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Hi All; I don’t wear much jewelry, but from time to time I’ve become
attached to personal items as such;
A pendant I made from a slice off the end of a high-carbon tool
steel rod, about 1 inch in diameter and ground to a low dome, set in
a backed sterling bezel, hanging by a bail on a continuous leather
cord. Inlayed in the center is the Hebrew letter “teth” in polished
18K gold and the steel is finished in a deep plumb brown. On the
back an engraving of a spiral, expanding counter-clockwise, of
course. Set under the steel gem are a few choice ingredients. The
symbolism in the piece is complex.
My wedding band is a 14K yellow gold band, about 10 millimeters in
width, deeply carved with an interlocking wave pattern taken from the
frieze of a Minoan pottery water jug. The act of the carving is left
evident in the finish and the casting and the gold a wedding present
from a fellow jeweler. The design is an oceanic motif and also an
organic form of an infinity symbol.
An 18K white gold antique ring, set with a square bloodstone, the
long axis perpendicular with the finger. It’s finely engraved and
once belonged to my wife’s great grandfather who was also a
blacksmith and a Pisces. I trained on the same anvil he did, many
years before I ever met my wife and before I could have known of his
My current favorite is a single antique ivory bead, about half-inch
in diameter, on a leather cord, san’s clasp, simply knotted in the
back. In Mali it identifies the blacksmith whose social standing is
equaled only by the high priest. Perhaps it’s arrogant to wear such
an article, sort of like taking out a Karmic credit card at unknown
interest rates. We’ll see.
My next piece, when I can afford it, will be a platinum signet
shaped ring, set with a dazzling and large genuine blue star sapphire
which I recently acquired. I like to take the stone out of the safe
and watch that star follow my eye as I shift it in my hand. This I
will make as an heirloom, and it will probably be hand engraved over
the entire surface.
David L. Huffman