Remember this garnet?
Very pretty, but not too impressive on its own. It had nice colour and clarity, but little did I know what it would look like after I set it.
I'm not going to say too much about how I made the ring shank. I will say that I really like the shape of it and will strive to duplicate it for many future projects! It was hammer textured and then brush finished before it was tumbled. I had to set it into a premade bezel cup, but future rings will feature handmade bezels. Here's the finished ring:
This picture was taken with the ring sitting on my bench anvil! It would have been nice if I had remembered to polish the stone quickly first. The white reflection is my full spectrum magnifying light overhead, mimicking natural daylight.
A closeup view so you can see the texture in the band. In this view it's possible to see a little bit of the E6000 jewellery adhesive I used on the back of the cabochon, because it wasn't fully set yet. Now that it has had time to cure, you can't see it anymore.
How it looks on my finger! Because that's what's most important, right? I am really quite taken with this ring, I must say, especially now that I have wiped the shmutz off of it! :-D
And what did you do today?