Harvey came to me with a project that I had to do some experimenting with before I would commit. His dad was a hobby gold miner and Harvey inherited several ounces of unrefined gold from him along with a beautiful ruby. He really wanted to use that metal in a custom ring. The first ingot I made from the rough material was so full of impurities that is just crumbled when I hit it with a hammer. FYI gold should not do that! I added some sterling silver to the mix and came up with an alloy that let me work with it without it crumbling away with each file stroke. He was a gliding instructor so we came up with a design that was ionspired by the glider he flew. The call letters on the wings are his initials and his grand-daughters. She will be inheriting the ring from her grandfathers made with gold her great-grandfather mined. That is a wonderful family keepsake!
Congratulations to Terry and Ken for getting married after over 25 years of being together! Ken gave Terry this beautiful green tourmaline and Terry had been carrying it in his wallet for over 2 decades. He took it out since the small plastic bag it was in was in rough shape. A week later, I walked into his salon and became a new client. He was thrilled when he found out I could make him a ring out of this long loved stone. Now the stone is showed off instead of being tucked away. I think it's extra special since it was used in their ceremony and Ken has a matching ring.