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Blue Fire by jessa1155 Blue Fire by jessa1155
This hand fabricated Argentium silver pendant features an intricate pierced and hand engraved floral design. Mark cut a fiery black Andamooka Gem Matrix opal with blue, violet and a hint of teal green as the focal gem for the piece. The opal is set in a 22k gold bezel and we used 14k gold granulation accents. The pendant was finished off with Mark's signature tension set sapphire bail design... this is the bail that was featured in the advanced metalworking section in our article in the current issue of Art Jewelry magazine.
Entire design was hand fabricated.


We're taking suggestions for a better title:)
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Oni-Neko Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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MysteriousGray Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Student General Artist
Blue Fire hmm

Azure.. seems to be a better color name, either that or Indigo. No, I believe Azure sounds quite better.

Azure Flames.

Another gorgeous Black Opal piece... very striking.
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Flemingsen Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
Your jewellery are beautiful! Especially your rings and this pendant.
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much:)
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manwithashadow Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thats cool how your flowers have a 3d look to them! :brushteeth:
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
THANKS!!:popcorn:
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nekonezume Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
What about something like Opal Abyss? I love the word abyss. :D

Just beautiful. I love those rich blue tones.
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I like the ring to that name but think it would work better for a "darker" piece:)I will keep it in mind for a future project.
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nekonezume Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks! Glad you like it! :)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the elegant setting for what had to be a difficult stone with the asymmetrical cut and all!
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks Elly:) Jess is great at designing with stones that are asymmetrical. I love her:love:
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hamnox Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
It's beautiful, as usual :) I wish I could see it sparkle and shine--that's the one bad thing about photographing pieces.

I like the name Faerie's garden..
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:)
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
Very nice!

Someone needs to develop a lens filter to capture the opalescence of stones. I know I could use one. :)
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks Michael:) Let us know if you ever come across that elusive filter:)
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
Hmmm, I wodner if I cut a lens out of labrodorite at the perfect angle of refraction...

LOL, it may be a while before I get anything cut. My studio is full of boxes and displays. I will start dreaming of a filter that unpacks work, inventories it, and puts it all back in storage:) maybe do a few dishes as well, LOL.

Beautiful work, keep on making.
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DarkFireRaven Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is exquisite!

All the detail is just beautiful, and I love the tension-set bail. Tension and bezel are my absolute favorite settings. The blue of the opal is gorgeous. ^_^
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, the bail lets a lot of light into that beautiful natural sapphire. It doesn't show as well in the pics as it does in person:)
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DarkFireRaven Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Photos rarely do a good piece justice. ^_^
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moonbeebz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the "frame" too. It's like a cottage window.
Hmmm Garden Secret, Fairie's secret, Bleu Secret,
Kept Secret, Secret Window... Yes, Secret Window.
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, a few of those have a real nice ring to them:)
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Jellaboom Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
:drool:

how about Blue Star of the Garden?? or Big Blue of the Garden?? ok, that's all i got in me! :rofl:
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:) Thanks, trying to come up with names can sometimes be harder than making the piece itself:)
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Jellaboom Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
oh yeah...i have that problem too!
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AJGlass Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very pretty stone. The design is ok. I'm not too enthralled with the color of the bale. I would have made it silver. The golden drops (rivets?) are a nice touch as accents in the flower leaves.

:)
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks:)
The tension set bail is silver? The whole design is silver... other than the 22k bezel and the gold granulation accents.
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AJGlass Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Bezel! That's what I meant to call it.

Yet another brain fart for AJ. :lol:
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:) NO problem.

I see what you mean about the gold... but the photo doesn't pick up the green/teal colors within the gem. Blue usually does look best in white metal but the other colors within the opal are brought out and enhanced to the human eye with the high karat gold.... unfortunately you can't see them in the photos though.
There's also the fact that setting such a high quality opal in all sterling reduces the value and high-end appeal to the piece. Once our opal reaches a certain value we usually try to use high karat gold settings.... and most of our clients have loved the two-toned contrast.

Thanks for expressing your honest opinion about the piece:)
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elevengallows Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Absolutely amazing!

I most love the way in which the hexagon's geometry really balances the sinuous florals!

You guys never cease to amaze.
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
We're glad you love it:blush:
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skyvale Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
This is a gorgeous design, and the gemstone is just stunning... and I actually think the title is rather suiting of it. ^^
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks:)
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carpe0diem Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
This is very nice , I love the geometric design with the organic look.
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much David.. I'm glad you liked it:)
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ErrantDreams Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
...Wow.

Just, wow.
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks:)
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