Silversmithing & Lapidary

work by Jim Wallace

I belong to two gem & mineral clubs.

The DC Gem, Mineral and Lapidary Society meets at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Ave, Washington, DC on the third Friday of the month. They have a major show on the first weekend of August in New Carrollton, MD. The club also has frequent rock hounding field trips during the year.

The Patuxent Lapidary Guild meets on the third Monday of the month. They have a fully equipped shop in Glen Burnie, MD where they have classes in silversmithing, casting, faceting and cabochon cutting. They also do rock hounding field trips.

Below are a few silver and gemstone pieces I have made over the years. None of these pieces are for sale.

The fly plaid brooch is pierced silver with three carnelian agates. It is about 3.5 inches across. The kilt pin is my rendition of a claymore (great sword) and is also about 3.5 inches long. They are shown pinned to my Wallace "red" kilt.

The pin on the left is of Malachite & rutile quartz about 2.5 inches long.

The Amazonite pendent on the right is about 1.25 inches long. I collected the Amazonite at the Morefield Mine in Amelia Court House, VA.

Left: 7" bracelet in the double-serpentine pattern. The links are not soldered.

Center: Sterling Silver 3n1 Half Persian 7" bracelet.

Right: The silver filigree cross pendent on the right is about 2.5 inches tall. I have made and sold many of these filigree crosses as well as matching earrings about 1 inch tall.

The brooch on the left is of Morrison Farm jasper and is about 2.75 inches wide. Nancy Lee can see a flying angel on the upper left and a lion who is carrying a cross on the right.

The filigree dragonfly on the right was done for Christmas 2000. The wingspan is almost 4 inches. There is a 8mm round brilliant Cairngorm (citrine from Scotland) on its back. There are 66 silver solder joints in this piece and it took over six hours to construct. Click on the Dragonfly image above to see a larger image.

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