Wednesday, 11 am
“I am cutting more serpentine with the lapidary,” announces Silvio. He points to the machine behind him. Two freshly cut stones sit there, ready for the polishing wheel. But the workbench is busy with repairs at this time, and this comes first.
A customer brought in earrings for Silvio to modify. “I am replacing the French Wire with a lever hook. People sometimes put aside earring they really love, because they are not comfortable with the part that attaches to the ear. Except for very large and heavy earrings, it is very rare that we cannot put a different clasp, stud, hook or wire on them.”
The wire on the customer’s earrings was a conventional, straight French wire. Silvio frequently replaces these with his own French wire design. It is shaped in such a manner as to prevent sliding. The drawing below is an example from earrings Silvio designed several months ago. However, the current customer prefers a lever hook. Jewelry is very personal, down to the last detail.
Silvio continues to experiment with the lapidary in between repairs and custom pieces. This will set the path for a wide array of new creations using local stones from his own collection, and also stones brought in by customers to include in truly unique and very personal jewelry for themselves or to offer as gifts.
Shown above, two medium-size slabs cut off a larger block. Funny how some rocks call to us, especially when they shine from beneath the surface of a brook, yet we almost wonder why we picked them up in the first place once they are dry and not as mesmerizing. Perhaps rocks are like people, there is a hidden inner beauty that shines forth with a smile, a touch of light, a shared moment.