Hammered Hoops w/ Carnelian (2")

by Rough Jewelry


Carnelian is a dramatic red gemstone, often found in Brazil, Siberia, India and Germany. In folklore, Carnelian is said to bestow wearers with the gift of eloquence. 

It is semi-opaque, so I bezel-set them in a hand-made bezel with a large diamond shape cut into the back to allow maximal light to shine through the stone to highlight its natural beauty. The back of the bezel is rounded by hand using a file, and tool marks are left behind to match the finish of the hoops.

To craft the hoops, I begin by drawing wire from precious metal, forming a small straight hoop, and then hand-hammering it alternatively on a bracelet mandril and an anvil to achieve the complex organic shape. In general, they go through three rounds of hammering and annealing to produce the end product, which is a lovely 2 inch hoop.

They're then finished with a file and medium-grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough or sharp edges, but tool marks are left behind to give them a coarse matte finish.

I make the fish hooks from 22 gauge wire, hand-formed from the same metal as the hoops. These hoops are available in sterling silver, 14k rose gold, 14k white gold, and 14k yellow gold (silver is pictured).

Every pair of earrings is made to order, and this piece in particular features a high degree of variability by intention. You can rest easy that nobody will have exactly the same earrings as you, as I do not make these earrings from casts.

The cabochons were acquired in a large lot of mixed cabochons from a flea market in Brooklyn, and therefore their origins cannot be verified. In accordance with my ethical sourcing policies, 10% of the proceeds from this sale will be donated to charities supporting the recovery of areas impacted by unethical diamond trade practices.

Photo Credit: Fanyuan Qiu, Krystal Lim

Model Credit: Fanyuan Qiu