See you then!
It’s hard to describe the Tucson Gem and Mineral show. I was only able to go to 5 or 6 shows (after a while everything starts to look similar!), but that was definitely enough to see the tremendous variety of goods offered by international and local suppliers. Minerals, fossils, gems, beads, were all on display for sale to wholesalers, stores, designers and to the public.
Sifting the good from the bad was easy, but dang, there was a LOT to sift through. It was super overwhelming at times, especially after seeing the same thing over and over again (fake Swarovski, glass beads, massage stones, tumbled rose quartz, etc.), but then I hit a choice booth and it’s like the heavens opened up. I got some great pale Jaspers, some great quality Amethyst, geometric cut Lapis, and some Chrysophase pairs.
TO THE WORKSHOP!
Sterling silver, customer’s own diamond, and 18k gold
I made this ring for an awesome lady in Montreal. She wanted to revamp an old ring she had with an AMAZING diamond in it. She saw one of my hinged rings and loved the idea of hiding the diamond when she was on the subway or in the grocery store, and then exposing it at dinner, gallery openings, and events.
Tips n’ tricks
1. The engagement/wedding rings usually goes on the “ring” finger of the left hand. The left and right hands are not identical, and one hand will typically be half-size smaller than the other.
2. Ask a jewelry artisan they frequently buy from. I generally keep a log of my client’s ring sizes just for occasions like this! Sleuth level: Easy
3. If your partner already has a ring that fits their ring finger, bring it into a jeweller and get it sized (this is usually done free of charge.) Sleuth level: Medium
4. The printable ring sizers you find online are not always accurate. Email me and I will happily send you a plastic ring sizer. Don’t be a creep, but while your partner is sleeping, size their finger with it. Sleuth level: Extremely High, only use this method if your partner sleeps like a rock and if it absolutely MUST be a surprise!
Your best bet is to get the most accurate measurement possible. Being sneaky about it is commendable, but if you’re way off, sometimes the ring cannot be resized. You can always just ASK your partner what their ring size is, or go to a jewelry store together to get sized. Trust me, it’s still a surprise to get a ring regardless.
Next weekend is IDS West, a showcase of the hottest and most inspiring designers in Western Canada. I’m grateful to be a part of The District; a new handmade marketplace amongst the brilliance. Come and visit, I’ll be there with new work!