Sterling silver ring with malachite and citrines.
Original design: I did several sketches and the client picked this one.
One of a kind, sold.
I love dragonflies - they are so elegant and graceful, and malachite resembles the grasses by the water where they fly.
Malachite is a special stone. When I was little, I visited the Hermitage museum in St.Petersburg and saw huge vases (urns) carved out of a single block of malachite. And then I read "The Mistress of the Copper Mountain" - Russian fairy tale about a master who strives to carve a flower of stone that would be as beautiful as the real one... So, even though malachite is rather soft and breakable, I always love to use it for its special history and qualities.
Technical stuff: all the details are hand-sawn and formed from sterling silver (no casting involved). The top frame with the little dragonfly is actually made from one plate. The malachite is set from the back and covered with a sawn plate to protect the stone from contact with the skin. The ring is patinated to highlight the design.