Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Jelly Opal Ring
This is a Mexican Jelly Opal and silver ring.
The ring shank is from a 1840's fine silver spoon that I got at a yard sale. Fine silver is really soft and someone used the spoon as a hammer. It couldn't be repaired, so I'm trying to get 3 pieces of jewelry from it.
Here is some of the process:
I don't like rings to be all symmetrical. First of all, your fingers aren't round and then the valleys between the fingers don't line up. A perfectly round and symmetrical ring looks good, but it won't really wear comfortably.
The jelly opal is really a fragile stone and I actually cracked it before it was set.
So I used Opticon to fix it. Or well, mostly repair it. It did a good job.
This picture shows how bad the crack was before the Opticon.