Bring Tabs To The Forefront

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Enhance the contours of freeform stones with oversized decorative tabs that integrate form and function.
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Often, a metalsmith is also a collector. A collector of tools, a collector of materials, and a collector of stones. Occasionally, a stone comes along that although irregularly shaped, and not of immediate use, is so stunning that it’s collected anyway. I keep an assortment of these charming specimens in a bowl on my workbench and periodically sift through them as I gather my thoughts. I was running my fingers over one such stone and it sparked an idea for a brooch. I wanted to frame the stone in an unusual setting that really set it off and played up its organic qualities. It was then that I began setting irregularly shaped stones with large tabs, using the stone’s shape to influence the design of the piece.

By Erin Austin

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