she wanted something to gift to her niece for the holidays but did not know her finger size. what better way than to provide a band that one can self-adjust?!
she has strong local ties and found me online. she has a boat load of sisters, and i had the pleasure to host all of them one day in the shop to brainstorm the design. it was boisterous and fun!
every once in a while i get an opportunity to combine the flotsam and jetsam in someone’s jewelry box – an earring received as a gift often has a mate that has strayed. every time one sees these pieces, one is flooded with the memories of the time, place and person. such was the story of these earrings made by the original curmudgeon of a silversmith, well known in this area.
she had two orphan earrings of the same design but different sizes. the idea to create an adjustable ring popped into my head, and i provided a bypass ring that i had on hand. the beauty of a bypass is that it is very forgiving – it can be opened or closed to accommodate a large range of finger sizes. when working with a long-distance recipient, it makes for a more successful fit.
first, the earring posts were removed. since the earrings are a custom fabrication themselves, great care was required to keep them intact while constructing the new piece of jewelry.
- wrap-around adjustable bypass ring in sterling silver, simple and modern
location: Las Vegas, NV