wedding Ring

Custom 14 kt Red Gold Men’s Wedding Ring

Nathan and Lindsie on their wedding day

Nathan and Lindsie on their Wedding Day

Kat’s Custom Arrow Diamond Wedding Ring

Custom Arrow Diamond Ring

14kt Yellow Gold Custom Arrow Diamond Ring

Walker Goldsmiths was pleased to meet a gorgeous young woman who wanted a Custom Arrow Diamond Wedding Ring.  That doesn’t mean an arrow shaped diamond, but it does mean a ring shaped like an arrow with a diamond on it.  What Fun!  Arrows are really her thing.  They’ve been a symbol of importance to her through some tough times and it was very important to continue using that symbol in a brand new adventure.  She’s a survivor of a previous bad marriage in her teen years and country music has been a sanity saver to help her get through that tough time.  One country music singer, Kasey Musgrave, sings “Follow your Arrow…wherever it points”, a song that has given her solace and strength.  So the symbol of arrows became a symbol of strength to Kat and thus the Arrow Custom Wedding Ring, much to my wax carving pleasure.

Kat met Dale on the internet and they struck up a lovely friendship that turned into a real fairy tale romance!  Once on a hiking date through a large wooded Northwest Washington Park they found a diamond anniversary band that had to have been tossed into the bushes.  Who knows what juju went with that ring, but Kat and Dale certainly changed that by recycling.  The ring was a 14kt yellow gold 6 diamond anniversary band.  What an astounding find!  Dale had already bought an engagement ring for Kat so they choose to use these diamonds from the “found band” to put into Custom Wedding Bands for each of them.

It was a fun adventure for me to carve a wax arrow that would wrap around her finger and snug up to her Engagement ring.   Owen lost wax cast it in 14kt Yellow Gold using the gold from the found band and other recycled gold of Kat’s, and then one of the diamonds was hammer set in the shaft of the “Arrow”.  Three of the diamonds were set diagonally into a men’s wedding band for Dale.  There were 2 more diamonds that Kat had us put in a special package for each of her two children for their later use.

Walker Goldsmiths has enjoyed making this Custom Arrow Diamond Wedding Ring for Kat and Dale very much and we’re pleased to have a couple of lovely new friends.  We wish them both all the sweetness and joy they deserve.