Black Jade and Diamond Cuff

Recently I took some time off to have my tonsils removed. Which allowed me to relax and take things slow. After recovering I made my way back into the studio. Things were slow to start, but my time away has brought up some new ideas. Here is one such design that has come to light . I still haven’t come up with a name for it yet, so in the time being  it will be ” Black Jade and Diamond cuff “. It started almost 13 months ago, when I was working on a cabochon of black jade, natural Royston turquoise and coral. Spending only a few hours to cut, slab and polish these stones to create the interesting cabochon above. It sat on my desk staring me down and wondering where it would lead too next.. As time passed it was shuffled from place to place, until last week. I began to work on a silver cuff, texturing, forming, sanding and polishing the piece. When I remembered one of my recent sketches, that incorporated a cabochon of similar shape and design. The decision was made, I would combine the two. I started on the setting for the cabochon and braised it onto the new silver cuff slightly risen and off center. This design element took advantage of the rule of thirds (which I use in a majority of my work), thought to me by another great artist, teacher and friend Mrs. Jean Thurow. Next I created the seating for the 6 diamonds (2mm, 0.24 tcw) and set them into the cuff. The final stage would be to set the cabochon, this would be done by chasing the silver bezel around the stone. After one last polish and cleaning all the elements had fallen into place. At last,  It was complete.

Thank you to everyone who assisted in my recovery and all who wished me well and a speedy recovery.

 

 

Heard update..better late than never…

I would like to extend my gratitude to the family, friends, patrons, new acquaintances and the Guild, for an outstanding show this year.. All of this wouldn’t have been possible without all of you…   Thanks

Congratulations to the Award winners, as well as all who participated.. As for myself, I didn’t make it the Preview night to see the award winners. I’m sure it was awesome… but I did get the good news from my brother Pat on some of the winners.

Honorable Mention Pat Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo) “Tactical Cowboy Spurs”

Honorable Mention Carolyn Concho (Acoma Pueblo)  “Summer Blessings”

Judge’s Award – Max Early (Laguna Pueblo) “American Holiday Creche”

First Place Christopher Pruitt (Laguna Pueblo) “#8 Bolo” Div A – Personal Adornment (necklaces, bolos, pendants)

#8 Bolo

Photo courtesy of P@ Pruitt..

 

2012 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market

I’ve been busy working with my brother Pat to move the jewelry studio to a new location and working on items for the Heard show…..If you get a chance to attend the 54th Annual Heard Indian Fair & Market, Saturday & Sunday, March 3 & 4, 2012, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Phoenix AZ)

Sign up for my email list and I will be sending out pictures of items I will have at the Heard Indian Market.

 We will be there, please join us…

Pat Pruitt and Marla Allison in booth # J-11
(runs parallel along Central)
Chris Pruitt and Max Early in booth # K-06
(in front of the Berlin Gallery doors)

– Chris