Circle of Stones Natural Stone Jewelry & Cabochons.

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Susan Cobb

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Love the stones and let them shine

When my husband and I were first together, twenty years ago now, he took me to Tucson for the gem and mineral shows held there every February. He had a hobby business selling minerals and fossils, and I had an interest in stones. The jewelry cabochons I saw were so much more beautiful than anything I had seen before that I began scheming how I might buy them. I decided to learn to wirewrap. Deane and I went to West Viriginia for a week and had private lessons with a very elderly man who owned a jewelry store in downtown Morgantown. He wasn’t the best teacher, perhaps, but I spent a week where I did nothing but play with wire. That was my start.
So my interest in jewelry making has always been about the stones. I love a stone with character much more than one that is “perfect.” I’m especially partial to stones with pictures -- landscapes, images, patterns, or traces of crystal structure that shows how the stone formed. I choose each stone I set individually. I have types of stones, like rainbow moonstone, that I buy regularly every year, but many more that surprise me. All of the stones I buy have to be beautiful and well cut, and I prefer to buy from people who cut the stones themselves when possible.
As I’ve worked with the stones over the years, I’ve developed a style of setting them that I am happy with. This took about the first ten years of wire wrapping. I use round wire because I like the beautiful soft sheen it has, and also because it is particularly good for hugging the curves of rounded cabochons. I use heavier gauges of wire because I favor larger stones. My settings completely enclose the sides of the cabochons, but leave the back open, as is normal for wirewrapping. But the settings do not obscure the front of the cabochon, as that is the focus of the piece. Each piece is a set of wires shaped around the stone, with the ends meeting at the top to form a bail, leaving some ends that need to be incorporated into the piece. I finish my ends in several ways, but always with the same curves that characterize the setting as a whole. When a setting is finished, the stone stands forward and draws the eye. The setting steps back and provides a beautiful frame for the piece. I use mostly silver wire, as it tends not to compete with the stones, but use gold-filled wire for some pieces, where the color or quality of the stone is better demonstrated against the stronger personality of gold.

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  • Susan Cobb

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Wire wrapping is a skill I developed to give me a way to buy and use the beautiful natural stone cabochons I saw when my husband took me to the Tucson gem shows for the first time 25 years ago. My intent is to let the stones shine.

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