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Dragonfly Ring by GeshaR Dragonfly Ring by GeshaR
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.
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:iconnpavusa:
NPavusa Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You jewelry is truly precious. Who knows, someday in the future I might just order a piece from You :D
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GeshaR Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :-) I'll be honored!
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:iconnpavusa:
NPavusa Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And I'll be the one with the piece! It's a win-win situation! xD
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:icongeshar:
GeshaR Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
LOL yes :-)
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Dans-Magic Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Very nice! Love how you finished the back side. :)
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:icongeshar:
GeshaR Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I love jewelry with "secrets" :-)
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MuzunguMbaya Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Astounding work. Hard to believe it wasn't cast!
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:icongeshar:
GeshaR Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! All hand-filed silver, no wax :-)
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PurlyZig Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the details in this ring are superb! I love the back detail....
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:icongeshar:
GeshaR Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I love making jewelry with little "secrets" such as this.
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:icongeere:
Geere Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Красивая работа :heart:
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:icongeshar:
GeshaR Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Спасибо :-)
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Geere Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Внутренняя часть кольца очень изящна, люблю, когда у украшения обе стороны лицевые :)
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GeshaR Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Спасибо, я тоже :-) Когда в украшении есть "секретик", о котором знает только хозяйка, это придает ему особую прелесть.
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Geere Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:love:
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WhiteTincture Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Wow... This is masterpiece! :heart:
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:icongeshar:
GeshaR Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :-)
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WhiteTincture Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
You're most welcome :).
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:iconcailface:
Cailface Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Your work is always gorgeous, but this is something special. Love it to bits and still can't quite grasp how every detail was made.
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:icongeshar:
GeshaR Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! All the pieces are sawn and file-formed, that's all :-)
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Cailface Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Mostly I'm wondering how you put it all together. But I guess I'd figure it out if I could turn it over in my hands. :)
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:icongeshar:
GeshaR Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm sure you could :-) No special tricks, just solder, bend, solder again...
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IndiraJ Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Really beautiful and clever design!

Question: How did you secure the plate behind the stone? Did you hammer the edges around it?
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:icongeshar:
GeshaR Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
That's right, I pushed down the edges on the shorter side of the stone (furthest from the center). Needless to say, I was very careful - malachite is rather soft. This way they hold both the stone and the plate.
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Entorien Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What a beautiful piece, I'm jealous of the lucky client who has this!
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:icongeshar:
GeshaR Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm jealous of her myself! I'm thinking of making one for me... Though I probably won't have the time :-)
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ECopalArts Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice work!!
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