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My Last Blog Post Posted on 05 Jan 20:10 , 0 comments

This is going to be my last post on this page, as I have begun a photo blog on Instagram to share my studio happenings. Please follow me there at KellyLimbergJewelry.

For my last post here I wanted to share a recent topaz & silver ring, which has become one of my favorite pieces made to date.  The ring started on paper with a to scale rendering of the design.

Custom Ring Design Sketch

After the design was finalized, the work began. The first step was to create the bezel, which actually starts as a simple cone. 

Cone for Bezel

The next step was to cut and file out all the detail of the bezel. And once that was completed I had to create the split band to fit exactly around the bezel. 

Trimmed Silver Bezel

Pieces of a Ring

And with some soldering, patience and careful fitting the band came together. 

Hand fabricated Ring

A seat was then carved for the stone and the prongs shaped, and then finally the stone was set and the piece polished up. 

Topaz & Silver Ring

Feel free to contact me if you are interested in having a custom ring made for you or a loved one!


A Peek at Artisan Jewelry in the Making Posted on 20 Jul 00:00 , 0 comments

On the corner of my workbench there had been a long, plain strip of silver just sitting and waiting. This past spring I had drawn the original sketch for a new cuff, and then cut out a silver section which would be the base of the new piece.

However, then things got busy, other orders became priority, and a move to our new home shuffled things around even more. When I unpacked in my new studio, the silver piece again found it's place on the upper corner of my workbench. Months passed, until finally a few weeks ago, I was able to return to my abandoned piece of silver.

The strip has now became my new Floral Landscape Cuff. Of course there were a number of steps that occurred in between the strip of silver and the final piece. Several of those steps I have shared below. This piece is a little different than some of my other designs, like the Will-o'-Wisp Brooch, in that I combined both forged wire and sheet to create the top details.

What step do you find most interesting? Designing, sawing, soldering, or adding the patina?

 Making a cuff bracelet    Jewelry Making Process - Jeweler's Saw

Jewelry Making - Fusing Argentium Silver     Jewelry Making - Adding a Patina 

   Artisan Cuff - Handcrafted in Argentium Silver