Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ruby Pendant

A couple years ago while on vacation in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Debora and I went to the Pigeon Forge Gem Mine on the Parkway.  We like to go to this fee mine, as they actually know what the gemstones in the buckets are.  We have found several very good pieces of rough that can be cut into faceted and cabochon stones.  This ruby pendant was fashioned from a crystal that we mined.  The crystal was hexagonal, I cut two slabs across the horizontal plane and then cabbed them in my lapidary.  This stone measures 25 mm across from side to side and weighs a little over 80 carats.  This is one of the favorite vacation spots for us.

This pendant was made with 22 gauge square half hard Sterling Silver with with bindings made of 21 gauge half round half hard Sterling Silver wire.  This and other pieces of jewelry are available at Rasmussen Gems on Handmade Artists.


  1. I am always amazed at your work John! This pendant is just stunning and anyone would be lucky to own it!