Black Onyx Bracelet
|Black onyx bracelet with filigree wires|
To start the bracelet, several wires are soldered together. A setting is made and placed between the wires and soldered into place.
| The setting for the stone is inserted|
The filigree wires are made by twisting two round wires together, then flattening them on two sides. This gives the appearance of scallops. The wires are soldered into place. Boy, it's time to clean the schmutz off my soldering block!
The filigree wires are inserted
The bracelet is formed into its final shape. The ends are rounded and the file work is done. It's ready for a prepolish and setting the stone.
The bracelet is bent into a cuff shape
This is another view of the finished piece on the back side. You notice that the back plate of the stone setting has hearts embossed on it?
The back side of the bracelet
Here's a snowflake obsidian bracelet that's similar, but with more filigree wires.
|Snowflake obsidian bracelet|
This is the back side of the obsidian bracelet, where I've cut out a spray of flowers. Just a special little touch known to the owner.
|The back side of the snowflake obsidian bracelet|
Black stones always go very well with silver because of the high contrast between the silver and the black. Silver is considered to be one of the whitest precious metals.