Damascus and Sapphire Brooch

Damascus and Sapphire Brooch

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April, 2015

This is a brooch I made for a contest that the International Precious Metals Institution holds every year; this particular year was the contest's 25th year anniversary, so I wanted to make something really unique.

I started by cutting up part of a billet I forged a few years ago and shaping it into an oval cabochon. However, as luck would have it the back of the cab had a more interesting pattern than the front, so when I made the bezel I left the back open. I decided to accent the cab with a radial pattern, and those forged curves I like so much seemed like the best candidate. I had some 2mm sapphires left over from another project, so I tube set those between each of the curves for a little extra ornamentation.

This brooch ended up winning second place, and it was auctioned off at the IPMI 39th Precious Metals Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

An alternate view of the brooch can be found by clicking here.

15n20 & 1084 tool steels, sterling silver, sapphires, and stainless steel.