I often find variscite when shopping for turquoise online. This gorgeous cabochon of green apple and caramel brown Australian Variscite caught my eye right away. The colors were stunning and it was the perfect size for a ring. Since I was buying from a reputable US lapidary, I knew the stone would be as pictured.
I saw this stone in a feminine ring from the start despite the bright green color. I knew that I wanted to use a floral patterned double ring shank so I very carefully lined up the pattern so that it matched between the two pieces of wire before I soldered them and soldered painstakingly slow so that NOTHING moved. That wasn't enough to get the look I wanted. Something was missing. I looked through all of my wire looking for something fancy to use for my bezel wire and nothing felt right. Then I stumbled onto my large berry flower wire- which was too big for this stone. Right away I went to my silver company's website to see what other sizes they had this wire in because this was the missing piece. I found the wire in the correct size, ordered it, and a week later, the ring was finished!
It's rustic and elegant at the same time... that's my specialty.