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I have just learned the art of lost wax casting, and have been enjoying getting back to my old passion of carving. In the lost wax casting process, one begins with basic shapes of wax. Then, the desired form is carved from the wax. A mold is made, into which molten metal is poured. After breaking the mold, the rough cast piece is worked until it is finished.

This is my very first lost wax piece. I have chosen to cast it in sterling silver, and have formed it around a unique moldavite. Moldavites are rare and unique tektites, or meteoric impact glass. They come from the Czech Republic, where there are only a few mines still mining this material. It is estimated that in ten years, moldavites will be mined out and thus, no more 'new' material will hit the market.

Moldavites are thought to have arrived when meteorites hit the earth 15 million years ago. Most authorities agree that this material is extraterrestrial in origin. It is a gorgeous, bottle green colour, and has the most amazing pitted and folded surface.

I have built a very organic pendant within which to showcase this piece of natural history. I tried to show the pitting and motion of the original impact in the form of the piece. This piece is cast in solid sterling silver, and is quite substantial.

The moldavite is held into place by prongs which I soldered into the pendant. The whole piece has been polished, and I used a touch of oxidization to lend contrast between the low and high areas. In order to allow the light to flow through the moldavite, this is an open-back pendant.

The chain is a long-link sterling silver piece, and closes with a hand-forged hook and eye. The pendant hangs from a tension-closed hand-forged jump ring. I have chosen a tension closed ring, as opposed to a soldered closed ring, in case one would like to change the chain. I do have a chunkier, more 'masculine' sterling silver chain in my studio which I can hang this from for an additional $25.

length of the necklace: approximately 20"
length of the chain links: 5/8"
length of the pendant, including the bail: 1 1/2"
length x width of moldavite: 15/16" x 7/16"

PLEASE NOTE: Shipping cost includes full insurance, tracking number, and delivery confirmationShipping- please read: These ship with Air Mail Small Package, unless otherwise requested by you. This method has no tracking number, and a 4-10 business day (estimated, not guaranteed) travel time from Canada to the USA. If you would like a tracking number, or a faster shipping method (anywhere from three business days to overnight), please get in touch for an estimate prior to purchasing.

Frequently asked questions about Specimental

I am always open to hearing your design ideas. Please contact me through the shop, or at treloar@telus.net to discuss design possibilities.
If you are unsure of your ring size, the best way to be sized accurately is by visiting two commercial jewelers. Please ensure they size you using their thin sizing tools- not the wide band sizing tools, nor by having you try on rings from their display.

If any questions arise around being properly sized, I am always happy to help- contact me through the shop, or at treloar@telus.net
All of my pieces come ready to present as gifts, in attractive foil stamped jewelry boxes, enclosed in a lovely Chinese faux silk gift bag.

If the person for whom you are purchasing the piece shares your address, please be aware of the following: International export law dictates that the detailed contents of packages, and their value, be clearly marked on the outside of the package. This means that if they see the package before you do, they can easily tell what they are being gifted with.

I am happy to ship to your workplace, a friend, or a relative, when secrecy is necessary. The very best option is to have your package held for you at your closest Fed Ex store- if you are unsure of its location, I'm happy to help.
Our hands are busy objects, and any ring worn on a finger can become accidentally damaged. All rings need regular maintenance. Make sure you are buying your raw diamond ring from a jeweler with the knowledge and experience needed to ensure your stone stays put. Ask them about their warranty and their repair/upkeep policy. Look at how frequently they work with raw diamonds, and assess whether they have the technical experience to create a ring that will last your lifetime.
I stand behind each piece of jewellery I make. If something goes wrong with your ring, at any time- you slam your finger in a drawer and crush the band, you break a prong, you smash and crack your stone- you can count on me to support you with the repair.
My gold is all recycled- the metal plant I purchase it from has been in business for over 100 years. They smelt their metals to the highest environmental standards, to cause the least impact on the environment. They do not deal with newly mined metals, as these metals cause much greater destruction to the environment.

There is no visible difference between recycled metals and newly-mined metals. There is also no difference as far as the karat of the metals go- 18k recycled gold is exactly the same in constitution as 18k newly mined gold. The vast majority of my clients prefer their metals recycled, as environmental impact is of concern when choosing the perfect piece of jewelry.
I can use your heirloom stones in a new design. The stones must be pulled from their settings and checked for stability by a professional jeweler prior to shipping them to me. I cannot recycle your gold. I am not set up to smelt gold in the studio, so am not able to melt down your old gold pieces for you.
My current production times are listed in my shop announcement. If you need something more quickly, please get in touch via the shop, or at treloar@telus.net

Depending upon my work and family schedule, I am happy to accommodate your rush orders. There is no additional charge for a rush order. However, please do get in touch prior to ordering to discuss your deadline with me.
Yes! All of my pieces are completely hand fabricated in the studio by me, from raw materials. I am able to create any of my designs with any stone, in any composition. In short, you can have your ring absolutely any way you like it. Contact me through the shop, or via treloar@telus.net to get the discussion around your perfect piece of jewelry started.
A raw diamond is an exceptionally difficult stone to set properly. Their unique shape means that a custom setting needs to be fabricated for each and every stone. The way in which the setting is closed around the diamond must be approached in a very particular fashion.

I began setting these stones into my rings in 2009, when only a small handful of jewelers were working with this type of stone. As the appeal of raw diamonds has exploded, countless numbers of jewelers are now incorporating them into their designs. I have set thousands of raw diamonds into my pieces since then. Please check out my client feedback, as a testament to my workmanship and design skills: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Specimental?ref=hdr_shop_menu#reviews

Moldavite in Sterling Silver Necklace


  • Materials: moldavite, sterling silver
  • Ships worldwide from Canada
  • Feedback: 682 reviews
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