Friday, May 31, 2013
If you want to be first to flaunt jewels in a citrus-y shade, check out my Edburga poison ring set with a vivid fire opal cabochon.
The fire opal is set in an 18K-yellow-gold bezel. The body of the ring is blackened sterling silver. With regular wear, the blackened finish wears off, exposing the regular silver underneath. I think this evolution makes the ring more beautiful and the piece is best suited for people who agree, because there ain’t no stopping the process!
I’ve only made one of my Edburga rings with fire opal, so if you get this you’ll have a one-of-a-kind piece.
The Anglo-Saxon queen Edburga is one of my more highlarious royal-lady jewelry inspirations. In the late 700s, she helped her kingly husband out by poisoning his enemies. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and she poisoned hubby himself. Whoops! She hightailed it out of town and wound up in the court of Charlemagne, who was quite taken with her. He offered her a choice for her next spouse: himself or his son. She picked the son. Oh, Edburga! That was the wrong answer! Charlemagne sent her to a convent as punishment. At the convent, she hooked up with a new boyfriend — according to some versions of the tale, she got pregnant — so she was kicked to the curb again. I think her theme song should be Pink’s “Trouble”:
Yeah trouble now
I’m trouble y’all
I got trouble in my town”
If you’re going to JCK Las Vegas, come see me! I don’t have a booth, but I’m part of the educational program. On Saturday, June 1, the gorgeous jewelry expert Cheryl Kremkow and I will be speaking about “The Next Generation Customer, Who Are They and How Do We Sell to Them.” Come see us from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. in the Tradewinds EF meeting room in the Mandalay Bay hotel! I have a photo of FitzRoy the cat in my PowerPoint presentation. I’m sure you don’t want to miss that!