This is a sterling silver ring with 14k accents and a Mexican matrix opal. The top of the ring is about 1 1/8" lengthwise. I love this type of opal. It looks a little wild and almost prehistoric to me. The photo doesn't do justice to the depth and color play in the opal; it's full of sparkly reds and golds but the camera just couldn't figure out how to focus on it.
I made the band last year but never put a top on it. I made the top and put it all together today. The silver for the main part of the top was recycled from my own scrap silver, and I cut the shape out this morning. Then I melted a tiny gold chain to make the gold accent pieces. So about half the ring is recycled metal :-)
I haven't set many stones before. This is the first one I've done with no supervision, thanks to an awesome video by Lexi Erickson called Metalsmith Essentials: Setting Stones with Bezels. Just what I needed -- a teacher in my home that I could rewind and pause!
Hope you like the ring. Come back tomorrow for another new piece.
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