|Wedding bracelets made for a rock star (circa 1973) - Materials: sterling silver, 18K gold, 23 Australian Coober Pedy opals, 1 Lightning Ridge black opal, 1 sapphire, 5 diamonds, 93 Burmese pigeon blood rubies, and 6 Linde star rubies. Man's weighed 1 pound, woman's weighed about 1/2 pound (as per the customer's instructions).|
|Mister Grim: A friend of mine died from an overdose of cocaine. The Grim Reaper coke stash was his requiem. I sold it five times before it stopped coming back. Each time it was returned, the purchaser would say something like: "It's really an amazing piece, but late last night when I wanted another hit I realized that to get it I had to take the reaper by the hand." Of course that was my point. The left hand pivoted out so the lid could be lifted off, using the hour glass as a handle.The bottom of the scythe was a spoon. It was made of sterling silver; the skull was an antique sorcerer's symbol I bought in London, carved from human bone.|
|Reina de Colombiana: I cut a 280 carat emerald crystal cluster in partnership with the Colombian Emerald Federation. The largest finished piece weighed ~23 carats. They partnered with me to do the work because the Colombian cutters did not know how to cut "fancy" shapes. Cutting it into non-standard shapes was the only way to get a profitable yield, given the complexity of the crystal lattices.|
|Ancient Egyptian Scarabs (circa 1250 - 1500 b.c.e.) - Scarab on the left set in 18K gold with 2 muzo blue emeralds. Scarab on the right set in 18K gold with 2 diamonds and 4 Burmese pigeon blood rubies.|
|Flying Scarab: done in 18K gold with a citrine and royal blue pique-a-jour enamel. Pique-a-jour on a curved surface was considered a "lost art" at the time.|
|Butterfly: Lace agate set in 18K gold with a Coober Pedy opal body on a carved Siberian amethyst flower.
Conchoes: My first piece—the story of creation in six steps. Done in sterling silver, turquoise, moss agate, scrimshaw and citrine. They were originally custom-made for a pair of boots but the owner said they were too good for that so he had a leather worker make them into a an amazing belt. I designed the project so each of the six steps would teach me a different aspect of the jeweler's art.