I made this as part of my #RingAMonth2020 challenge.
October's topic was Queen For A Day
As is often the case, I have an instant thought, and then have to push it from my mind. This month I thought of Ophelia, but of course she was a princess, not a queen. My next thought was of Lady Jane Grey,
Technically Lady Jane Grey, wasn't actually coronated, and was 'reigning' queen for nine days, not just the one. I have always felt rather sorry for her; to be executed at 17 after being forced into a rather tenuous claim of Head of State seems really rather unfortunate, to say the least.
I wanted to make something that would be regal yet understated, and something that would look of the period.
Classically I ought to have gone for the Tudor favourites of rubies, garnets, pearls or diamonds, but I didn't think that she'd have had access to any of those, and this just felt right.
Lots of my jewellery is based on what feels right; I've turned into quite an instinctive maker.
This tear-drop sapphire is a slate blue/grey and I've deliberately made the whole ring asymmetrical.
The setting is 17mm x 13mm and 5mm high at it's deepest point, so it's quite a comfortable and practical size for daily wear, not merely for cocktails - handy at this time of C-19 and social restrictions ;-)
This exact ring is available for posting at my next trip to the Post Office, and is a unique item.
As with most of my jewellery, this is made from recycled silver - the shank from certified eco sterling silver - sold and recycled by my bullion dealer, the rest from my own offcuts that I had smelted and formed into sheet by a professional.
It's not hallmarked, is a size T and weighs 6.9g including the stone. Because this is one of my ‘challenge’ rings, it has a special price.
It's also been a very grey week here, so these photos don't do the stone justice.
If you would like a ring sizer, you can order one in my other listings, at cost. I'll refund you if you then place an order for a ring from me
Lady Jane Sapphire Cocktail ring - OOAK
Sterling Silver will eventually oxidise or tarnish. It's a natural process that can be slowed down by regular wear and by keeping unworn items away from the atmosphere. If you leave your jewellery out on display, this oxidisation will be faster. You can polish up your items, with a soft cloth, some silver polish, or a buffing cloth such as Town Talk, which is readily available from any high street jewellers in the UK
Fine silver is 99.9% silver, and because of this the tarnish rate is much, much slower. Again, a buff should do the job for polishing it back up. If I have patinated your silver already, be gentle when buffing!
Each piece should stand up to regular wear, but , as with all jewellery, please remove it before washing, using chemicals or applying perfume etc
Apply body lotion and perfume a few minutes before putting on your jewellery to help slow down tarnish
The sterling silver used in these items was sold to me by my bullion dealer as certified recycled.
The gemstones I use have been sold to me by reputable dealers as untreated (unless stated specifically in the listing). They are a natural, organic creation from the earth and each one will be slightly different. You can see examples of this on my Facebook page.
I select the stones that I think go together best for each project, hence my comments that each item is individual.