Category Archives: Stones

What to Look for in an Opal

30 years ago, close friend of mine, Pete Condor, gave me good advice on choosing gemstones. His advice was that if you like a stone, find it beautiful and it fits your needs and pocket book, then buy it. A … Continue reading

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Opal Magic

I have recently had a number of requests for one of a kind, opal designs and although my opal collection is extensive, the opal selection on my web site was neither up to date nor impressive.  Most Februarys, I attend … Continue reading

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Dragon Opal Ring Commission

I received a commision to create a large dragon ring featuring two Australian opals.  My client choose from my collection of opals and directed the design. I worked on this piece on and off for several months.   The ring … Continue reading

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Customer requests: add jewels to large octopus pendant

A woman ordered my large octopus pendant for a dive trip to the Dominican Republic but she wanted it customized. I e-mailed her numerous photos of gemstones and we chose this array of stones for her Treasure Octopus Pendant. A … Continue reading

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The Phoenix Dragon Tiara – Stage 4

This elaborate tiara comission is nearing completion.  After months of sculpting the wax, sweating over the price of precious metal, and agonizing over the logistics of casting such a complex project, magic has happened.  All that remains to be completed … Continue reading

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Fire Opals in Todos Santos

In March, I traveled to Baja Mexico with three friends. We drove to Todo Santos, a lovely art community on the Pacific Coast about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas. We visited a jewelry shop specializing in Mexican fire … Continue reading

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