- 2 weeks ago
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
Wow, another really cool project. Happy birthday to your daughter. This is amazing!
Wow, another really cool project. Happy birthday to your daughter. This is amazing!
Wow! It’s amazing! I love the colour of the gold!!!! Its so beautiful!
A Haku ring!? Very cool!! It looks so good and I love the sentiment. I’ve also never heard of black gold before. Is that something that has to be replated from time to time like white gold?
This is INCREDIBLE!! Your projects are always so cool, and that stone is gorgeous.
elderbee : Thanks so much! I am excited about it and super happy with how it turned out. I hope my daughter loves it and wears it often. I wasn’t familiar with the black gold before starting this project. And I’m not sure how well it will wear over time, but we will see how it goes!
DrAtkins : Thanks so much! Her birthday isn’t until the middle of September. So I have to decide if I’m going to be “mean” and make her wait to have it — ha, ha! I’m such a sucker, though, that I’m sure I will let her have it early. I started the project early because the turn around times have been a little slower as DK gets more and more requests. I wanted to make sure and give enough time for it to get done.
DappledDuchess : Thanks so much! I wasn’t sure what to expect, color-wise, from the black gold. But I love how it looks in the photos and videos. It should arrive at our house on Tuesday, so I hope it looks as great in person.
missconvy : Yes!! Haku … not Kohaku. Argh. I totally got that wrong. It’s been way too long since I last watched that movie. Thanks for the kind words. This is my first time trying a setting with black gold. It is a plating that goes over white gold, similar to rhodium. But DK said it wears better. So it will be interesting to see how well it holds up after my daughter starts wearing it. I expect it will probably have to be replated at some point, but I’m not sure how long.
spendabuck85 : Thanks so much! This was a fun project for me because it was for my daughter. And also because I got her input on some of the details to make sure it was what she wanted. Her stone is so pretty in person, but I was never able to get good macro shots of it loose. I was super excited to see how it turned out in the setting.
This is so cool. I got a birthstone ring on my 16th birthday from my mom and I got my daughter an antique cladding ring, which is special in our family, set with a garnet. It is a hundred years old, and she loves it.
Great job, bee!!
longtimemrs : You’re very welcome! Don’t worry, the beauty is in the details! I am sure your daughter will love it and hope she wears her Kohaku ring in good health. “Haku” is the diminutive version so both names are correct in Spirited Away.
Oooh, I want to hear about this gothic garnet ring! Garnets are gorgeous.
sf618b : I’m obsessed with dragons, too! Your daughter and I have that in common. I would totally have a pet dragon, if they were real. Even though it would probably burn down my house — ha, ha!
For dragon-themed jewelry, I have a couple of bracelets and a couple of rings.
The bracelets are the Naga style/design from Tom Hardy. One is silver with gold details. The other is leather with silver.
Both rings were made by David Klass.
A dragon and phoenix RHR in white and rose gold. It was originally set with a Montana Sapphire, but I changed that stone out for a blue zircon so the stone would “pop” a little more.
And my 20th anniversary ring, which is set with a purple spinel in rose gold.
missconvy : I was just sitting here thinking that I need to pull that movie out again to watch it. It’s such a good one. Probably one of my all-time favorite Ghibli films, along with Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle. I had forgotten all the names! That’s how long it’s been since I’ve seen it — ha, ha!
westtexasrev1 : Your daughter’s ring sounds gorgeous! I would love to see a picture. I probably had slightly selfish motives in making this, as I always wanted a birthstone ring when I was a teenager. And especially for my 16th birthday. But my birthstone is diamond, and my mom always said, “Diamonds are for when you get married.” (Which I don’t think is true, but she thinks what she thinks — ha, ha!) Even so, I wouldn’t have done the project if my daughter wasn’t comletely on board with it. I was happy she wanted to do the ring. She is really excited about it, so I hope it is everything she wanted it to be.
theambereyed1 : Thanks for the name info! I hope she loves and wears it a lot. She has already told me she doesn’t want me to hold it until her birthday. For a teenager, that shows a LOT of excitement! Ha, ha!
For the “goth ring”, which I hope to start at the end of this month, I am planning (right now … it might change) a setting with a combination metal roses and stone (black spinel, probably … if it’s in the budget). I want to do a trellis type basket for the stone, and raven heads set onto the shoulders. And am hoping to get a vine-looking band and/or some extra rose details either on the basket or on the raven heads. I have a rhodolite garnet for the stone, but my rhodolite shows an intense red, instead of pink. It’s a round, around 7.8mm and 2.71ct equivalent. The ring is going to be a RHR, probably for my index finger. That’s the plan, anyhow! It could change along the way. LOL
I am head over heels for the loose stone. I stalked it for months on the dealer’s site, until I was finally able to buy it.
longtimemrs : You are welcome. I hope that clears up the names a bit! Haha, I bet she’s super excited. Aww, she will love her dragon ring!
Your gothic garnet ring sounds awesome! I look forward to seeing updates, as you work on it. For every new project, you always seem to have a beautiful stone to base the project on! If you don’t mind sharing, where do you buy your stones?
I adore this and the sentiment behind it !! So special x
somethingabitdifferent : Thanks so much! =) I hope it will be a special piece with great memories for my daughter over the rest of her life.
theambereyed1 : Yes!! That helps so much with the names. I’m definitely not an expert in Japanese culture or language — just an avid anime fan, who is sadly out of the loop right now. I haven’t watched anime in FOREVER. In fact, I am still unpacking, and I ran across one of our DVDs for Spirited Away last night. I immediately thought: Oh! I need to watch this! LOL
Thanks for the kind words on my (hopefully) upcoming garnet gothic-themed ring. I’ve been planning on it for 3 or 4 months now, so I hope it turns out as great in reality as it is in my imagination — ha, ha! I have a small collection of loose stones, as I buy one or two here and there — basically whenever something catches my fancy and is within my price range. So I often plan out my projects based on stones I already have. For the goth ring, I did it differently. I had the idea, then immediately knew I NEEDED to grab this particular garnet I had been stalking online. I am still a total noob when it comes to gemstones and purchasing loose, and I am always learning.
I have purchased most of my gemstones from Mastercut Gems. They are a small, family-owned business based in North Carolina, and I have found them to be extremely helpful and kind. I love their prices and frequent sales, too. They have a website, but they have a lot more stock than what is shown online. I would have to say this is my favorite place to browse for and purchase gemstones. This site is one of the Trusted Vendors (or whatever they are called) on PriceScope.
I have also purchased from Gemselect, although I don’t buy from that site often. They have great prices, but I often feel like I am not enough of a gem expert to tell for sure on things like windows and extinction in various cuts from their photos and videos. So I usually shop with caution on that site, as well as on the low end of my budget. But I have found the site to be reliable and prompt for shipping on the few occasions I have purchased from there.
I purchased my daughter’s stone from Earth’s Treasury. It was my first time purchasing from the site. But I looooove to browse it. There are so many gorgeous stones on there, and lots of Montana Sapphires in all colors. I think this site is also listed in the PriceScope vendor list.
Sorry for the long reply! I hope it helps.
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