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Black Jade and Sapphire Rings by jessa1155 Black Jade and Sapphire Rings by jessa1155
These are two examples of Mark's hand carved black jade rings.

These are hand carved Wyoming Edward's Black Jade rings with flush set sapphires made by Mark. This material is near impossible to find in the current gem market. The wonderful black jade has no impurities, is jet black and takes a great polish.

Unlike many people who use tumblers to do the finishing on hand carved rings, Mark does every aspect of the shaping & finishing by hand.
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ohoake88 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
AMAZING! Do you sell your pieces???
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes we do, if your interested in having us do something send us a not:)
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wolfman07 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
how much do you charge for one?
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ou8nrtist2 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional
Great work...
Tell Mark I said so...LOL
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Okay:)
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AelisLaurel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008
Ooooo! Yum yum yum! They looks fantastic guys!

:clap: :clap: :clap:
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks:)
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kivrin82 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful!
Rough and gentile at the same point. :heart:
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oldbob Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
Great job on the black jade. I'm glad I got my stash about 10 years ago. Old rockhound getting out and I got 60 lbs of rough. I find it one of the easier varieties of jade to get that great polish on and I see Mark figured out the trick as well.

Keep up the good work

Old bob
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Is that 60lbs Edward's black? :)
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:iconoldbob:
oldbob Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
yes, 60 lbs of Edwards black on 5-10 lb faced chunks.
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:iconjessa1155:
jessa1155 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
If you ever want to part with any of it you let me know:)
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carpe0diem Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
Those are really nice Mark! I love Black Jade I have used it in several pieces. I once made a pair of dice with .10 point diamonds for the dots for a high roller one time. Nice work.
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sounds like a nice pair of dice:) How did you set the diamonds in the jade?
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carpe0diem Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
I set the diamonds in platinum bezels then I use a cement called Aqua Seal to keep them in place.
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realityhelix Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooooh...
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:)
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Nyarthan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
These are just beautiful! The jade looks so much more elegant than silver for a setting. Is Jade more fragile than silver?
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
In some ways yes and others no. You can't heat this ring to red hot or re size it. Silver is much easier to scratch and bend though so it all depends on what aspect you're looking at:)
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redLillith Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
beautifully done! I actually live in Wyoming, very near where this stone is mined. hardly ever see it put to this kind of use . . really just gorgeous. :D
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I wish the Edwards Black Jade was still available:( So much black jade is sold as Edward's that isn't. I got my stock from old rockhounds and I'm always looking for more, but not usually finding it.
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redLillith Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
oh I know! my college geology prof. had some prime samples of that . . as well as the Wyoming black so we could compare the two. that stuff is gorgeous. have you ever seen the Blue from here? the Teapot Dome has 7 varieties of jade . . and the blue and the black are my favorites. :)
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
No I've never seen the blue from Wyoming, I've seen the blue from California though:) Do you have any blue?
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redLillith Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
oh! I no longer have any of my own . . the last piece I had got polished up and used in a belt buckle for an uncle of mine. I can hunt around and see if there are any more choice pieces available locally though. it's a really gorgeous deep blue. ^_^
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I would love to see some:)
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redLillith Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
well then, I will see what I can dig up! :D
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:clap:
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CrysallisCreations Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:wow: I love this kind of whole piece of something that made into a circle or even a ring.....

bravo Mark!!! :faint:
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks:)
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Klarenden Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
I didn't even know they came in black!!!
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:iconjessa1155:
jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
It comes in many colors, black is probably one of my favorites though:)
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Klarenden Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
I can see why, its pretty!
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AmethystxDreams Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008   Writer
These are beautiful. I'd love to see one with a ruby in it soon! :)
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
If I find time in the next couple of months you may:)
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blackicepond Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
That looks like a lot of fun! Nicely done flush setting! Is that jade rough lapped and polished, or did it come off the saw like that?!!
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
The rough has been sawed a face polished:)
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ErrantDreams Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Minimalist and elegant!
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks:)
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
You have made such a mess!!!

I opened this up and you blew my mind. Now my room is covered in brains :)

AWESOME!!!!
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Next time Michael I'm going to have to ask you to put a bag over your head so you don't make such a mess:)
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yoboseiyo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
wow! those are totally hot!
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks:)
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DarkFireRaven Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
These rings are just gorgeous! I love the black band, it is so elegant and dramatic. The sapphires really bring out the elegance of the black and they compliment each other so well. :)
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I want to make another one with a diamond instead of a sapphire, maybe a ruby also. Who am I kidding, if I had enough of this material I would make just about every variation I could:)
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DarkFireRaven Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
A diamond would be gorgeous! Now I'm thinking of all the other gemstones out there too. Oooh, chrome diopside would be gorgeous! And topaz...*floats away*
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Black works well with so many things:)
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DarkFireRaven Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I adore black. It is a classic, elegant color that goes with everything. :D
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Catsarah Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Student General Artist
I'd never be able to wear something like this. I've smashed too many hematite rings and others like that to ever wear a stone ring again. But They are lovely to look at.

Now, carved hoop earings...that's another story.
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's not surprising. Most likely your rings weren't even real hematite. A majority of the stuff on the market is man made. That doesn't make that material any tougher though. Nephrite jade is the toughest stone there is. That's right it's even tougher than diamond:) In pre historic times nephrite jade was fashioned into ax heads and other tools.I've worn the ring on the right for over three years now and have dug through rock piles and done many things with it I probably shouldn't. The only thing I've had to do to it is re polish the shank because I dug through a rock pile. It's never chipped or cracked. I don't ever expect it to either. I know this material wouldn't give you the problems your past rings have:)
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hamnox Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
If it's tougher than diamonds then what do you use to cut and polish it 0_o?
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