A Diamond Necklace and a Carved Aquamarine Pendant and a new Painting.

by hansmeevis on August 14, 2010

White gold and diamond necklace.
A whole lot of jump rings and dangle bits and
gallery work.
About 60grams of gold and 7 carats of diamond.

I know this is going to sound a bit mean, because work is work and it puts porridge on the table, but I really do not like making this kind of jewellery anymore. It is an awful amount of concentration and while the end result is wow stuff, one can find this in any high end jewellery shop. So it’s just same old same old.

Now this is something I utterly love making…My latest carved aquamarine pendant.
Made out of 18 ct yellow and white gold, set with diamonds
and a 7.7ct aquamarine.

The aquamarine is carved so that it ‘folds’ over
the white gold swirl .

The swirl was soldered in after the aquamarine had been set.
Delicate soldering that.
10 grams in total.

From time to time I pick up a brush or two and paint some stuff.
This is my latest one in oils on canvas.
Normally I paint meter high paintings, so this is the smallest
I have done in a while, at 260mm x 200mm.
It is a Crowned Lapwing female guarding her eggs.
( see the eggs?) They very well camouflaged.
I used to do ringing ( called banding in America) for the
Avian Demography Unit of the University of Cape Town,
when I lived in Botswana.
As I approached her eggs she came out at me and by luck I snapped
this picture.
I then beat a hasty retreat, because she was not a little bit
scared of me.
It’s a female thing, that.




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LEONA August 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Love your (old lady ) piece. Tho I know that’s the kind of jewelry that sixteen yr. olds are wearing,(costume of course)
All your work is high quality.
When do you sleep? I understand the same old as I did benchwork for 18 yrs at a highend store and manufacture.
Leona in east tn.


Ski & Cathy August 16, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Hans, As always, nicely done…..and fussy old lady jewelry…..maybe I shouldn’t admit it, but I really like it. Does that mean I’m getting old, fussy and starting to show a feminine side??? Not that I’m worried, mind you.



hansmeevis August 15, 2010 at 5:37 pm

and fussy old lady jewelry
So funny and true— but she’s great though.
Don’t mess with her, ’cause she likes what she likes….


Beth Wicker August 15, 2010 at 9:16 am

Love the aquamarine Hans…. the swirls and marriage of stone and metal are wonderful. Love the understated humor too lol!


Bentiron August 14, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Such diversity, steam engines, oil paintings and fussy old lady jewelry. You a decedent of Leonardo de Vinci? I agree with you on the fussy bit of jewelry at the top, nice work but one does get tired of the same old work. The aquamarine is very nice work and the flow is majestic to see, definitely not fussy old lady jewelry. The bird is not quite the Mona Lisa but I’m totally surprised to know that you paint.


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