This necklace features a piece of topaz from Devil’s Head in Colorado. I love that it is rough cut and not polished and smooth. And I knew I’d have to create a custom setting for it because it was an irregular shape. For this piece, I chose to make a simple tab setting. I did a trial in cardboard and once I got the dimensions correct, transferred it to brass. I did use glue to attach the stone to the base and then wrapped the prongs around it. The stone looked a little fragile and I could imagine it shattered into little pieces, so I was gentle with the prongs.
I made the chain. Right now I am loving handmade brass chain. I like that it is not uniform in color. I think it adds a rustic quality that works well with the rough cut stone. My boyfriend brought the stone back from his trip to Leadville, CO where he participated in a 100 mile race. So, this piece is in my personal collection and I treasure it. He’s going back to Leadville this year. Maybe he will bring back more stones – hint, hint.