Monday, June 10, 2013

Water Dreams ring

I'm so lucky that I get to work with some amazing people. I love my customers, they always inspire me to do even better work than I have done before. Recently I had the honor to make an engagement/wedding ring for a beautiful, funny, smart and unique woman. She wanted something inspired by wheat, to remind her of growing up on the plains of Nebraska paired with a low, round bezel to represent the passage of time, the cycle of life. I love to make meaningful work for wonderful people and I'm really proud of how this wheat ring turned out:

14k palladium white gold with a 7mm blue aquamarine


She started as a customer and has now become a friend (and her husband is one of the sweetest men I've never met). So when I created a new ring, I had a hard time putting words to my vision so I went to her for help naming it. She's a writer and found the words for my new ring.

I asked for her help and she wrote, "I thought of this poem, "Water Night," which is adapted by Eric Whitacre from the original Spanish "Agua Nocturna" by Octavio Paz:

Water Night
Night with the eyes of a horse that trembles in the night,
Night with eyes of water in the field asleep
Is in your eyes, a horse that trembles,
Is in your eyes of secret water.

Eyes of shadow-water,
Eyes of well-water,
Eyes of dream-water.

Silence and solitude,
Two little animals moon-led,
Drink in your eyes,
Drink in those waters.

If you open your eyes,
Night opens, doors of musk,
The secret kingdom of the water opens
Flowing from the center of the night.

And if you close your eyes,
A river fills you from within,
Flows forward, darkens you
Night brings its wetness
To beaches in your soul."

Water Dreams ring in sterling silver and aquamarine
 This is another experimentation with CAD (computer aid design) where I do a technical drawing of my sketch, my friend turns it into a CAD design which is printed in resin. Then I hand carve the details to make sure it has the flow and feel of my work. I have all my pieces cast in NYC and then I hand set the stone, oxidize the ring and finish it with a high polish. I love how it turned out and can't wait to make the matching band. And I love the name.

4 comments:

trentongal said...

thanks for sharing your inspiration for this beautiful ring, you are so very talented!

lisa lehmann said...

wow. the words are perfectly fitting and beautiful for your amazing design. i love it.

Joyce said...
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Joyce said...

Very excellent ring and photos are amazing.

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